There is a demand for flexible packaging, but historically it has caused problems for recyclers.
Yearly, 15 metric tons of flexible film are put on the EU market, of which nine metric tons are polyethylene (PE), however, Europe only recycles 23 percent of PE films.
According to a new study, this packaging has a high potential for Europe to meet recycling targets for plastic. Yet, to achieve greater recycling rates, investments must be made simultaneously in collection methods and the quality of sorted waste.
There is the potential to increase the use of recycled content with polypropylene flexible packaging, which has a market of approximately 2.5 metric tons.