Recycled content of plastic bottles – The European Parliament approved the 35% target

The European Parliament in plenary meeting approved in a landmark vote on 24 October 2018 a target of 35% of mandatory recycled plastic by 2025 in beverage bottles.

This binding target is part of the report led by Ms. Frederique RIES, Rapporteur for the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament (ALDE, BE), which amends the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive proposed by the European Commission. Since the beginning of the discussions on the Commission proposal, the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) and several other organizations promoting recycling have sought the inclusion of a target for the recycled content of plastic products in order to increase demand for secondary raw materials. Negotiations on the SUP Directive are still ongoing among the EU institutions, therefore, the organizations urge the Council to endorse the target.

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