A questionnaire exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on recycled plastic materials (rPM) has been issued by the European Plastics Converters trade association (EuPC) – a group that represents plastics reprocessors and recyclers throughout Europe. The survey follows the results of the third survey in February and is open to all plastics converting companies in Europe. It can be accessed on the Polymer Comply Europe website.
After the success of the first two editions of the survey in 2017 and 2018 with more than 860 companies taking part, the full release of the third survey report was delayed in order to include relevant information on how Covid-19 would impact the use of plastic in Europe. Results for both surveys will now be published in November 2020.
In recent years, the EU has committed to stricter policies surrounding plastic waste and the uptake of recycled polymers. This began with its launch of its Plastics Strategy in 2018, which aimed to build markets for recycled plastic to pull plastic through the system, while reducing plastic waste and limiting the use of single-use plastics. The latest survey will explore the full extent of the impact of Covid-19 on the plastics supply chain. Looking ahead, a tax on plastics is due to begin in January 2021. Cracking down on plastic waste has been prevalent in latest deals made within the EU including the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Plan.