Recycling and circular economy
Around 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated in Europe each year. Less than 30% of that waste is collected for recycling. Of this amount, a significant part leaves the EU to be treated in third countries, where environmental regulations allow greater pollution, and another part ends up in our seas or in landfills.
It is estimated that the production of plastics and the incineration of plastic waste worldwide generate approximately 400 million tons of CO2 per year. Using more recycled plastics reduces dependence on fossil fuel extraction for plastics production and curbs CO2 emissions. The annual energy saving potential that could be achieved by recycling all the world's plastic waste is equivalent to 3.5 billion barrels of oil per year.
The Circular Economy improves efficiency in the consumption of our Earth's resources, by conserving materials and transforming waste into secondary raw materials.
The old model of a “throwaway” consumer society has led to an environmental catastrophe. The European Union has started to act with the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy adopted in 2018 and the European Green Deal launched in 2019.
For this reason, at Sostenplas we advocate for a Circular and sustainable Economy model in which resources are conserved and reused.