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EU Parliament confirm mandatory recycled content requirement in plastic bottles

25th October 2018

Cherry Whittaker

Proposal for all new plastic beverages containers to be produced with a minimum of 35% recycled content from 2025 has been given the go ahead

The proposed amend to the Single-Use Plastics Directive put forward by the Environment Committee earlier this year (see our story here) to make 35% recycled content in new plastic bottles mandatory from 2025, has been approved by European Parliament (24 October 2018). 

Industry body, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) are pleased with this decision and believe this required target for plastic drinks containers will greatly contribute to achieving the desired circular economy approach to plastic usage.

In addition, FEAD are positive that the EU will agree a finalised level of obligatory recycled content by the end of 2018 to subsequently be written into law by 2025. The organisation's President feels that this will result in a significant demand increase for plastic recyclates in drinks containers and ultimately, a positive change in plastic re-use which should have happened before now.