Global definition of plastics’ recyclability

In a press release published on July 12, 2018, the industry association Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) informed that, together with the U.S.-based Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), it has developed a “global definition governing the use of the term ‘recyclable’ as it relates to plastics packaging and products.”

The definition emphasizes the importance of several aspects that go beyond the mere technical recyclability of a material. Thus, for a product to be considered recyclable, the following four conditions should be met: 



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