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“Targeting 100% plastic recycling by 2025”

A very interesting article in ICIS about the Circular Plastic Industry in France, subscribing our adopted Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. At Dutch PET Recycling we support these economic policies!

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French National Assembly adopts new circular economy measures

By Linda Naylor

23-Jan-20 13:37

LONDON (ICIS)–French policymakers this week are understood to have backed a raft of new measures to reduce plastic waste, including a ban on single-use materials by 2040.

French deputies adopted the “projet de loi” concerning the struggle against waste and also the circular economy by 227 votes to 10, with 15 abstentions, on Tuesday evening, after it began its journey more than two years ago.

The vote will now be definitively adopted by the Senate on 30 January.

The assembly’s acceptance was of little surprise to delegates at a summit organised for polymers buyers in the country organised by the Federation de la Plasturgie et des Composites.

On Wednesday they were beginning to digest what this would mean for the industry, but also for the consumer.

“This comes as no surprise,” said one converter at the Plasturgie meeting. “We will just do what we have to do.”

Others implied this would be a difficult task to realise.

According to press reports, the law encompasses ideas bandied about for some while now:

  • Single use plastic to be banned by 2040
  • Repair index to be introduced on electric and electronic goods
  • Abolition of the practice of destroying non-food unsold goods
  • Systematic phasing out of automatic paper receipts at the till – immediately for a value below 10 euros, progressively for higher values
  • Introduction of deposit schemes for the recycling of plastic bottles, targeting 100% plastic recycling by 2025
  • No single use plastic in fast food outlets by 2023
  • Introduction of medicines to be sold singly by 2022, to avoid the current wastage of medicines
  • Extension of the polluter-payer principle for toys, cigarettes, sports and leisure articles, DIY and gardening articles“[We are] leaving a throwaway society for one that reuses,” secretary of state Brune Poirson on a French TV interview. (Translated from the original).

“To walk away from a throwaway society, we need a more systematic approach… in this anti-waste law, we are creating conditions to develop le vrac (non-packaged products), to repair objects, to fight against planned obsolescence,” she added.

There have been voices for and against this law, with some involved in the industry complaining about the cost of some of the proposed schemes- such as deposit schemes- and others saying it doesn’t go far enough, quickly enough.

The World Wildlife Fund expressed disappointment over the new project.

“Unfortunately these measures remain insufficient in the face of the magnitude of the plastics crisis,” it said on its website. “Together we can continue to mobilise to eliminate plastics from nature by 2030.” China is also set to ban or restrict production, sales and use of disposable plastic products via three stages in the next five years, according to an instruction jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, also this week.

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Virgin or Flakes?

“To know the price fluctuations in virgin material, flakes and (food grade) pellets you constantly have to use sources like ICIS. Besides the prices we noticed that also sustainable development targets become more important. This resulted over the last years in an increase of using flakes.”

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“Transport of containers on sea and all of the necessary paperwork is quite challenging. We got help of the logistics department of Dutch PET Recycling, their Agent and Freight Forwarder. We learned very rapidly how to do it. For instance a template for a packing list and advise on REX-registration. Al together it saved us time and costs.”

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“Actually we were negotiating on prices and conditions. But meanwhile Dutch PET Recycling gave us a truly significant advise in changing the NIR and Colour sorting units in our production line. It improved our quality immediately. They really know what they are talking about.”

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At the start up of our local company, Dutch PET Recycling really helped us with some practical issues. For example the use of the right size Big Bag and how to fill them to the max.

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New agents!

Dutch PET Recycling is proud to announce new agents in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam. We welcome Anis Mohammed, Tamseela Bano and Ngo Duy Minh to our team.

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New recycling plant in Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam

Plastic Recycling Tanzania Ltd has been incorporated and registered with the Tanzanian Investment Center. The construction of the production location in Dar Es Salaam has started. Dutch PET Recycling is a partner and shares her knowledge and experience in the set-up of the plant. Also Dutch PET Recycling facilitates in machinery. In December 2019 a baler is shipped to Tanzania. These first steps should result in a complete plastic recycling plant. Giving work to about 3.000 employees. The first production outcome is planned at the end of Q1 2020. For updates you can click on the logo.

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Deze wijnfles is gemaakt van gerecycleerd plastic en past in de brievenbus

Op zoek naar een ecologisch én handig cadeau voor de feestdagen? Deze volledig gerecycleerde wijnfles kan je zelfs in de brievenbus steken. De fles is naast platter ook lichter, maar heeft toch een volume van 75 centiliter. David Attenborough gaf al aan fan te zijn.
e flessen zijn gemaakt uit gerecycleerd plastic en passen in de standaard Britse brievenbus. Brits bedrijf Garçon Wines wilde eigenlijk eerst gewoon een wijnclub zijn, maar kwam om op het idee om flessen te produceren toen een vriend van de oprichters klaagde over de moeilijke bezorging van wijn. De bedenkers van de handige verpakking verschenen in 2016 op de show van de Amerikaanse zender CNBC Pop Up Start Up en ontvingen 20.000 pond om het bedrijf te starten.

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Naast plaats spaart de platte, moeilijk breekbare wijnfles ongeveer 1.89 miljard euro uit aan kosten van mislukte bezorgingen. Bij die mislukte bezorgingen hoort ook bijna één miljoen kilogram aan CO2-uitstoot, die dus door de handigere flessen bespaard zou kunnen worden. Door de flessen uit gerecycleerd plastic te maken, wordt bovendien in het productieproces 500 gram CO2 per fles bespaard.

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Het idee won verschillende prijzen en werd door het magazine Forbes “de grootste vooruitgang in wijnverpakking in 200 jaar” genoemd. Ook bioloog en presentator David Attenborough is fan. Santiago Navarro, een van de oprichters, verklaarde aan Euronews dat de wijnindustrie slechts recent is beginnen nadenken over het milieu. “De meeste wijnbedrijven denken niet na over de verpakking, ze gebruiken gewoon wat er op de markt is. Het is een verouderd model, alsof we een 19e eeuws schip zouden gebruiken in de 21e eeuw.”

De flessen kosten 16,57 euro per stuk. Ze hebben onder andere een Chileense Sauvignon Blanc en Merlot, en een Spaanse rosé in hun gamma.

Het bericht “Deze wijnfles is gemaakt van gerecycleerd plastic en past in de brievenbus” verscheen eerst op Metro.

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Visting one of our suppliers

“We do appreciate the visits very much. Dutch PET Recycling always comes themselves to see the company, meet our employees and discuss improvements and possibilities.”

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In the future, we will use more plastics!

The world is facing plastic waste as a huge problem. The plastic industry is challenged as well as all consumers of plastics. In the future, we will use more plastics. Why is this good news? Read the whole article in PETplanet Insider at www.petpla.net or click on the picture beside.