Plastics Recyclers Europe and Styrenics Circular Solutions deepen collaboration

19 February 2021

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), the organisation representing the voice of the European plastics recyclers and Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers, announced their reciprocal membership.

This collaboration adds to the network of the already existing eleven SCS members, from across the value chain and to the extensive network of over 140 PRE members.

Jens Kathmann, Secretary-General of SCS, commented: "This is a crucial new membership for SCS. Joining forces together with PRE, which represents the individual recyclers across Europe, will further accelerate the momentum that SCS has been building to create a strong market pull away from incineration and landfill towards significantly increased plastic-to-plastic recycling of polystyrene. Building on the excellent sortability and unique circularity of polystyrene, our joint efforts will extend the closed loop food contact recycling beyond bottles to new applications."

Antonino Furfari, Managing Director of PRE, said: "With this collaboration, we want to drive high-quality recycling for styrenics to be used back in high-end applications, including food contact. This reciprocal membership is yet another important step of joining forces of the industry towards making all plastics fully circular."

About Styrenics Circular Solutions

Styrenics Circular Solutions is the value chain initiative to increase the circularity of styrenics. The initiative engages the entire value chain in the development and industrialisation of new recycling technologies and solutions. It aims to strengthen the sustainability of styrenic products while improving resource efficiency within the Circular Economy.

About PRE

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is an organization representing the voice of the European plastics recyclers who reprocess plastic waste into high-quality material destined for the production of new articles. Recyclers are important facilitators of the circularity of plastics and the transition towards the circular economy.

Plastics recycling in Europe is a rapidly growing sector representing €3bn in turnover, 8.5 million tonnes of installed recycling capacity, 600 companies and 18.000 employees.