NL: Recycling less attractive – fear for surplus collected plastic

04 April 2016

Dutch Broadcast Foundation (NOS) reports it is possible there will be a surplus in collected plastic waste. More and more recyclable plastic waste is coming onto the market, but because of the low oil price producers often choose virgin plastic.
Waste collecting and processing firms are afraid the plastic that is now stored will eventually be incinerated. In the Netherlands the whole process of collecting and recycling municipal waste is in the hands of the municipalities. They receive a total amount of 120 million euros in funding from the packaging industry. Unless the demand for recycled plastic increases considerably, the packaging industry might have to increase the funding.
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Click here for the Fact check that the organisations KIDV and Natuur & Milieu, supported by CE Delft, comprised as a reaction to the publications (554 kB, in Dutch).
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