Cologne, 26 November 2018. Der Grüne Punkt welcomes the Five-Point Plan of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment targeting less plastic and more recycling. “Plastic is a valuable raw material, and we have to deal more responsibly with it,” emphasizes Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt. This will necessitate not only waste avoidance, but also recycling-friendly design of products and the use of recyclates instead of new plastic made from petroleum. “The paper addresses all these important aspects. I hope that the plan will now be put into purposeful practice,” says Michael Wiener.
At present, Germany and Europe are still a long way away from their self-formulated targets: the production capacity in Europe for new plastics is 60 million tons a year, compared with just three million tons for recyclates. The European Commission wanted to ensure through voluntary commitments that ten million tons of plastic recyclates are used by 2025. So far, however, commitments have been received for a mere five million tons.
“Even this not-very-ambitious target will thus most probably not be achieved,” sums up Michael Wiener. “We still have an effortful path ahead of us when it comes to developing and progressing markets for recyclates. The business community must finally recognize the major opportunities inherent in the closed-cycle economy. Otherwise, as with other fields of innovation, we are here, too, running a risk of being overtaken by rivals and left behind,” warns Michel Wiener. China, in particular, is currently making huge efforts and investing large sums in the closed-cycle economy.
The five-point plan of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment provides not least for a recyclate initiative. Manufacturers and consumers are to be informed that, thanks to substantial technological advances, nowadays recyclates can be used in new, top-quality products. In addition, products made from recyclates are to be prioritized in public-sector procurement. “Der Grüne Punkt has for many years now been proactively supporting these goals, not least within the framework of its own recyclate initiative in conjunction with partner companies – I am delighted to see that this idea has now been adopted by the Environment Ministry,” says Michael Wiener in conclusion.
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About the Der Grüne Punkt Group:
The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the closed-cycle economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) is the market leader of the dual systems in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.