Cologne/Berlin, 10 April 2019. “How can we put more recyclates from plastic packages back into circulation?” A question discussed by the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the German Parliament in Berlin today. As one of the experts invited, Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt, made it clear that significantly more recyclates could be used: “Firstly, how far have we come in developing recyclates? Short answer: quite a long way! Secondly, what does the demand for recyclates look like? Nonetheless not very good!”
Present-day recyclates, he continued, are also suitable for sophisticated applications like packaging, nonetheless: “We are left with stocks of unsold recyclates because there is no market for them. Firstly, new plastic is simply much cheaper. New plastic has huge economies of scale, the oil price has been low for years now, and when it comes to the mineral oil tax, it is even given preference. External costs of new plastic have so far been ignored entirely.”
This is why, he added, the market urgently needs appropriate nurturing from the political community. “If there were utilization quotas, the business community would lose no time in investing for providing the requisite quotas and quantities,” is Michael Wiener’s firm conviction. “How do we manage to put more recyclates back into circulation? With a business community that assumes responsibility, with a binding utilization quota for recyclates, with sustainable procurement and more nurturing.”
Picture: Deutscher Bundestag / Stella von Saldern
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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.