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Cologne, 18 March 2020. “Everyone concurs that there is no alternative to a circular economy – but not everyone is equally committed to it,” comments Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt, on the third Global Recycling Day. “Everyone realizes that we cannot go on consuming resources and then throwing them away.” But the readiness to invest when necessary in sustainable management of resources (and plastic in particular) is still far from widespread. The costs for this kind of policy-making, visibly exemplified by littering of the seas with plastic waste, are being added to the coming generation’s burden.
“It’s like the introduction of renewable energies,” says Michael Wiener. “That was a major accomplishment, a real tour de force, and it hasn’t been completed yet. Many people claimed at first that we would never be able to attain the present-day state of the art.” But meanwhile renewable energies account for a relevant proportion of Germany’s energy supply. When it comes to plastics and the circular economy, this effort is still to come. “With plastics recycling, we’re still just starting out.” For instance, the demand for plastic recyclates in Europe is a mere six percent of total plastics consumption. “Recycled plastic continues to play practically no role in the manufacture of plastic products,” criticizes Michael Wiener.
In order to change this, Der Grüne Punkt is recommending:
Global Recycling Day
Global Recycling Day was introduced as an initiative by the Bureau of International Recycling, and has been celebrated since 2018. The day is intended to promote recycling and establish it as an important source of raw materials, in order to economize on natural resources.
“Recycling and the circular economy are THE raw material sources of the future,” predicts Michael Wiener confidently. “But like every source of raw materials, they have to be rendered accessible. This first requires effort and investment – and then it will pay off for those who manage it prudently.”
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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 circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) has introduced the dual system 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.