Cologne, 1 October 2020. How can the market for recycled plastics be supported and promoted? What applications are already available today for recycled plastics and what role can standards play? And does a tax on non-recycled plastics really help? CEO Michael Wiener addressed these issues today during the visit of Ursula Heinen-Esser, Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Cologne. Wiener informed the Minister about the latest developments in plastics recycling and showed products made of recycled plastics with which the new headquarters of Der Grüne Punkt in Cologne is equipped.
Ms Heinen-Esser and Mr Wiener agreed that in addition to avoiding plastics, more plastic waste must be recycled in order to effectively reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste and increase the contribution of recycling to climate protection. A prerequisite for this, however, was to advance the markets for recycled plastics, as far too few recyclates are used today.
"The low oil price is making plastics ever cheaper – but the costs of high-quality recyclates in particular are determined by other factors. Their production is labor-intensive and machine-intensive. Since they are only produced in comparatively small quantities, they have a structural disadvantage compared to new plastic. This can only be changed if we specifically promote the use of recyclates – for example, by stipulating the proportion of recyclates in certain products," explained Michael Wiener.
In June 2020, Der Grüne Punkt moved into a new building in Cologne-Gremberghoven. The interior is partly made of the Green Dot's Systalen plastic recyclates. Der Grüne Punkt has worked with innovative manufacturers in order to be able to use a wide variety of products, from flooring to furniture, which are at least partly made of Systalen.
Caption: Ursula Heinen-Esser, Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Michael Wiener, CEO Der Grüne Punkt. Among other things, the group of companies produces recycled plastic waste from which new products are made, such as chairs. (Picture: Jan Knoff/Der Grüne Punkt)
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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 circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), with the Green Dot as its trademark, was among the companies to introduce and establish 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.