• In 2018, global plastics production almost reached 360 million tonnes; in Europe, there was a slight decrease in the plastics production from 64.4 million tonnes in 2017 to 61.8 million tonnes in 2018.
  • Since 2006, the volume of plastics waste sent to recycling in Europe has doubled.
  • The European plastics industry is highly committed to accelerate its transformation towards a more circular and resource efficient plastics economy.

The industry’s progress and new developments to increase sustainability and circularity of plastics were unveiled today at the PlasticsEurope press conference at K 2019, the world’s number 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber.

Dr Rüdiger Baunemann, Regional Director – Central Region PlasticsEurope and Director General PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. opened the convening with an analysis of the European plastics production, demand and waste data. “Plastics – the Facts 2019” was launched on this occasion.

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