Plastics Recovery in Europe

The Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) tracks plastics recycling statistics for the overall European market. Table 14.3 shows historical data from APME for the recovery and recycling of postuse plastics in Europe [16]. The full report can be found on the APME website www.apme.org. The total percentage of plastics diverted from landfill in 1990 was 23%, increasing to 32% in 1999. Energy recovery was the predominate method of recovery followed

Table 14.3 Plastics Recovery and Recycling Rates in Europe (1990-1999)

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