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Promoting the importance of plastics in the circular economy to achieve the European objective of using at least 10 million tons of recycled plastics in the production of new products by 2025.

That is the aim of the Circular Plastics Alliance, a voluntary initiative that unites public and private actors from the plastics sector. The declaration was signed in September 2019 during a high-level event at the European Commission in Brussels, where essenscia, the Belgian sector federation of chemistry, plastics and life sciences, also joined this alliance.

Sector federation essenscia shares the vision for more recycled plastics in Europe and commits to taking action to help achieve this ambitious European goal. Essential priorities for overcoming obstacles to the recycling of plastics include increasing the recycling rate, developing new technologies, such as chemical recycling and more collaboration between sector partners, for example in product design.

One of the initiatives in which essenscia actively participates is MORE, which stands for Monitoring Recyclates for Europe. This is a new European digital platform that accurately maps the recycling rate of plastics.

Thanks to this tool, the recycling rate of plastics can be assessed annually on the basis of the data entered by plastic converters. This means it is possible to identify the applications where more recycled material could be used. Belgium was one of the first six EU countries to adopt the MORE program.

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