The Circular Economy Package of the European Commission and its Plastic Strategy created a new drive for a more circular polymer economy, requiring new business models and enhancing value chain collaboration.
The proven success of voluntary value chain collaborations such as Petcore Europe, representing the complete PET value chain in Europe since 1993, and Vinylplus, committed to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, inspired other value chains.
- The Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP) is a collaborative organisation transforming the polyolefins system to keep maximum material in the economy, at its highest value, for as long as possible.
- CEFLEX is the collaborative initiative of a European consortium of companies representing the entire value chain of flexible packaging.
- Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) is a joint industry initiative and the unified, driving force behind the acceleration of styrenics recycling through innovative technologies and partner-driven solutions.
The involvement of the major polymer producers and plastic converters based in Belgium in the above mentioned platforms demonstrate the ambitions of the sector to be at the heart of the circular economy.