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25. November 2019

European Circular Plastics Alliance

The European Association of Plastics Recycling (EPRO) as one of the first signatories, sends out a clear signal for a sustainable circular economy.

The Circular Plastics Alliance gathers public and private stakeholders in the plastics value chains to promote voluntary actions and commitments for more recycled plastics © European Commission

More than 100 leading companies and associations in the plastics industry have signed a commitment in Brussels to promote the circular economy in Europe. Launched by the EU Commission, the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) plans to ensure the reuse of ten million tonnes of recycled plastics in new products by 2025. In order to achieve this goal, the Alliance brings together representatives from the entire value chain – from Waste Management and Recycling companies to Raw Material producers and processors, brand owners and retailers. The initial signatories include the European Association of Plastics Recycling (EPRO).

“With over 20 years of experience in organizing and implementing EPR systems for plastic packaging and agricultural film, accounting for nearly 70 percent of all plastic waste in Europe, we can play a key role in the Circular Plastics Alliance," said Francis Huysman, EPRO chairman. “We see the Alliance as a great initiative for taking plastics recycling to the next level. Business needs to concentrate its entire effort on using more recycled materials, investing more in high-tech sorting systems and recycling plants. This is the only way to close the crucial gaps in an efficient circular economy.”

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Declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance (36 KB)

List of signatories CPA (273 KB)


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EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organizations, is a pan-European partnership of 23 specialist organizations that are working to develop efficient solutions for the sustainable management of plastics resources.

As a certified specialist company, RIGK GmbH organizes, on behalf of its licensees (fillers, distributors, traders and importers), the recovery of used and empty packaging and plastics from its German customers, arranging a safe and sustainable recycling of these materials. In addition, the company provides advice on the development of individual recovery and recycling solutions. Internationally, RIGK is represented in Romania and Chile. RIGK's Romanian subsidiary similarly recovers and recycles used packaging and plastics in Romania. RIGK Chile SpA advises local industry on establishing systems and implementing environmental and recycling legal requirements. The shareholders of RIGK GmbH are well-known manufacturers of plastics and packaging. RIGK GmbH has been a member of EPRO since 2006, establishing a working group for the recycling of agricultural plastics waste. RIGK is the joint organizer with EPRO of the International Recycling Forum in Wiesbaden, which will take place in this city for the third time in 2019.