Plastics and recycling


Plastic: The raw material for a wide variety of markets.

Packaging is the largest application in Europe for the plastic industry, by representing around the 40% of the total plastics demand.

Construction and building is the second largest application sector in Europe with around 20% of the European demand.

Automotive sector is the third one, with a share of around 8% of the total demand.

Electrical and electronic applications represent a 5% of plastics’ demand, followed by the agricultural sector which has a demand of 4.3%.

Other applications such as medical products, furniture, appliances, household consumer products, represent around the 20% of the plastics demand in Europe.

Why is recycling so important?

Once scrapped, plastics can take a very long time with consequent landfills’ overburden and environment’s contamination. By turning scraps such as bottles, bag, films, packaging and other plastics waste into new goods, recycling benefits the environment by keeping plastics scraps out of landfills, and, on the other hand, it enables to create economic opportunities.

Plastics’ recycling allows giving new life to still-useful materials by encouraging the development of new and innovative products which are manufactured from recycled materials.


According to most recent sector analysis, dumping 10000 t of waste in a landfill generates 6 new jobs, while recycling the same quantity creates 36 new jobs which, furthermore, add value to materials giving them a second life.