The plastics industry is undergoing a transformation. The shift to a circular economy is in focus and this has significant implications: Society's attitude towards plastics is changing, politics is reacting with new regulations and laws, and the plastics industry is faced with the challenge of creating the conditions to meet its customers' demand for products made entirely or partly from recycled materials.
The complexity of the topic "plastics cycle" is shown in the following infographic. It clearly shows that the willingness to contribute to solving the problem exists in many forms and shapes. It also shows the EU targets for packaging waste recycling by 2030, depending on the material type, and that there is still a long way to go to meet the demand targets for plastic packaging made from post-consumer recycled material. PET is presented as a prime example of a functioning circular economy. Finally, the infographic shows at the end the main factors why plastic recyclates have not been used sufficiently to date and what solutions there are to increase the recyclate share in the future.