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Not quite 100%: The importance of transparency in non-mechanical recycling

There is a gap between supply and demand when it comes to recycled materials. This report provides the results from a survey and in-depth interviews with several major consumer product brands (the demand side), regarding the current state of play for recycled plastics, as well as future needs and demands.

To the brands, the importance of supply chain transparency, stricter standards, and correct information regarding actual recycled content far outweigh the “100% recycled” labels that suppliers go out of their way to achieve.

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What goes around

Increased use of virgin materials and low recycling levels show that a circular economy is far from being realised. The presence of chemicals of concern in materials is an im­portant reason for this. Mechanical recycling will remain the main recycling technology for the foreseeable future, which makes establish­ing non­toxic waste streams the key to scaling up the circular economy.

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Keep Circular Economy free from Hazardous Chemicals (April 2016)

Circular economy has recently attracted a lot of attention, and we can now see the first steps in this process taking shape. At ChemSec, we see great potential for the circular economy and chemicals regulations to reinforce each other and boost recycling in a sustainable way, with safe and long- lasting products. As the essence of the circular economy has to seep through a large number of legislative proposals and committee decisions, we believe it is important that ambition levels are kept high in all areas.