IRPC Activity Report 2019
“The fact that industrial and commercial waste is now monitored means we finally have an accurate picture of the selective collection carried out by companies. This is an important step in the transition towards a more circular economy. In this context, co-responsibility of all stakeholders is another essential prerequisite.”
We are now halfway through Valipac’s accreditation period and are making good progress. One area has proved to be more difficult than expected, namely systematically documenting all the recycling channels.
This is because of China’s decision in 2018 to close its borders to plastic waste from Europe, which severely disrupted the international waste trading market and caused a rush on European recycling facilities. Although the trading market recovered somewhat in 2019, the recycling channels are still less stable than they used to be and it now takes more effort to monitor the waste streams. We are confident that we will overcome this obstacle and will have a clear picture of all recycling channels by the end of the accreditation period.
Fortunately, the problem affects only a small proportion of industrial and commercial plastic waste: 84.9% of this waste is recycled either within the EU or in a controlled channel outside the EU, where recycling is guaranteed.
The IRPC wants to be 100% certain that all the quantities included in the figures have actually been recycled and, moreover, under good conditions. If the recycling proof submitted is not conclusive, then, as a precaution, we do not include these tonnages in the results.
The IRPC believes that the future of industrial and commercial packaging waste recycling also lies within Europe. We must therefore strive to keep recycling close to home and, if possible, even in Belgium.