Food industry and recycling: the keys to a successful partnership

The use of recycled plastic is key for the food industry. At present, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the only plastic material with authorized recycling processes for the packaging of many foods, complying with all the safety requirements of the European Union (EU). The increase in its use by food companies is forcing the recycling industry…

The social value of recycling in the European Circular Economy strategy

Recycling is key to establishing a more sustainable production and consumption model. This is revealed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its report ‘Policy brief on making the most of the social economy’s contribution to the circular economy’, where it underlines the importance of recycling within the European Circular Economy strategy…

What types of plastics can be recycled and what are they used for?

Plastic is one of the key materials in today’s economy. Every year, around 400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide, of which around 70 million tons originate in Europe. According to the United Nations (UN), only 14% is recycled, although in recent years much investment has been made at all levels both to increase…

What can recycling do to prevent excessive plastic pollution?

Plastic pollution is the main determinant in controlling the deterioration of ecosystems, according to a study by Nature. In other words, to ensure greater sustainability of the planet, it is key to promote plastic recycling, for example, promoting growth in the production of reusable PET containers, which will help reverse the process of environmental deterioration.…

Plastic recycling in Spain

Although plastic recycling in Spain has made great progress in recent years, there is still much room for improvement in the future. In global terms, recycling of household plastics has already exceeded 600,000 tons per year in the country, which means that each inhabitant recycles around 13 kilos of plastic each year, something that only…

Main uses of PET, the king of plastic materials

Polyethylene terephthalate or polyethylene terephthalate is the material that makes up PET containers. This type of plastic is increasingly used by different economic sectors, thanks to the important advantages it offers, such as its flexibility and lightness, the chemical and thermal resistance it withstands, its resistance to abrasion and breakage, and the fact that it…