On 24 August, the EUPR (European Plastic Recyclers) issued a press release which outlines the increase of plastic waste exported to the Far East. In particular, they state that some of the European collection systems are directly or indirectly supporting plastics waste exports to the Far East and question the sustainability of plastics waste recycling in this region.

All PRO EUROPE members are highly aware of their environmental, economic and social responsibilities, both in Europe and abroad. We also agree that local recycling is a better option as long as this is in line with free trade and international competition rules. Within this context, PRO EUROPE members do their utmost to ensure that recycling of EU plastic waste in the Far East is sustainable from an environmental, economic and social viewpoint.
PRO EUROPE believes the sustainability objective is achieved and explains how in responding to the EUPR press release.

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