A Roadmap Towards a Circular Plastics & Packaging Industry in Asia
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On 01 January 2019 we included the Global Definition of ‘Plastics Recyclability’ into APPA.
This definition was issued by The Association of Plastic Recyclers and Plastics Recyclers Europe and we have included it into the APPA document. It states:
“Plastics must meet four conditions for a product to be considered recyclable:
1. The product must be made with a plastic that is collected for recycling, has market value and/or is supported by a legislatively mandated program.
2. The product must be sorted and aggregated into defined streams for recycling processes.
3. The product can be processed and reclaimed/recycled with commercial recycling processes.
4. The recycled plastic becomes a raw material that is used in the production of new products.”
About the Asian Plastics & Packaging Agreement
As there is a growing global movement to tackle plastic and packaging waste by setting long term targets to eliminate problematic single use plastics in the market we prepared the Asian Plastics & Packaging Agreement (APPA). However setting targets in Asia requires a broader framework to build capacity, which can be measured, maintained and managed over the long-term and to ensure it is supported through a robust recyclable resource recovery collection system with reprocessing factories based on Circular Economy values across the Asian Pacific region.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018, industry leaders agreed on a Global Plastics Protocol setting commonly agreed definitions and industry standards on what materials are put into the marketplace, to ensure packaging is compatible with existing and cost-effective recycling infrastructures.
APPA is a document that can be adopted as is or reworded to suit each country’s requirements as long as there is agreement on the targets. APPA aims to focus not just on targets but also solutions to reduce the use of plastics through innovative product sales delivery systems that fit the Asian retail environment. In addition we believe it is vital that companies are supported in this transition and consumers are included in the process through new labelling systems that clearly assist to improve recycling behaviours.