Very little plastic is recycled, both worldwide and in Europe, including in the Netherlands. Governments (national and EU) and companies have expressed the target of tripling the sharing of plastic recycling, from about 15% today to about 45% in 2030. To achieve this, a solid increase in both mechanical and chemical recycling is needed.
As part of the transition to a strong and healthy circular economy, the EBZ Taskforce Circular Economy is considering a circular raw materials hub with a focus on plastics in the Rotterdam port industrial complex and South Holland. In order to gain more insight into the possible interpretation and impact of such a circular raw materials hub, the EBZ Taskforce requested further research into:
CE Delft & TNO conducted this study jointly. Some notable results are:
The report describes and elaborates the measures that South Holland could take to promote the circular plastic valorisation hub. This includes action in the areas of waste processing, sorting, logistics and policy.