European Plastics Converters (EuPC) has developed a digital platform to monitor the incorporation of recycled polymers into products.
Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE) was launched 25 April and is available for use by convertors, EuPC said in a statement.
The move aims to support the European Commission’s EU Plastics Strategy through monitoring and registering convertors’ efforts to reach the EU target of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers used annually between 2025 and 2030.)
Over the months of February and March, a selected number of EuPC members successfully tested the platform, which is now available in the six EU countries of Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The current regions, according to the Brussels-based EuPC, account for close to 50% of the recycled polymers used in Europe.
Additional EU countries will follow in May and June to cover the entire EU by summer 2019.
“After eight months of hard work and convincing the industry of the benefits of this tool, we are delighted to present this new digital platform in our plastics converting community in Europe,” said Alexandre Dangis, EuPC Managing Director said
Through the platform, Dangis believes, the industry can display its efforts towards a circular plastics economy and be more transparent on the volumes of recycled polymers used in converting infrastructures.
While the platform enables the monitoring of circularity of plastics, it will require strong participation by convertors to function appropriately and maintain credibility.
To that end, EuPC has appointed national coordinators in several countries to work closely with members and to promote MORE within the plastics converting industry.
OEMs, brands, and polymer platforms have also been encouraged to stimulate registration of these volumes through increased value chain collaboration.
MORE is currently available in English, German, Spanish, Italian and French. The aim is to cover most of the official EU languages by the end of 2019.