PET Collection Rates

PET collection rates across Europe

  • > 45%

  • < 45%

  • Not reported

Denmark 96%*
96%
Germany 95%
95%
Belgium 92%
92%
Finland 92%
92%
Lithuania 92%
92%
Norway 88%
88%
Croatia 86%
86%
Estonia 86%
86%
Sweden 86%
86%
Iceland 83%
83%
Austria 75%
75%
Czech Republic 70%
70%
Spain 65.7%*
65.7%
Netherlands 65%
65%
Slovenia 65%
65%
Ireland 62%
62%
Slovakia 62%*
62%
United Kingdom 59%
59%
Luxembourg 58%
58%
Romania 52%
52%
France 47%
47%
Italy 46%
46%
Portugal 44.6%
44.6%
Latvia 43%
43%
Poland 43%
43%
Hungary 42%
42%
Greece 28%
28%
Bulgaria - Not reported
0%
Malta - Not reported
0%
Cyprus - Not reported
0%

Sources

Slovakia – Source: Institute for Environment Policy report, November 2018.
Denmark – Source: 2020 data from Dansk Retursystem A/S https://www.danskretursystem.dk/presse/#/pressreleases/danskerne-panter-som-aldrig-foer-2982130.
Spain – Source: 2020 Ecoembes.
National 2019/2020 data and Eunomia/NMWE/Petcore Europe/PRE 2020 based on 2017 data.

 

Towards a more circular PET market in Europe

The European PET recycling value chain has seen significant advancements, as demonstrated by the latest report on the PET Market in Europe, carried out by ICIS in partnership with Petcore Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe and Natural Mineral Waters Europe.

The report provides the latest data and trends on the state of the PET market in Europe in 2022, with additional insights on the 2023 market. Including key developments impacting the market and the resultant challenges faced by the supply chain, and potential future scenarios for the PET market. 

 

 

 

Key findings

  • PET collection and recycling accelerated in 2022 ahead of the new EU Single-Use Plastic Directive targets. The collection rate of PET in 2022 was 60%, showing an increase from the 45% achieved in 2020. Furthermore, the sorted for recycling rate for PET beverage bottles alone was estimated to be 75%, compared to 61% in 2020. This collection rate is expected to keep growing in years to come, due to the wider rollout of deposit-return systems across Europe.
  • Packaging was the dominant end-use for rPET in 2022, with 48% used in bottles. The average recycled content rate for beverage bottles was 24% in 2022, an increase of 7% (2020).
  • While the results regarding collection and recycling are positive, there are great disparities at national level in the collection, sorting and recycling of PET around Europe, which will need to be addressed to achieve the EU collection and recycling targets in the mid and long-term.

Previous report

The PET market in Europe is moving towards higher levels of circularity. This is the main conclusion from the report entitled PET Market in Europe – State of Play 2022, which provides the latest data and trends on the current PET market in Europe, and highlights the main changes and challenges faced by the PET supply chain.

This report was released in January 2022 and carried out by Eunomia Research & Consulting, in partnership with Petcore Europe, Plastics Recyclers Europe and Natural Mineral Waters Europe.

Read the full report here.

The 2020 report is available here.

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