Plastics in packaging, buildings, cars or electronic appliances are part of our everyday lives. Today, the quantity of plastic produced in Europe is 50 times higher than the quantity produced 50 years ago, and, on a worldwide scale, our societies have produced 8 billion tonnes of plastics since 1950. Of the 6.3 billion tonnes that have since gone to waste, only 9% have been recycled.
Yet recycling seems to be one of the sustainable solutions to treat end-of-life plastics in order to limit the pollution of the environment and the oceans. Furthermore, compared with virgin plastic, producing 1 tonne of recycled plastic saves, on average, 5 barrels of oil and the equivalent of 1.6 tonnes of CO2.
Source: Ellen MacArthur's Fondation
As a leading player in the recycling of plastics, SUEZ treats more than 400,000 tonnes of plastics and produces 100,000 tonnes of recycled polymers every year.
We have a strong command of the technologies used to recycle bottles, plastic film or objects and production offcuts produced by industrial activities. We are focussing on the recycling of the three most widespread polymers in the world: PET, PE and PP. Our solutions produce recycled polymers that meet the highest quality standards.
We intervene at every stage in order to optimise the recycling of plastics:
We already collaborate with numerous industrial enterprises. Here are some of our partnerships.
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