Plastics Recyclers Europe
About us

Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is an organization representing the voice of the European plastics recyclers who reprocess plastic waste into high-quality material destined for the production of new articles. Plastics recycling in Europe is a rapidly growing sector representing €3bn in turnover across a variety of industries. Recyclers are important facilitators of the circularity of plastics and the transition towards a circular economy. Together, we are committed to promoting plastics recycling as part of a sustainable future for all.

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Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is the trade association of the European plastics recyclers and all actors across the value chain who share the mission of making plastics circular. The sector includes 8.5 million tonnes of installed capacity, 600 companies, and over 20,000 employees.

For 25 years, the organization has been representing plastics recyclers at the European level and among the leading industry stakeholders. It promotes increasing plastics recycling through design for recycling, quality collection & sorting, state of art recycling with the goal to boost the uptake of recycled plastics. PRE also offers concrete advice on developing innovative, recyclable products and packaging.

Plastics Recyclers Europe established RecyClass, a cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonized approach towards recycled content calculation and its traceability in Europe.

Two main pillars guide RecyClass: plastic packaging recyclability and plastic recycled content traceability. Activities within RecyClass include the development of Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and scientific testing of innovative materials which serve as the base for the Design for Recycling Guidelines and the free online tool. RecyClass offers Recyclability Certifications and Recycled Content Traceability Certification for plastic packaging. Today the platform consists of over 50 members representing players from the entire plastics value chain, such as brand owners, converters, raw material producers, recyclers, and more.

Plastics Recyclers Europe is a co-organizer of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, the largest annual event devoted to plastics recycling in Europe, as well as of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe, the first awards that recognize and celebrate achievement throughout the scope of the European plastics recycling industry.

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