Plastics industry: Introduction of the one-way deposit, positive contribution to the expansion of the circular economy

13.10.2021

Vienna (OTS) – The Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry (FCIO) welcomes the planned introduction of a deposit on one-way beverage bottles and cans as an important element in expanding the plastics recycling economy. This measure means that in the future there will be more sorted waste available for recycling by the packaging manufacturers. So far, the lack of high quality, recyclable material for new production has been one of the main obstacles to achieving the targeted recycling rates. “As a plastics industry, we have been working intensively on promoting recycling for years. The deposit is one of many necessary steps towards a comprehensive circular economy, which we see as a win-win solution for environmental and climate protection. Because recycling not only avoids waste, it also saves considerable resources and reduces greenhouse gases by half, ”says Helmut Schwarzl, chairman of the plastics industry at the FCIO. Another positive aspect is the awareness-raising that comes with the deposit. “Plastics are valuable raw materials and too good to simply throw them away – the deposit now also makes this value visible and is therefore one of the most effective measures against littering,” continues Schwarzl.

Possibly: quotas for beverage packaging: life cycle assessments as a basis for decision-making

When it comes to the quotas for one-way and returnable containers, life cycle analyzes are decisive from the plastics industry’s point of view. In particular, the impact on the climate should not be disregarded when deciding which packaging material to use. Returnable PET bottles have the best results, followed by non-returnable PET bottles made from 100 percent recycled material, as a study commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment shows. The reason for this is, on the one hand, the lower weight compared to other packaging materials, which leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions during transport. At the same time, significantly less energy is used in production than with other materials. “When evaluating packaging, life cycle assessments provide a sound basis for decision-making in order to select the most sustainable material. If we want to pursue climate protection as a central concern, we will have to use the advantages of plastic – for both disposable and reusable packaging,” explains Schwarzl .

The plastics industry will definitely continue to contribute constructively to the discussions in order to make Austria an international pioneer in the field of circular economy. With the comprehensive 10-point package of measures, which includes all aspects for a sustainable use of the “valuable material” plastic, the industry has shown promising solutions as one of the first and will also incorporate its know-how into the design of future regulations.

Zwtl .: About the FCIO:

The Association of the Austrian Chemical Industry (FCIO) is the legal representation of the interests of the chemical industry in Austria. The association currently represents more than 230 companies from the chemical industry, which, in addition to the plastics and pharmaceuticals industry, also include the production of organic and inorganic chemicals, industrially manufactured fibers, fertilizers, paints and many more. Around 47,000 employees in the chemical industry produced goods worth over 15 billion euros in 2020. The FCIO is committed to an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable and attractive chemical location Austria with a research and technology-friendly environment in which the chemical industry can develop and deliver solutions for the central social challenges with its innovative strength. [www.fcio.at] (http://www.fcio.at/)

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