More effective recycling of ink will require technological innovations by the industry.
Sean Milmo, European Editor11.12.19
Approximately five years after the European Union drew up an action plan for turning itself into a circular economy, it has – at least at the EU level – started a transition to a system of the three Rs: Reduce, recycle, reuse.
Across Europe, a long process of “closing the loop” of product lifecycles has started through big increases in recycling and the reuse of materials to bring benefits to both the environment and the economy.
According to the European Commission, the EU executive, a circular economy is defined as a means for maintaining “the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible by returning them into the product cycle at the end of their use, while minimizing the generation of waste.”
By 2030 there will be a common EU target of a 70% recycling of packaging waste. This will be supported by a mandatory reduction of landfill to a maximum of 10% of municipal waste by 2035.
Ink Industry and the Circular Econom
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