In an online panel discussion, Jürgen Bruder, who served as IK’s main managing director until Dec. 1, said IK strongly supported the new German packaging law, which calls for doubling the amount of recycled material in packaging and improving designs to make it easier to recycle items after use.
“If you wish to increase recyclate use, design for recycling is a way to achieve it, if not the only way,” Bruder said. “If you create more recyclate, it has to be used sensibly. We strongly welcome the packet of measures.”
“We are already half the way to a circular economy,” IK Circular Economy Manager Isabell Schmidt added.
Nearly 52 percent of plastics packaging was already being recycled in 2017, and 48 percent used via incineration to recover energy as electricity and steam. This compares with 1991, when 3.1 percent was recycled and 96.9 percent went to landfill or was incinerated without energy recovery.