Waste management and recovery options for bioplastics

Bioplastics are suitable for a broad range of end-of-life options, including reuse, mechanical recycling, organic recycling, and energy recovery. The overwhelming part of the bioplastic volume produced today can easily be recycled alongside their conventional counterparts where separate recycling streams for certain material types exist (e.g. biobased PE in the PE-stream or biobased PET in the PET-stream). This way, bioplastics contribute to higher recycling quotas in the EU and the implementation of the circular economy.