Our recyclingresults

On behalf of producers and importers of packaging, we are responsible for delivering the recycling targets as efficiently and effectively as possible. We present the recycling results from the previous year in our yearly Public Report: On our way towards fossil-free and circular packaging. We also publish the monitoring report, which is the technical report addressed to the government with all detailed information. Note: The reports are in Dutch.

Recycling and circularity targets 

Every year, specific recycling targets are set for each category of material. In 2021, the Dutch government has also introduced so-called circular targets in which the reuse of packaging may be added to the recycling results. The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe with circular targets. With this, we are taking an important step forward in the Netherlands towards a circular economy for packaging.

In 2022, the reuse of materials has been measured for each category of material. The focus is on closed pool systems in commercial use, such as roll containers, crates and pallets, and the glass returnable bottles. The weight of reusable packaging in a pool system in the Netherlands, appears to be almost equal to the weight of single-use packaging. Such systems work well in a business environment because they are closed systems that do not depend on the benevolent consumer. 

Reuse is an important option to make packaging more sustainable. That is why reuse plays a big role in Verpact’s vision for the future. New legislation, such as the Single Use-Plastics directive, also highlights the need for more reusability. In addition to recycling, omitting unnecessary packaging, using less packaging material and reusing packaging is an important impulse towards a circular packaging chain.

Experience with reusable packaging in businesses shows that uniformity and standardization are key for success. Verpact wants to play an active role now and in the future in enabling large-scale reuse systems for the consumer market. We are exploring what the market needs, such as a collective infrastructure, in order to set up uniform, efficient and easy reuse systems for packaging, including logistics and cleaning.

These activities are part of The Plastic Guide, our vision on plastic packaging in the future.

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In 2022, 88% of all packaging released on the market was recycled or reused.

Circularity results 2022

In 2022, 88% of all packaging released on the market was recycled or reused. This is well above the Dutch legal target of 72% and the European target of 65% (in 2025). This makes us one of the front runners in Europe. The packaging industry takes responsibility, which we as Verpact take on collectively. We still have a long way to go towards completely fossil-free and circular packaging in 2050. We are working on this together with all parties in the chain. Every package counts.

* In 2022, the Dutch government has introduced so-called circular targets in which the reuse of packaging may be added to the recycling results.

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Collection results plastic beverage bottles 2022

From 2022, a collection target will also apply to all plastic beverage bottles, both with and without deposit.

In 2022, 68% of all plastic beverage bottles was collected. The target of 90% has not yet been achieved. But consumer behavior has changed a lot in a short period of time. Behavior change takes time and extensive repetition of the message. For example, for glass and paper and cardboard, high targets are achieved because consumers have been accustomed to disposing empty bottles and boxes for years. In 2023, substantial investments will be made in national communication and campaigns, further increasing the number of collection points and improving them. This involves collaboration with as many partners as possible, such as NS, airports, schools and events. Additionally, more an more bottles with dairy drinks and juices are becoming part of the deposit system, although this is not legally required.

The legal collection target applies to all plastic beverage bottles, including those without deposit. If we solely look at the collection of plastic bottles with deposit, 75% will have been returned via the deposit system in 2022. The deposit system is a good way to reduce litter. In 2022, the number of small bottles found in litter decreased by 51% compared to 2020. For large bottles, this was 33%. (Source: Ministry of I&W).

See the infographic.

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