Plastics – the Facts 2017. An analysis of European plastics production, demand and waste data

Europe has initiated a transition from a linear towards a circular and resource efficient society and the unique characteristics of plastics allow them to make a great contribution towards this societal transformation. Plastics – the Facts is an analysis of the data related to the production, demand and waste management of plastic materials. It provides the latest business information on production and demand, trade, recovery as well as employment and turn­over in the plastics industry.

This report gives an insight into the industry’s contribution to European economic growth and prosperity throughout the life cycle of the material. The data presented in this report were collected by Plastics­Europe, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe, and Epro, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations. This report and other publications from PlasticsEurope can be downloaded free-of-charge under