- 2021 registers a growth of more than 8% compared to 2020, with more than 470 thousand tons of packaging waste collected
- Plastic was the material that most contributed to this growth, showing a variation compared to the previous year with a total of 18%
- Glass recycling registered more than 10 thousand tons compared to 2021, an increase of 6%
Novo Verde, the packaging waste compliance scheme that started competition in the sector in Portugal since 2017, points out that the year 2021 was marked by consumers’ participation in separation behavior, giving an increase in packaging recycling of around 8.2%, which represents around 36 thousand more tons than in the previous year.
Generally speaking, all the materials that make up the packaging put on the market – glass, plastic, paper/cardboard and metal – show an increase in recycling compared to 2021, with glass and plastic being the ones that stood out the most, with about 205 thousand tons (+6%) and 90 thousand tons (+18%) collected last year, respectively.
In addition to the highlight of plastic packaging recycled by the Portuguese in 2021, it is worth noting the packaging materials destined for the yellow recycling bin, which increased by 16% compared to 2020. In addition to plastic, the Portuguese recycled 18.7% more of ECAL – Cardboard Packaging for Liquid Foods, and an average of 10% more in metal packaging, a category that includes steel (+8.7%) and aluminum (+32.2%), indicators that were recycled, for example, a greater number of packages of milk or juices, as well as food and products packed in cans.
Ricardo Neto, Novo Verde President, points out that “The last two years, whose health and social framework we are all familiar with, were also marked by a positive change in packaging recycling behavior terms, an important step towards achieving goals that, in 2022 will increase exponentially. Therefore, all efforts to raise awareness will be few. In this upcoming year, Novo Verde will continue to deepen all efforts to support the change in the Portuguese habits and behavior regarding the correct disposal of packaging for recycling and recovery.”
It should also be noted that the recycling of cardboard/paper packaging reached approximately 141 thousand tons, 5% more than in 2020.