Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie e.V.

Member since: 05/2019

Active in: WG Plastics

Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie e.V.

The GKV is the main organisation for the German plastics processing industry. As an umbrella association, it combines and represents the common interests of its member associations and acts as a mouthpiece in politics and in public. The plastics processing industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Germany. The industry, consisting generally of medium-sized bodies, stands out through its innovation and range of products. The association and various industry companies are engaged with project activities to strengthen the treatment of plastic waste in emerging countries.

Plastic waste doesn’t belong in our environment. Plastics are too valuable to be just thrown away. Many developing countries and emerging economies lack suitable collection and recycling infrastructure for used plastic products. Germany’s plastics processing industry can help the Alliance by bringing its expertise to bear in designing plastic products that are recyclable and have a reduced impact on the environment, as well as by using recycled plastics in new products.

When plastics reach the end of their lives, they have to be disposed of and reused as part of a well-organised system; examples of potential options include mechanical or feedstock recycling. Products made from biodegradable plastic can also make a significant contribution to promoting sustainability in certain sectors. The idea of the circular economy is a comprehensive approach that starts with initial product design.