Including plastic in the circular economy

In France, between 2.1 and 4.5 million tonnes of plastic waste are discarded every year and less than a quarter of that is recycled. This figure is a long way from the goal set by the anti-waste law for a circular economy announced in 2020 of 100 % recycling of plastic packaging by 2025. The goal of this ambition is not to demonise plastic materials, but first and foremost to attract attention to the damage caused by our inability to manage it adequately. With a view to promoting a new plastic economy, Corplex has been proposing for several years sustainable solutions based around reuse of products and recycling of plastic materials.

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.

The world leader in extruded plastic packaging, Corplex has a total of 11 production sites in Europe and the United States, most of the site located in France. The largest site is located in Kaysersberg in the northeast of France. Corplex has been experiencing a significant growth in its business for several years now. At every stage of the supply chain, Corplex has provided several solutions in order to respond to the needs of different markets. The company works in close collaboration with the automotive, pharmaceuticals, logistics and construction sectors.

The goal is simple, based on the 5R policy (Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover). Behind this Policy is the desire to optimise the use of plastics, to reduce energy consumption and resources and to reuse products as much as possible then to recycle them at the end of their life span. The circle is then complete. Corplex is also committed to ensuring the quality and reliability of its products. “From an environmental point of view, people have the perception that cardboard is more sustainable than plastic. Recycling one tonne of cardboard generates 330kg of CO2 compared to 184 kg for plastic”, explains Lucas van der Schalk, CEO of Corplex.


Heavily present in our daily lives and often considered to be at the bottom of the class among raw materials, plastic is evolving towards new uses with extended and repeated life cycles. This new trend is aimed at developing the circular economy and is receiving strong support from various European governments.

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