Circular economy in plastics processing includes reusable and recycling concepts. When it comes to recycling, the Pöppelmann Group places emphasis on a clear differentiation between post-industrial recyclate (PIR) and post-consumer recyclate (PCR).
PIR refers to recycled production waste, for example sprues and material from products that have not yet been used. On the other hand, PCR is obtained by recycling the material of a product after it has been used. A true cycle can therefore only be created with recyclates produced from post-consumer waste, for example household recycling waste (collected in a yellow bag in Germany), because only the use of PCR reduces the amount of raw materials (such as petroleum), which have to be extracted from scratch.