Because of their low weight and their diverse recycling options, plastic products make a significant contribution to environmental protection and resource conservation. The plastics processing industry adheres to the principle of product responsibility. According to this, products must be designed in such a way that waste is avoided or reduced during production and that environmentally friendly recycling is ensured after the product has been used. The plastics processing industry is committed to a recycling mix of these options. This is the only way to achieve maximum eco-efficiency, i.e. H. optimal conservation of resources with adequate economic costs.

The holistic closing of material cycles is a central key to sustainable business and thus also to achieving climate goals. Due to its high level of technological expertise, Germany as an industrial location has enormous potential to become a leading provider of new technologies that enable economically sensible recycling of used raw materials and thereby reduce dependence on raw material imports.


The BDI Circular Economy initiative, founded in April 2021, currently includes a network of around 60 players across the entire industrial spectrum, including the GKV. The initiative is not only a political mouthpiece to Berlin and Brussels, but also drives the circular economy holistically, from product development to recycling. Through practical exchange formats on political, scientific and technological developments, such as: B. internal workshops, delegation trips and events, it identifies technological potential for the circular economy as well as the necessary framework conditions.

assets/uploads/logo_prevent.jpgThe PREVENT Waste Alliance is an association of organizations from business, science, civil society and government institutions. It was launched in Berlin in May 2019 and serves as a platform for exchange and international cooperation. We want to help minimize waste worldwide, eliminate pollutants and keep resources in circulation. To this end, we strive to expand a functioning waste and circular economy in order to reduce waste input into the environment, especially in developing and emerging countries.


BKV GmbH is a visible contribution of the German plastics industry to meeting its product responsibility. The entire plastic value chain is united in BKV GmbH. BKV GmbH provides data and facts for well-founded arguments on resource efficiency and end-of-life issues of plastics. The GKV is one of the shareholders of BKV GmbH.


The GKV is one of the founding partners of the Circular Plastics Alliance. The Circular Plastics Alliance covers the entire plastics value chain and includes over 300 organizations representing industry, science and government. The Circular Plastics Alliance aims to grow the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025. The CPA takes action to achieve this goal and publishes its results on your website.

For further information on plastics recycling see:

BKV GmbH - Competence platform for the plastics industry for plastics recycling and resource efficiency

GKV-Publications on Plastics and Circular Economy