PRSE 2019 Announces Conference Programme

Speakers from Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Henkel and Dow

Organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe have announced the outline programme for the event’s free-to attend conference taking place at the RAI Amsterdam on 10 and 11 April 2019. Visitor registration for free entry to the two-day exhibition is also now open at: www.prseventeurope.com

Key speakers at the conference on plastics recycling include Gilonne Traub, Senior Research Analyst, New Plastics Economy at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation; Gian De Belder, Principal Scientist – Packaging R&D at Procter & Gamble; Leopold Thorsten, Head of International Packaging Development Home Care at Henkel and Karlheinz Hausmann, Global TS&D Fellow at Dow Europe.

The conference opens on 10 April with a session examining the latest developments and trends in the plastics recycling landscape in Europe. Among speakers in this session, Daniel Stricker, Head of Market Research and Editor-in-Chief at KI Group will review the current state of affairs of the European plastics recycling industry, the legislative landscape and plastics recycling figures in Europe. There will also be updates on the European Union’s Plastics Strategy.

The following materials focus sessions will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for mechanical recycling, with sessions covering PET, PVC and Technical Plastics. Each material focus session will be overseen by the relevant Working Group Chairman from Plastics Recyclers Europe.

The second day’s opening conference session will look at technology, innovation and recyclability of plastic products. This will focus on design for recycling and technological developments in collection, sorting, shredding, washing, extrusion and plastics conversion. Distinguished speakers already confirmed include Gilonne Traub of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Gian De Belder of FMCG brand owner Procter & Gamble.

Day two continues with a polyolefins materials focus sessions which will examine the current status of polyolefin waste streams including high- and low-density polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE), as well as mixed plastics recycling (Pots, Tubs & Trays). Karlheinz Hausmann of Dow Europe joins the panel for the LDPE session, while Henkel’s Leopold Thorsten is among speakers in the HDPE session.

Over 100 companies and industry organisations have already confirmed their presence as exhibitors at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019, which has this year moved to the larger Hall 7 at the RAI Amsterdam to accommodate growing numbers of exhibitors and visitors.

The pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and conference are designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. The Plastics Recycling Show Europe brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.

For more information please visit www.prseventeurope.com

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Entry Deadline Extended for Plastics Recycling Awards Europe

Organisers Announce Judging Panel for 2019 Awards

Due to a flurry of last-minute entries, the organisers of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe have extended the entry deadline for all eight award categories until Friday 14 December 2018. The judging panel for the 2019 awards has also be announced.

Willemijn-Peeters

Willemijn Peeters CEO of Searious Business joins the judging panel for 2019

Judges of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 include Willemijn Peeters, CEO of Serious Business, the social enterprise dedicated to preventing plastics from ending up in the environment. Earlier this year she received the award for Plastics Recycling Ambassador 2018. Other judges include Bart Bleijerveld, Co-Founder and Design Lead at Better Future Factory sustainable design and engineering studio, Karen Laird, Editor of Plastics News Europe, Rune Thoralfsson, Owner and Director of plastic film recycler Norfolier GreenTec AS and Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE).

“We have brought together a highly-experienced panel of judges with a great depth of experience in all aspects of plastics recycling today. From the standard and diversity of entries we have already received, we know they will have a challenging, but rewarding task to select this year’s winners in all categories,” said Ton Emans, PRE President.

Product designers, design engineers, plastics processors, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and suppliers of recycled plastic products are all invited to enter in eight different award categories, which are:

  • Household & Leisure Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Automotive Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Electrical & Electronic Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Building & Construction Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Recycled Plastic Packaging Product of the Year
  • Plastics Recycling Product Technology Innovation of the Year
  • Plastics Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year
  • Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the RAI, Amsterdam on the evening 10 April 2019, after the first day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe.

Open to organisations and individuals across Europe who are involved in the recycling of plastic materials, the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are organised jointly by Plastics Recyclers Europe and Crain Communications, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe.

The Plastics Recycling Show is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations. For more information please visit www.prseventeurope.com

Follow @PRS_Europe and @RecyclersEU and the hashtag #PRAE2019 on Twitter for the latest news on the awards.

For video highlights of the 2018 Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2018 visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz8QNUE9Bag

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Plastics Recycling Awards Europe Expand for 2019

Winners will be announced at Gala Dinner in Amsterdam in April


Following the success of this year’s inaugural Plastics Recycling Awards Europe, the organisers have announced the expansion of the awards to a total of eight categories for 2019. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the RAI, Amsterdam on the evening 10 April 2019, after the first day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe.

Open to organisations and individuals across Europe who are involved in the recycling of plastic materials, the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are organised jointly by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Crain Communications, organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe. www.prseventeurope.com

The eight different categories for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 are:

  • Plastics Recycling Product Technology Innovation of the Year
  • Plastics Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year
  • Recycled Plastic Packaging Product of the Year
  • Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year
  • Building & Construction Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Household & Leisure Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Automotive Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
  • Electrical & Electronic Recycled Plastic Product of the Year

Product designers, design engineers, plastics processors, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and suppliers of recycled plastic products are all invited to enter. Entries for the awards will open later this month and close by 23 November. Finalists will be announced in January 2019. Organisations interested in entering are encouraged to follow @PRS_Europe and @RecyclersEU and the hashtag #PRAE2019 on Twitter for the latest news and confirmation of online entry opening.

“The launch of the awards demonstrated that number of brands are confident about using recycled plastic in their products, which in its quality is comparable to the virgin one. With the second edition, we want to show that there is a myriad of applications in which recycled plastics are and can be used. It is important to show that secondary materials are used not only in niche applications, but are perfect for products of everyday use”, said Ton Emans, PRE President.

“The very high number of entries received and the outstanding quality of our finalists and winners for this year’s awards have led us to expand the award categories for the coming year, to reflect the growing range of different ways in which plastics are now being recycled,” said Matt Barber, Event Director of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe. “It is also the right time to give the awards ceremony a fitting stage of its own, so for 2019 the winners will be announced at a spectacular gala dinner.”

For video highlights of the 2018 Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2018 visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz8QNUE9Bag

The Plastics Recycling Show is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.

For more information please visit www.prseventeurope.com

Footfall Increases by over 70% at Plastics Recycling Show Europe

Larger PRS Europe returns to RAI Amsterdam in 2019

In its second year, the annual Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) exhibition and conference held recently in Amsterdam, The Netherlands attracted many more visitors, exhibitors and speakers from across Europe and beyond. PRS Europe 2018 featured over 100 exhibiting companies, heard more than 40 conference speakers giving informative and inspirational presentations and had a total footfall of more than 2,400 over two days, an increase of more than 1,000 compared to the launch event in 2017.

Exhibitors and visitors attending the show represented the whole value chain of the plastics industry including among others: recyclers, machine producers, raw material producers, converters, waste management companies and brand owners. PRSE, organised by Crain Communications and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), will return to a larger hall at the RAI Amsterdam on 10 and 11 April 2019.

Ton Emans, president of PRE said: “With the success of this show we are sending an important message: the market of recycled plastics in Europe is advancing not only in terms of recycling rates but also technology-wise.  The new European legislation and the continuous dialogue of the plastic value chain should further help strengthening and harmonising of our industry. The launch of Plastics Recycling Awards Europe, with a number of finalists and unquestionable winners, is a testimony for the quality of recyclates and an array of applications in which they are used.”

Mike Baxter, external affairs director for exhibitor RPC bpi Group said: “This is probably the most important show for the European recycling industry on the annual calendar. Compared to all other shows in Europe, this show, in terms of visitor numbers and quality, stands up above all the others.”

“PRSE has been a great platform for the plastics recycling industry, for everyone interested in plastics recycling in Europe. It’s a fantastic show for us,” said Jérémie Garbe, Sales Director of exhibitor Pellenc ST. “If you are interested in plastics recycling in Europe and the world, you should certainly visit PRSE next year.”

“To be here is a great opportunity for learning what are the new technologies that are in place for recycling,’ said Carlo Pettinelli, Director for Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies, European Commission.

“A platform like this, the size it is, can be the perfect collaboration space,” added Cyril Gutsch founder of Parley for the Oceans.

“We have built so well on the successful launch of PRSE in 2017 to develop the conference and exhibition into the business and networking event for plastics recycling in Europe,” said Matt Barber, PRSE Event Director at Crain Communications. “I would like to thank all our speakers, exhibitors and visitors for all that they have contributed to our success and look forward to meeting many more when we return to a new, larger hall at the RAI, Amsterdam in April 2019.”

More information on the next PRS Europe event in 2019 will be released later this year. To view the YouTube video review of PRS Europe 2018 visit: https://youtu.be/pAVcktItEpw

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First Winners of Plastics Recycling Awards Europe Announced

Five winners trail blaze successful plastics recycling innovation

The winners of the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe were announced today at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, held at the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The five award winners were:

Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year – Willemijn Peeters, Ocean Ambassador and Founder, Searious Business
Building & Construction Product – Beaulex®, rainwater buffers, DS Smith Plastics
Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year – Grundig vacuum cleaner made from WEEE recycled plastics, Arçelik A.Ş
Recycled Plastic Packaging Product – Systalen PRIMUS HDPE regranulates, Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling – BarrierPack Recyclable, functional and recyclable PE-based laminate packaging, Mondi

From Left to Right: Antonino Furfari, PRE; Markus Helftewes, DSD; Immo Sander, Werner & Mertz; Peter Claes & Paul Baeyens, DS Smith; Orkun Kaymakci & Hakan Özkan, Arçelik; Willemijn Peeters, Searious Business; Carl Stonley & Uwe Obermann, Mondi; Brennan Lafferty (Crain Communications)

“The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe winners have each successfully demonstrated how passion, innovation, ingenuity and determination can achieve practical, commercial and successful advances in plastics recycling,” said Ton Emans, awards judge and President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). “The very high standard and number of entries we received for each category is testament to the growing range of consumer and industrial applications in which recycled plastics and recycling technology are being used. They are making a huge contribution towards conserving resources, reducing CO2 and sustaining the circular economy.”

The winners each received a trophy designed and made by the Better Future Factory. The base is 3D printed from 100% recycled ABS plastic car dashboards and the multi-colour top is laser cut from compressed HDPE beach clean-up bottle caps.

“Willemijn Peeters, has put the full force of her personality and very considerable capabilities into establishing an initiative to prevent plastics from ending up in the environment, by helping businesses implement more sustainable ways of producing and distributing goods,” said Ton Emans. “She has done this by herself, not as part of a larger organisation. That takes courage, conviction and commitment, which she has shown and which is why she was unanimously voted ambassador of the year.”

Fellow judge Karen Laird, editor of Plastics News Europe said: “Beaulex are an excellent example of how a good idea, clever design and recycled plastics can come together in a construction product that is perfectly suited for its purpose.”

The Beaulex balls replace the use of old tyres for rainwater buffering systems under hardened surfaces and can easily be dug up and recycled again. They are clean and efficient in use. “The product is an innovative, sustainable solution for better rainwater management and an application for recycled plastics we had not seen before,” Karen Laird added.

The Grundig vacuum cleaner is a highly commendable initiative from Arçelik A.Ş., a household appliances manufacturer. Used appliances collected from customers are delivered back to Arçelik‘s two licensed Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling facilities, where they are disassembled for sustainable recycling and eventually used in manufacturing of new products.

“The wonderful thing about this vacuum cleaner is that it looks like any other: shiny and functional, having the same properties as any other product made out of virgin plastics,” explained Ton Emans. “This ultimately is exactly how it should be: customers buy it because it cleans the house, not necessarily because they want to demonstrate how green they are by buying recycled.”

The Systalen PRIMUS HDPE is an example of high-quality bottle made from recycled HDPE material that looks as if it is made from virgin material. “This used only to be possible using PET,” explained Karen Laird. “The recycled Systalen PRIMUS HDPE bottle has been used to package Emsal Parkett cleaning agent since 2016, and Emsal Vinyl since 2017. This is a winner because it is a real advance that has been successfully implemented.”

It has long been impossible to recycle barrier packaging, because of the different layers used to create the necessary barrier. Mondi has developed a PE-based BarrierPack Recyclable sustainable flexible packaging material that is fully recyclable and still offering exceptional mechanical properties. “This is an extremely important step forwards in the development of barrier packaging materials,” said Karen Laird, “which is why they won.”

The distinguished panel of judges for the new awards included: Simona Bonafè, member of the European Parliament, Cyrill Gutsch founder of campaigning organisation Parley for the Oceans, design strategist and co-founder of Form Us With Love, Jonas Pettersson, Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University and marine debris specialist, Rune Thoralfsson, owner and director of Norfolier GreenTec, the largest film recycler in the Nordic region, Ton Emans President of Plastics Recyclers Europe and Director Group Recycling in CeDO and Karen Laird Editor of Plastics News Europe.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe were presented at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, the free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed for plastics recycling professionals and organised by Crain Communications and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). The growing event brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. The PRS Europe conference examined a wide range of the latest industry themes including plastics recycling technology and innovation, market and trends as well as the regulatory background.

For more information please visit http://www.prseventeurope.com

Conference Programme Confirmed for Plastics Recycling Show Europe, 24-25 April 2018, RAI Amsterdam

Organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe have announced the speaker line-up for the event’s free-to attend conference taking place at the RAI Amsterdam on 24 and 25 April 2018.

Stientje van Veldhoven, State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of Netherlands will formally open the conference at 10.10 am on 24 April.

Stientje van Veldhoven
State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management, Government of Netherlands

The conference’s opening session will feature three high profile speakers giving an overview of the legislative landscape for plastics recycling and the latest plastics recycling figures. Speakers include Carlo Pettinelli, Director for Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies, European Commission and Davor Škrlec, MEP, European Parliament. Cyrill Gutsch, Founder, Parley for the Oceans will focus on initiatives to tackle plastic marine litter.

The distinguished panel of speakers in the Technical Plastics session includes Anne-Cecile Turner, Sustainability Programme Leader, Volvo Ocean Race, Michiel De Smet, Policy Officer – Eco-Innovation at The European Commission and Hakan Özkan, R&D Specialist – Material Technologies Department, Arçelik A.Ş, internationally known for its Beko domestic appliance brand. Together they will explore the challenges and opportunities linked to the collection, sorting, recycling and uptake of technical plastics recyclates.

The remainder of the conference will use a series of further material focus sessions to explore the latest industry themes including plastics recycling technology and innovation, materials and the dynamic economics of plastics recycling. This will include sessions looking at recycling of PET, PVC, LDPE, HDPE and Pots, Tubs & Trays.

The PET material focus session will cover the launch of the PET trays recycling and the pioneer water marking project whose aim is to improve sorting. The PVC session will examine current collection schemes and recycled volumes of PVC across Europe as well as the legislative framework for PVC recycling.

The opening session on the second day will focus on the successful collection and recycling schemes of LDPE in Ireland as well as current EU recycling rates of the material. This following session will examine the use of recycled HDPE and PP by brand owners and the future of HDPE recycling. The final session will focus on the recycling potential of mixed plastics, providing insights into difficult to sort and recycle Pots, Tubs and Trays.

Finalists for the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe will also be announced in a ceremony taking place at 13.30 on 25 April, the second day of the event. Finalists’ products will be displayed in a dedicated feature area at the show. The awards recognise and celebrate achievement throughout the scope of the European plastics recycling industry. They offer an insight into current developments in recycled material usage, product design and innovative manufacturing. Award categories include: Best Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year; Best Building & Construction Product; Best Recycled Plastic Packaging Product; Best Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling and Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year. For more details visit: http://www.prseventeurope.com/prse2018/en/page/finalists

Over 100 companies and industry organisations have already confirmed their presence as exhibitors at the Plastics Recycling Show 2018 exhibition. The free-to-attend exhibition and a conference are designed for plastics recycling professionals. The event brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business.

For more information visit: www.prseventeurope.com

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe Announces Finalists

The shortlist for the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe has been published. The winners will be announced on the second day of The Plastics Recycling Show Europe taking place at the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands 24-25 April 2018.

The five different award categories are Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year, Best Building & Construction Product, Best Recycled Plastic Packaging Product, Best Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling and Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year.

“The standard of entries we have received for the inaugural Plastics Recycling Awards Europe has been outstandingly high,” said Ton Emans, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). “The finalists demonstrate the vast array of consumer and industrial applications in which recycled plastics and recycling technology are being used. They make a huge contribution towards conserving resources, reducing CO2 and sustaining the circular economy.”

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe Finalists:

Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year – Using recycled plastics to improve everyday life

  • Ubicity; bench made from recycled pens, BIC with TerraCycle, Govaplast and Plas Eco
  • Plastic side table made from recycled fishing gear, GreenWavePlastics
  • Green Planet Paddleboard made from EPP boxes, GREEN PLANET Investment s.r.o.
  • H-bench, public furniture made from 100% recycled plastics, ECO-oh!
  • Trash bins made from recycled toothbrushes, CURAPROX
  • Grundig vacuum cleaner made from WEEE recycled plastics, Arcelik AS
  • Recycled Park, floating park made from recycled plastics, Recycled Island Foundation

Green Planet Paddleboard

Best Building & Construction Product – Judges’ criteria include sustainability and durability

  • XXX bench, custom urban furniture 3D printed from recycled plastic, The New Raw
  • Plastic cable duct, Multiport GmbH
  • Wedge-shaped CIRCO® profile, Fortum Waste Solutions Oy
  • Beaulex®, rainwater buffers, DS Smith Plastics
  • RECHIP construction panels, Crompton Mouldings Ltd

Best Recycled Plastic Packaging Product – Minimum 50% recycled plastic content

  • Lenor Inspired by Nature bottle, Procter & Gamble
  • BPP i9 plastic pallets, Cabka-IPS and Drankenpallet Beheer Nederland BV
  • Recycled plastic hangers, Braiform
  • Memo Box, INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH
  • Systalen PRIMUS HDPE regranulates, Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
  • Food waste reduction EcoCube, Greenmotion
  • Plastic beverage crate, DS Smith Plastics
  • Fairy Ocean Plastic Bottle, Procter & Gamble

Lenor Inspired by Nature Bottle

Best Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling –innovative material or process technologies for recycling plastics

  • re360 Manufacturing Execution System for plastics recycling processes, EREMA
  • Odour Reduction Technology for recycled plastic granulate, Starlinger
  • ErgisMark® technology for sorting multi-layer plastics, Ergis
  • ERA Melt Filter double filtration system, FIMIC
  • Newcycling® technology, generating pure PE regranulate from mixed film fractions, APK AG
  • BarrierPack Recyclable, functional and recyclable PE-based laminate packaging, Mondi
  • Mistral+ Film Top Speed LDPE film sorting technology, Pellenc ST
  • The Full PE Laminate mono material flexible packaging, Borealis
  • Xtreme Renew, preforms made from 100% rPET flakes, SIPA & EREMA
  • VD 1100 combined shredder-granulator for plastics recycling, Vecoplan AG

Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year – Individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to plastics recycling

  • Carlos Martínez Lapuente, CMplastik Recycling SL
  • Gian De Belder, Packaging Technologist, Procter & Gamble
  • Dr Manica Ulcnik-Krump, Managing Director, Interseroh Plastics Research and Development
  • Monique Maissan, CEO and Founder, Waste-2Wear
  • Willemijn Peeters, Ocean Ambassador and Founder, Searious Business

The distinguished panel of judges for the new awards includes: Simona Bonafè, member of the European Parliament, Cyril Gutsch founder of campaigning organisation Parley for the Oceans, design strategist and co-founder of Form Us With Love, Jonas Pettersson, Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University and marine debris specialist, Rune Thoralfsson, owner and director of Norfolier GreenTec, the largest film recycler in the Nordic region, Ton Emans President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Director Group Recycling in CeDO and Karen Laird Editor of Plastics News Europe.

The Plastics Recycling Show is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. The PRS conference examines a wide range of the latest industry themes including plastics recycling technology and innovation, materials, the regulatory background and the dynamic economics of plastics recycling.