Hewlett-Packard and Procter & Gamble are among the leading brands sharing their vision of the future of plastics recycling when technical specialists from across Europe meet at Brussels Expo for the free-to-attend Plastics Recycling Show Europe conference and exhibition taking place on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March.
Lidl, Tesco and Mars Petcare are among the many major companies sending delegates to Europe’s first Pan-European exhibition and conference solely dedicated to plastics recycling, where the packed two-day programme addresses all the key challenges for plastics recycling and seeks to develop a roadmap for innovation and change.
Conference keynotes include Jason Ord, Director, Environmental Responsibility, EMEA at Hewlett-Packard on Scaling the recycled plastics eco-system – an OEM perspective and Ton Emans, President/LDPE Working Group Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe on Moving towards a circular economy for plastics recycling. David Ingram, Director (Fabric & HomeCare Packaging R&D), Procter & Gamble also speaks on sustainable packaging in the Circular Economy session.
The conference will examine a wide range of industry themes including the economics of plastics recycling, the regulatory background, materials, processing, technology and innovation. Working group chairman of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) will also lead conference sessions focusing on key plastic materials, specifically PET, PVC, HDPE, LDPE and mixed plastics.
Sessions focusing on the biggest challenges facing the plastics recycling industry, the plastics recycling process and the latest design, technology and innovation include:
Getting consumers to collect more
Finding markets for recycled materials
Regulatory challenges to plastics recycling
Development of functional barriers for the use of recycled materials in multilayer food packaging
Stephanie Maes, Project Manager for Waste Free Oceans will address the problem of marine litter and look at the latest technology for recovering plastics from the marine environment.
More than 70 companies and organisations are due to showcase the latest advances in European plastics recycling at the event’s free-to-attend exhibition. With so many exhibitors, the event represents a complete cross section of the industry including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, handling and logistics services, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists, industry associations and project management consultants. The unique event will for the first time bring together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors in order to learn, network and capitalise on the business opportunities plastic recycling offers.
Industry body Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) is strongly supporting the exhibition and is organising the conference in conjunction with organisers Crain Communications. The event is organised in association with Polymer Comply Europe, a service provider for the plastics industry specialised in EU legislation. It is also supported by EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations, the Pan-European partnership of organisations committed to increasing efficient plastics recycling and recovery. Other industry bodies supporting the event include European Plastics Converters, Petcore Europe, Recovinyl, PlasticsEurope, Federplast, FEBEM-FEGE and Vinyl Plus.