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8 * Plastics News, October 20, 2023
FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
Christian
Schiller from
Cirplus at
Fakuma 2023.
Plastics News photo
by Caroline Seidel
Is digitalization the key to
closing the plastics loop?
By Beatriz Santos
Sustainable Plastics
It is no secret: Germany has
a serious problem with digitalization.
Germans famously love
to pay using cash, for example,
which has proven an issue for
some of our staff while traveling
to Messe Friedrichshafen.
According to European Union
data, only Bulgarians, Italians and
Romanians use digital government
services less than Germans. A law
introduced in 2017 decreed that,
by 2022, 575 services would be
available in digital form. In the end,
just 128 were. And many merely
provided an online front end.
Not only is the German government
failing to keep up with its
digitalization promises, but also
Germans themselves show a lot
of resistance to the change. Something
else the Germans are anecdotally
known for, on the other
hand, is their love for recycling.
If you have never been given a
lecture by a neighbor on how to
most effi ciently and accurately recycle
your trash, then you haven't
lived in Germany.
In a conference room at Fakuma,
Christian Schiller, CEO and
founder of Cirplus, argued that
Germany's worst enemy is actually
the key for improving its beloved
recycling system.
The Hamburg-based company
is Europe's largest digital procurement
platform for recycled plastics.
It already brings together
more than 3,000 plastics processors,
product manufacturers, recyclers
and disposers from more
than 100 countries, with 4 million
metric tons of plastic
material being listed
on the platform as of
early 2023.
The procurement
platform bridges the
gap between buyers
and sellers of plastic
waste feedstock and
recyclates, facilitating end-to-end
transactions. It connects stakeholders
looking to buy or sell
post-consumer or post-industrial
recyclate on a spot or contract
basis. Polymers available on the
platform include PET, high and low
density polyethylene, polypropylene,
ABS and nylon.
The procurement process is
powered by artifi cial intelligence,
Schiller said, bringing transparency
and reliability to complex markets
that have previously been
technologically underserved.
CIRPLUS
Hall FW,
Booth 20
Cirplus is also the initiator of DIN
SPEC 91446, the world's fi rst classifi
cation of recycled plastics by
data quality levels for use and digital
trading. Schiller said the certifi -
cation facilitates the procurement
process by bringing transparency
about the materials being traded
and avoiding misunderstandings.
Cirplus' founder has also been
appointed as one of 20 members
of the German government's
expert
council to advise on
the development of
the National Circular
Economy Strategy in
the fi eld of plastics.
" We are convinced
that optimized purchasing
and sales processes can reduce
transaction costs for the use of
recycled plastics by at least 25 percent, "
Schiller said in a statement.
" In this way, digitalization will
make a signifi cant contribution to
reducing the cost differential between
virgin materials and recyclates.
The barriers to increased
use of recycled plastics will be
lowered, and new customers and
markets can be developed. This
is an important step towards climate
neutrality and a circular
economy, " he said.
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