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with a host of problems, from
leakage into the environment
to the microplastics currently
polluting even the air. As a result,
the image of plastics and
the plastics industry has over
the years plummeted to new
depths, with consumers and
environmental organisations
becoming increasingly vocal in
their demands for less plastic
waste and better waste management.
The big brands have
taken note, and the European
Union has also mounted a response:
amongst others, in 2017,
by setting a target for recycling
50 percent of plastic packaging
by 2025 and 55 percent by
2030. And in 2018 it introduced
its European Strategy for Plastics
in a Circular Economy, with
a starring role for the plastics
recycling industry.
Recycling moves
into the limelight
The impact of Europe's circular
ambitions on the plastics
recycling industry cannot be
overstated. Having long hovered
along the sidelines of the
plastics industry the sector
was now being pushed into
the role of key player in the
circular economy.
However, to fulfil this role
successfully, the sector needs
to implement a few changes
of its own. Specifically, the
plastics strategy called for the
better design of plastics and
plastic products for easier recycling;
better sorting to improve
the purity of the plastic
waste streams; improving the
separate collection of plastic
waste; and the creation of viable
markets for recycled and
renewable plastics.
A McKinsey report from 2020
entitled " The European Recycling
Landscape: The Quiet
Before the Storm? " noted that
recyclers cited unstandardized
and poor product recyclability
and the volatility of markets and
customer demands as the main
challenges to be addressed.
Asked about which factors
could improve the attractiveness
of the recycling business,
the top answer was government
incentives, such as mandates
for recycled content, followed
by public awareness and a shift
in mindset to increase the acceptance
of recycled material.
Competitive pricing with virgin
plastics, achieved through taxes
being levied on virgin materials
or subsidies for the use of
recyclates, was also mentioned.
Another additional major
concern that has emerged in
the past year has been the
staggeringly high energy costs,
leading some recyclers to temporarily
shut down their operations.
Briefly, recycling may
be the backbone of Europe's
circular ambitions; to succeed,
support is essential.
PRSE is a platform
The developments of the past
eight years serve to demonstrate
the foresightedness of
the PRSE founders, as the relevance
and role of recycling in
the transition to a more circular
economic model, in terms
of both impact and scope, has
deepened.
As an exhibition, PRSE offers
a comprehensive overview of
the technologies and equipment
available in the sector
today. As a conference, it addresses
an extensive range of
issues - from the technological
to the regulatory - confronting
the industry. From legacy additives
and compatibilisers to
food-contact regulations and
sustainability targets and ambitions,
PRSE dives into those areas
that directly affect recyclers
and their activities and creates
a platform for information exchange
and networking.
This year, for the first time, in
keeping with the PRSE's goal
of fostering awareness and facilitating
knowledge transfer,
attention will also be given to
chemical recycling - still a controversial
topic but very definitely
one that is increasingly
being seen by many as a complementary
route to reaching
the EU's recycling targets and
to tackling the massive challenge
of plastic pollution.
PRSE takes place this year at the
RAI in Amsterdam, 10-11 May. As
always, a highlight of the event will
be the announcement of the winners
on 11 May of the Plastics Recycling
Awards Europe 2023.
This year's finalists are:
Winners announced in
ceremony at PRSE
11th May 2023
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Platinum Award Sponsors
Automotive, Electrical or Electronic
Product of the Year
* 700 GreenZone MaxiSpace
fridge freezer by Electrolux
and Coolrec
* Nescafé Dolce Gusto NEO
N1 coffee machine by
Néstle, Free The Sea and
WIK Group
* PlasticLoop Audi Q8
e-tron seat belt buckle
cover by LyondellBasell,
AUDI AG and SynCycle
Organised by
* Visible interior trim parts
on Ford MCV (Ford Transit)
and HCV (Ford Trucks)
ehicles by Ford Otomotiv
Sanayi A.Ş
* Italian supercar Shuttle
Tray by Next Design Innovation
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Product of the Year
* CL-Recy Double Venti
animal housing divider by
Paneltim nv
* ECO2CASE delivery case
by Benvic, Next Pool & CJ
Plast
* Recycled nestable pallet
by AION
* Ridgidrain drainage pipe
by Polypipe Civils & Green
Urbanisation
Household & Leisure Product
of the Year
* 4-piece potato planter by
Jelenia Plast Sp. z o.o.
* Eco Meplen CX M12 for
Bokashi Organko Essential
airtight bin for organic
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