Invitation from RIGK and EPRO to the 3rd International Recycling Forum


RIGK GmbH and the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations (EPRO) are issuing an invitation to the 3rd International Recycling Forum which will run from 26th to 28th November 2019 in Wiesbaden, Germany. The event will focus on trends and strategies relating to the application of circular economy principles to plastics. Some thirty papers and presentations will cover topics ranging from design for recycling via innovative recycling technologies and extended producer responsibility (EPR) to making efficient use of recycled materials. The emphasis of the second day of the forum will be on the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics. An accompanying exhibition will provide further information about the sector. The language of the conference is English.

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The welcome session will address overarching topics such as the principles and challenges of plastics recycling and an analysis of the material flows of plastics in Europe. The second block will then include reports about the use of recycled materials in Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and in stretch films. Another paper will describe the use of digital business models for closing the recyclable resource loop. One of the main themes of the afternoon will be the current status of the post-consumer plastics packaging value chain in Germany, complemented by an examination of the prospects for potential recycling revenue from the application of optimized recycling planning and new recycling technologies. After papers on chemical recycling, the first day will conclude with presentations on the current state of the art in the production of high-quality recycled pellets, the separation of different plastics fractions and mulch film recycling.

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The second day of the forum will include reports on international projects and their specific objectives and the successes achieved in agricultural plastics recycling. Topics include a Spanish initiative in the fruit and vegetables sector and options for boosting efficiency by optimizing information management for all the procedures involved in EPR systems. The day will conclude with status reports on projects in the USA, Chile, New Zealand, Germany, Russia and Italy.

As Jan Bauer, RIGK, says: “Plastics are today facing unprecedented levels of public criticism. However, the use of plastics will continue to increase globally because they help to save energy and resources and they make vital contributions to supplying the world’s population with food and to climate protection. Ensuring efficient collection and recycling of plastic waste is one of the solutions to this dilemma. The 3rd International Recycling Forum will bring together the major players who can help make this solution a reality in order to exchange opinions, ideas and experience. Our aim is to provide every participant with much food for thought for their ongoing activities which will help them to solve the very specific problems they face in relation to the use, collection and recycling of plastic waste.”