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Europe’s vibrant plastic sector is prominent conference topic

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Although challenged by high energy costs, recyclers in Europe will talk about a higher-volume future at Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe in Rotterdam.

Investments in established and emerging plastic recycling and reprocessing techniques will be a focal point of discussion at the 2022 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe event, which takes place at the Rotterdam Hilton 15-16 November.

While paper and board recycling contributes to some program topics, other sessions at the two-day conference https://paperplasticseurope.recyclingtodayevents.com/schedule/ will cast the spotlight on plastic scrap collection, processing, trading and consumption.

High energy costs have caused concerns for a difficult winter for some recyclers in Europe. Companies with long-term plans designed to meet Europe’s aggressive plastic recycling targets, however, will find numerous other topics of discussion in Rotterdam.

On Tuesday, 15 November a session titled “Plastic: A Scramble To Close Loops” will examine the investments being made in the new decade to boost the recycling rate of plastic in Europe, with recyclers on the front line of that effort participating in the conversation.

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Panelists at the Tuesday afternoon session include Ben Kras of Netherlands recycling firm Kras Recycling BV; Max Craipeau of Greencore Resources Limited, which operates plastic recycling facilities in Poland and Indonesia; Jacob Rognhaug of global plastic sorting and recycling technology provider TOMRA; and Jan-Willem Muller, a managing partner in plastics recycling funding group Infinity Recycling. The session will be moderated by Martijn Reintjes, chief editor of the Recycling International publication.

The next day, a 90-minute discussion between participants on the “R-Polymer Consumer Panel” will focus on emerging supply and demand dynamics in an era of growing mechanical and chemical plastics recycling activity in Europe.

Buyers and reprocessors of plastic scrap at the Wednesday, 16 November session include: James Marshall of United Kingdom-based Fiberight Limited; Jeremy (Jez) Blake of United Kingdom-based Berry Circular Polymers; Salvis Lapiņš of Latvia-based PET Baltija; and Samuel Martinez of United Kingdom-based Greenback Recycling Technologies Ltd. The discussion will be moderated by DeAnne Toto, editorial director of the Recycling Today Media Group.

Several of the conference’s other five sessions touch on issues of interest to plastic recyclers, including the regulatory climate in Europe (“Recycling’s Role In The Green Deal,” 15 November); trade issues affecting the movement of scrap materials (“Walls And Bridges: Trade In The 2020s,” 15 November); and the sustainability movement in the packaging sector (“Sector Analysis: Packaging,” 15 November).

More information on the November Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference Europe event, including how to register https://gie.expoplanner.com/?do=reg.flow&event_id=36 , can be found on this web page. https://paperplasticseurope.recyclingtodayevents.com/

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