Two-day event expands programme into two conference theatres

Two-day event expands programme…

Vivianne Heijnen, Minister for the Environment in the Government of the Netherlands is to be the keynote speaker at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe’s conference, taking place at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 10-11 May 2023. With an expanded outline programme, the free-to-attend conference will take place in two theatres for the first time.

The latest trends in the plastics recycling sector will be explored in depth throughout the conference, which provides a holistic view of the whole plastic recycling value chain, drawing together political leaders, major brands and the plastics recycling and manufacturing industry.

Conference sessions will cover the latest political and legislative developments in plastics recycling in Europe as well as the outlook for energy supply in the EU. Viviane Heijnen is the keynote speaker for the opening session entitled Plastics Recycling in Europe - paving the way towards circularity.

Tom Bébien, Recycling Manager at Plastic Odyssey features in the panel discussion looking at Global initiatives for closing the plastic loop. The Plastic Odyssey mission uses a laboratory vessel as an ambassador for the reduction and recycling of plastic waste in the ocean.

As the plastics recycling chain grapples with volatile energy prices, The push and pull factors impacting the market: working towards a carbon-neutral Europe, is expected to be among the most popular sessions. Confirmed speakers include Gian de Belder, Global Group Manager Purchasing at Procter & Gamble and his colleague Adam Selby, Purchases Director - Global Resins & Sustainability.

Speakers presenting a future market outlook for chemical recycling include Ermis Panagiotopoulos, Head of Sustainability Advocacy EMEA at Indorama and Lia Voermans, Director Innovation Strategy at Brightland Chemelot Campus.

Materials focus sessions will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for mechanical recycling, covering PET, PVC and Technical Plastics, polyolefin waste streams and polypropylene (PP) recycling.

Speakers examining the key issues of Traceability. Transparency. Trust of Recycled Plastic include Adrian Sen, Packaging Sustainability and Innovation Manager at Colgate, Lena Lundberg, Public Affairs and Regulatory Director at Trioworld and Mireia Boada, Project Manager at Plastics Recyclers Europe.

In the Science behind recyclability, speakers include Flor Pena Herron, Sr. Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager EMEA at Avery Dennison; Wladimir Moraes, Global Market Manager Flexible Packaging at Bostik and Annett Kaeding, Circular Packaging & Sustainability Project Management at AKK Innovation.


PRSE event sponsors will also give papers on a wide range of innovations in plastics recycling technology and the wider circular economy. Recycled polymers supply organisation Poly to Poly is Platinum event sponsor, while Axens, Basf, BB Engineering, Eastman Chemical, Erema, Flanders Investment & Trade, Kraton Polymers, Mura Technology, Neste, SI Group and Tomra Sorting are Silver sponsors. Confirmed papers include:

  • Filtration in rPET spinning - How BBE’s inline filter cleaning system brings efficiency and ecology into rPET finefiltration by Matthias Schmitz Head of Engineering Recycling Technology at BB Engineering GmbH
  • Innovative Block Copolymer Solutions to Enhance Sustainability and Circular Economy by Freddy Vervoot, Senior Scientist at Kraton Polymers
  • Waste Plastics Advanced Recycling Solutions - Pathway to True Circularity by Stephane Fedou, Director Plastic Circular Economy at Axens
  • Additives enabling the circular economy - a case study in PET and polyolefins by Jeroen Frederix, Market Development Manager - Circular Economy at SI Group

Over 300 companies and organisations from across Europe have signed up to exhibit including: Albis, Berry Global, Bollegraaf, Dijmex Europe, Ettlinger, Fimic, Interzero Plastics Recycling, Krauss Maffei, Krones, Milliken, Pellenc ST, PreZero, Remondis Recycling, Starlinger, Suez and Veolia.

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe is designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals and all those engaged in the sustainable use of plastics. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross-section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, mechanical and chemical plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations. A new chemical recycling feature area will guide visitors through the history of and latest innovations in chemical recycling in a timeline with video displays.

For full details of the conference programme and to register to attend visit the PRSE website:

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