The latest trends in the plastics recycling sector will be explored in depth throughout the conference, which will provide a holistic view of the entire plastics recycling value chain, bringing 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, will take part in the panel discussion on global initiatives to close the plastics loop. The Plastic Odyssey mission uses a laboratory ship 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 one of 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.
The material focus sessions will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the mechanical recycling sector, covering PET, PVC and engineering plastics, polyolefin waste streams and polypropylene (PP) recycling.
Speakers will address the key issues of Traceability. Transparency. Trust of Recycled Plastics will 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.
Speakers on the science behind recyclability 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 be presenting on a wide range of innovations in plastics recycling technology and the wider circular economy. Poly to Poly is the platinum sponsor of the event, while Axens, BASF, BB Engineering, Eastman Chemical, EREMA, Flanders Investment & Trade, Kraton Polymers, Mura Technology, Neste, SI Group and Tomra Sorting are silver sponsors.