European plastics recycling trade show announces March conference programme

Plastics Recycling Show Europe - Conference

[ Editor note, 13 March2020: Since this article was published, the Plastics Recycling Show Europe has confirmed that it has changed the dates of the event, so it will now take place on 27 and 28 October 2020, still at RAI Amsterdam ]

The forthcoming Plastics Recycling Show Europe includes a free-to-attend conference taking place at the RAI Amsterdam on 25 and 26 March 2020.

The organisers say the conference will provide “a holistic view of the whole plastic recycling value chain”, with contributions from political leaders, major brands, recyclers and the plastics recycling and manufacturing industry. Key speakers include:

  • Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit: Waste Management and Secondary Materials, DG ENV, at the European Commission
  • Immo Sander, Head of Packaging Development, Werner & Mertz
  • Karl Edsjö, Director Environmental & European Affairs at Electrolux
    Sylvie Thomas, Head of EMEA Sustainability Policies at Lexmark
  • Roberta Bernasconi, Senior Manager EMEA Sustainability at Whirlpool

The European Commission’s Mattia Pellegrini will deliver the opening keynote on 25 March in a session entitled “The New Reality for Plastics”. This session will look at the current state of affairs – and new developments – with plastics-related EU legislation, against the background of the European Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan and the new term of both the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Several materials focus sessions will explore the challenges, issues and opportunities within the sector for mechanical recycling, with sessions covering PET, PVC and Technical Plastics. Featured speakers include Roberta Bernasconi from Whirlpool, Karl Edsjö of Electrolux and Sylvie Thomas of Lexmark & Luc Lavergne of Lavergne Group all speak in the Technical Plastics session that concludes Day One.

Opening the second day is a session called “Global Solutions and Regional Actions on Plastic Waste”. This will examine solutions to the transboundary problems of marine litter. It will also highlight the success of some of the latest local initiatives combatting unwanted plastic waste in the environment. Joining Daniel Merillet of The One Project in this session will be Hans Axel Kristensen, CEO of Plastix A/S and Dorothea Wiplinger, Sustainability Manager – Strategy & Group Development at Borealis AG.

Day two continues with polyolefin material focus sessions which will examine the current status of polyolefin waste streams including high- and low-density polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE). Speakers in the sessions will include Immo Sander of Werner & Mertz, Andreas Malmberg of Trioplast and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gilian Gerke, Resource Management, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal. The conference concludes with a final material focus session looking at polypropylene (PP) recycling, a new addition to the programme for 2020.

Organised jointly by Crain Communications and Plastics Recyclers Europe, PRSE is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from across the entire plastics recycling value chain to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. Organisations exhibiting at the event include plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations. The 2019 edition hosted 3,250 delegates and 120 exhibiting companies. Over 160 companies have already booked to exhibit at PRSE 2020.

Visitor registration for free entry to the conference and accompanying exhibition is at:

A video review of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe 2019 is included below.