Netherlands – The winners of the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe has just been announced.
The winners are:
- Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year Award - Willemijn Peeters, Ocean Ambassador and Founder of Searious Business
- Building & Construction Product Award - Beaulex, Rainwater Buffers, DS Smith Plastics
- Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year Award – Grundig vacuum cleaner made from WEEE recycled plastics, Arçelik A.Ş
- Recycled Plastic Packaging Product Award - Systalen Primus HDPE regranulates, Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
- Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling Award – Barrier-Pack Recyclable, functional and recyclable PE-based laminate packaging, Mondi
The winners each received a trophy designed and made by the Better Future Factory. The base is 3D printed from 100% recycled ABS plastic car dashboards and the multi-colour top is laser cut from compressed HDPE beach clean-up bottle caps.
“The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe winners have each successfully demonstrated how passion, innovation, ingenuity and determination can achieve practical, commercial and successful advances in plastics recycling,” said Ton Emans, awards judge and President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and added that the entries were of a high standard and make a huge contribution towards conserving resources, reducing carbon dioxide and sustaining the circular economy.
“Peeters has put the full force of her personality and very considerable capabilities into establishing an initiative to prevent plastics from ending up in the environment, by helping businesses implement more sustainable ways of producing and distributing goods,” Emans added.
The Beaulex balls replace the use of old tyres for rainwater buffering systems under hardened surfaces and can easily be dug up and recycled again, are clean and efficient in use. “The product is an innovative, sustainable solution for better rainwater management and an application for recycled plastics we had not seen before,” fellow judge Karen Laird, editor of Plastics News Europe, noted.
The Grundig vacuum cleaner is a commendable initiative by household appliances manufacturer Arçelik. Used appliances collected from customers are delivered back to Arçelik‘s two licensed Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling facilities, where they are disassembled for sustainable recycling and eventually used in manufacturing of new products.
The Systalen Primus HDPE is a high-quality bottle made of recycled HDPE material that looks rather like virgin material and has been used to package Emsal Parkett cleaning agent since 2016, and Emsal Vinyl since 2017. “This only used to be possible using PET,” explained Laird.
It has been impossible to recycle barrier packaging for a long time now because of the different layers used to create the necessary barrier. Mondi has developed a PE-based Barrier-Pack Recyclable sustainable flexible packaging material that is fully recyclable and still offering exceptional mechanical properties.
Also on the panel of judges were Simona Bonafè, member of the European Parliament, Cyrill Gutsch founder of campaigning organisation Parley for the Oceans, design strategist and co-founder of Form Us With Love, Jonas Pettersson, Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University and marine debris specialist, Rune Thoralfsson, owner and director of Norfolier GreenTec, the largest film recycler in the Nordic region.
The Plastics Recycling Show Europe exhibition and conference is organised by Crain Communications and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). The event brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business.