|Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2018 Finalists

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Building & Construction Product Made from Recycled Plastic of the Year

This award category covers products used in construction destined both for outdoor and indoor applications, street furniture and landscaping applications. It includes a wide range of items including: flooring, piping, window frames, insulation, roofing, doors, wall coverings etc. The judges will be looking at how the product benefits the building/structure/surroundings from the sustainability point of view and will be focusing on its durability.


XXX Bench

How were these objectives achieved and what are the key innovations?
Print Your City! processes recycled plastic pellets from municipal plastic waste or flakes from grinded recycled products and 3D prints street furniture and equipment. The project started from small scale material tests in the extruder. Prototypes were tested at the laboratories of TU Delft for tensile strength. The results highlighted two important aspects of the performance of 3D printed large components when produced from recycled plastics: (1) the quality and purity of the source material (2) the design and layer orientation. Moreover, through a series of tests it was concluded that it is possible to re-recycle the material used. The results of the laboratory showed that their strength is good enough for applications on furniture and other city equipment. The first 1:1 scale prototype is the xxx bench. It weighs 50 kg and measures 150 cm long and 80 cm wide. It is made from recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable. The piece was produced in collaboration with Aectual, on a large scale pellet extrusion 3D printer, located close to the city centre. This resulted in a very short material circle, which could constantly be fed with additional material from the urban plastic waste streams, thereby achieving long-term adaptation to the city’s evolving needs. Print Your City! provides a new solution for the reduction of plastic waste and simultaneously creates a sustainable practice for expanding cities through citizens involvement and 3D printing. This innovative approach introduces a lot of advantages: (1) plastic waste reduction, (2) zero waste construction process, (3) closed material cycle for plastic, (4) in-situ recycling, (5) efficient after-life use for plastic waste, (6) reduced CO2 emissions, (7) improved public space and built environment, and (8) support of local economy.
What is special about this building & construction development and what are its implications?
What if citizens could build their cities from their plastic waste? In the project Print Your City!, Dutch citizens transform their plastic waste into raw material for public space, creating a circular stream within the city. This is achieved by recycling household plastic waste with 3D printing and producing components that upgrade the built environment through citizen involvement and the principles of circular economy. The city provides a suitable field for large, long-lasting and easy to trace applications for recycled plastic. At the same time, the technology of 3D printing enables a short recycling path and a zero waste production process that can combine modular repair and mass customisation; and can maximise the use and value of the material resources. Furthermore, involving citizens in the material collection and the design process increases recycling rates and results in customizable parts that fit the needs of the neighbouring area. This circular city strategy boosts the local economy by locally sourcing materials and locally producing goods. The built environment develops sustainably by accommodating the demand for plastic from local resources, and simultaneously solves municipal disposal problems and involves citizens in the production process of public space.
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Multiport Plastic Cable Duct

How were these objectives achieved and what are the key innovations?
Leight weight because the use of plastic, easy connection, secure closing and opening by special hinge
What is special about this building & construction development and what are its implications?
Replace of concrete
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Fortum wedge-shaped CIRCO-profile

How were these objectives achieved and what are the key innovations?
The wedge-shaped CIRCO-profile fulfills the set objectives. As it is manufacturer by Fortum to the final wedge-shape, it can be quickly assembled after one cutting procedure to the wanted length. This can be done beforehand by an automatic cutting machine. Separate plastic pieces are no more needed as the profile itself is moisture resistant. For this reason the lifetime of the joist can be estimated to be longer than wooden joist.
What is special about this building & construction development and what are its implications?
This innovation exploits the benefits of plastics as a material compared to wood. For recycled plastics this application is perfect as the properties of recycled plastic material fulfill the mechanical criteria. The lifetime of the wedge-shaped CIRCO®-profile is longer than of wood, and it is even totally recyclable and easy to dismantle after use. With further development and launching this innovation could save virgin materials in house constructions and offer a sustainable application for recycled plastics.
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Beaulex, Rainwater Buffers

How were these objectives achieved and what are the key innovations?
DS Smith Plastics succeeded in developing a rainwater management system made out of post-consumer material that meets all the rigidity specs required. DS Smith performed the necessary tests to realize this development.
What is special about this building & construction development and what are its implications?
The system to buffer water under parking spaces improved the process: • Larger buffer capacity • No installation time • No calculatations needed • Random close packing • Less geotextile required • Less excavation works
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Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year

This award will be presented to an inspirational individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the European Plastics Recycling Industry in the last 12months. Please nominate individuals you feel would be worthy of such an honor. Please note you are unable to nominate yourself.


Entry Deadline: 12th January 2018

Carlos Martinez Lapuente

Fawaz Kazma

Gian Debelder

Manica Ulcnik-Krump

Monique Maissan

Willemijn Peeters

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Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year

This award covers products for markets such as domestic products, sports and leisure goods, electronic products, fashion accessories, medical and pharmaceutical devices. Entries are encouraged from product designers and design engineers at consultancies, processors and end-use companies. It is an essential part of this entry that a product, model, or prototype is submitted otherwise the entry will not be considered. However, if the product is too large please contact us.


Entry Deadline: 12th January 2018

Benedicte Cusinberche

Bernard MERKX

František Kessner

Lorenzo Delorenzi

Martina Luptakova

Orkun Kaymakci

Ramon Knoester

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Recycled Plastic Packaging Product of the Year

This award covers products for consumer packaging. Entries are encouraged from product designers and design engineers at consultancies, processors and end-use companies.

It is an essential part of this entry that a product, model, or prototype is submitted – otherwise the entry will not be considered.


Entry Deadline: 12th January 2018

Gian De Belder

Gian De Belder

Jean-Marc van Maren

Jim Collingham

Manica Ulcnik-Krump

Markus Helftewes

Maurice Boogaard

Tinne De Pooter

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Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling of the Year
This award recognises companies that have instigated, developed or applied innovative technologies. It is open to organisations or companies which can demonstrate how they have gained or provided tangible benefits through genuine plastics materials or processing innovations. The judges will be looking for quantifiable benefits in areas such as production efficiency, quality standards, product performance or profitability. 

The significant portion of the entry must have taken place in the last 18-month period, however, we do accept that many programmes and products have longer life spans than 18 months. We welcome entries that have an international element, but the significant portion must have taken place in Europe. Entries must be new - revamps or programmes which have run virtually unchanged for several years are not eligible.

Entry Deadline: 12th January 2018

Anja Berndorfer

Claudia Hagn

Elżbieta Świętek

Erica Canaia

Florian Riedl

Jérémie Garbe

Judith Wronn

Paulo Cavacas

Roberta Gualtieri

Silvia Feder

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