|Conference Programme


Ton EmansPresident, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Brennan Lafferty, Vice President, Crain Global Polymer Group

Kestutis Sadauskas, Director Circular Economy and Green Growth DG Environment, European Commission


This session will be an outlook of the current state of the affairs of the European industry in respect to the legislative landscape including an update of the Plastics Strategy, plastics recycling figures in Europe, as well as initiatives on fighting marine litter.

Moderator: Gerry McGarryManaging Director, RPC bpi group

EverMinds™ - Embracing Circularity for a more Mindful future!
Lucrèce Foufopoulos-De RidderExecutive Vice President Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology, Borealis

How circular IKEA will impact our way of working with plastics
Per Stoltz, Resource and Waste Manager, IKEA

Plastics Recycling Markets in Europe – Opportunities and Reality
Daniel StrickerHead of Market Research, Editor-in-Chief, KI Group

Remondis’ perspective on plastic waste management and collection
Ralf Mandelatz, Managing Director, Remondis Recycling


The material focus sessions at PRSE will focus on the challenges, most pressing issues and opportunities lying within the plastics recycling sector. Each session will be dedicated to a specific waste stream.

11:45 - 13:00    PET RECYCLING   

Chaired by: Casper van den Dungen, Vice President and PET WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Overview of rPET supply and demand until 2025 and beyond
Casper van den DungenVice President and PET WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Bottle-to-bottle recycling – circular economy in practice with PepsiCo
Ivan FilatkinESSA R&D Packaging Productivity & Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo, Inc. | R&D Europe

Tray recycling, how can it grow?
Flemming Viberg, Director, Group M&A and Strategic Alliances, Færch Plast A/S

Deposit collection, what volume can the EU expect to come?
Wolfgang Ringel, Senior Vice President Governmental Affairs, Tomra Systems ASA

14:00 - 15:15   PVC RECYCLING

Chaired by: Antonino Furfari, Managing Director, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Instruments to divert from landfilling: example landfill tax
Herman Huisman, Senior Advisor, International Cooperation in Waste Management, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands

Sustainable chemicals in circular economy
Helmut Maurer, Senior Expert - Chemicals, European Commission

REACH/CLP Update: Focus on Lead Compounds in PVC
Patrick de Kort, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Recycled PVC: which advantages for the environment
Marie-Claire Magnie, Products & Environmental Manager, Suez Recyclage et Valorisation


Chaired by: Jannick Sercu, Marketing Director, Galloo Plastics

From WEEE and ELV to valuable plastic compounds
Jannick SercuMarketing Director, Galloo Plastics

Recycled plastics for a complex electronic product
Tanya Bakker, Programme Manager Environmental Policy, OCE (Océ-Technologies B.V)

Collaboration to Enable Recycled Plastics in Products
John A. Ortiz, Director, Product Stewardship, HP Inc.

Methodologies assessing recycled technical plastics 
Patrick de Kort, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Programme may be subject to change.


This session will focus on design for recycling and technological developments in collection, sorting, shredding, washing, extrusion and plastics conversion.

Moderator: Christine Leveque, Director Business Innovation Recycling and Recovery BeNeLux-Germany, SUEZ

Opening by Karmenu VellaMember of the Commission - Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

The New Plastics Economy - Driving forward the vision of a circular economy for plastics
Gilonne Traub, Senior Research Analyst, New Plastics EconomyEllen MacArthur Foundation

Quality plastic recycling starts with design for recycling
Paolo Glerean, Chair, RecyClass

Packaging Sustainability – Ambition 2030 and the importance of full-value chain collaborations
Gian De Belder, Packaging Technologist, Procter & Gamble

FDU - Flat die Unit; Special Hotrunner System for Recycling Plastics
Daniel Schönleitner, FDU Project Manager, Haidlmair GmbH


This session will investigate the state of affairs of the polyolefins waste stream recycling including high and low polyethylene, as well as mixed plastics.

11:30 - 12:30   LDPE RECYCLING

Chaired by: Ton Emans, President & LDPE WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Polymer Solutions for Modification and Compatibilisation of Recycling Waste Streams
Karlheinz Hausmann, Global TS&D Fellow, Dow Europe GmbH

The plasticulture industry’s commitment toward circularity 
Bernard Le Moine, President, APE Europe

Challenges for Sorting Packaging Waste from Household Collection 
Clemens Pues, Sales Director, Tönsmeier Wertstoffe GmbH & Co. KG

BarrierPack Recyclable – our approach to a sustainable packaging future
Thomas Kahl, Project Manager EcoSolutions, Mondi Consumer Packaging

12:35 - 13:25   AWARDS CEREMONY

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe is the celebration of the innovation and technological development of the sector. The Awards are given in 7 categories and this year’s finalists demonstrate the latest technological developments and innovative solutions intended for improving efficiency and the quality of recycling processes, and in turn making plastic products circular. They will be displayed in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe’s Recycled Product Theatre.

Brennan LaffertyVice President, Crain Global Polymer Group
Antonino Furfari, Managing Director, Plastics Recyclers Europe


13:30 - 14:30    HDPE/PP RECYCLING 

Chaired by: Herbert Snell, Board Member & HDPE/PP WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for HDPE containers
Fabrizio Di Gregorio, Technical Manager, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Driving Circular Economy of Laundry & Home Care Packaging 
Leopold Thorsten, Head of International Packaging Development Home Care, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

HDPE Bottles to Bottles – Veolia Food Grade Recycling
Timothee Duret, Technology and Organic Director, Veolia 

Closing the loop: recycling high quality PP from consumer packaging waste

Eelco Smit, Senior Director Sustainability, Philips International B.V.


Chaired by: Werner Kruschitz, Board Member & PTTs WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

High performance recycling of post-consumer polypropylene
Markus Helftewes, General Manager, DSD

Secondary sorting, technologies and initiatives
Jean Henin, CEO, Pellenc ST

Household packaging recycling: Mixed Plastics vs. Monoflows
Andreas Kessler, Director Business Unit Plastics Benelux & Germany, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Benelux & Germany

Giant steps in the chemical recycling of end-of-life plastic waste
Carlos Monreal, President & CEO, Plastics Energy

Programme may be subject to change.