|Conference Programme Overview

OFFICIAL OPENING   10:10 - 10:30

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, Head of Resource and Waste, Sustainability Group, IKEA

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

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


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

PET RECYCLING   11:45 - 13:00 

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

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

PVC RECYCLING    14:00 - 15:15

Chaired by: Franck Seité, Board Member & PVC WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe Chairman, 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


Joseph Venegas, Sustainability Manager, Wavin


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.

More programme details will be published soon. For information on how you can get involved, please contact Donna Bushell, Conference Director at dbushell@crain.com


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

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, Principal Scientist - Packaging R&D, Procter & Gamble

FDU - Flat die Unit; Special Hotrunner System for Recycling Plastics
Andreas Kißler, FDU-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.

LDPE RECYCLING   11:30 - 12:30

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

AWARDS CEREMONY   12:35 - 13:25

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.


HDPE/PP RECYCLING   13:30 - 14:30 

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

Post-consumer HDPE for food packaging applications
Frank Welle, Business Development Manager, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV

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

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.

More programme details will be published soon. For information on how you can get involved, please contact Donna Bushell, Conference Director at dbushell@crain.com