|Conference Programme

Plastics Recycling Show Europe incorporates a two-day conference, covering the latest trends and developments in the sector, as well as reflecting on the most recent legislation, challenges and opportunities. The conference brings together the entire cross-section of the value chain, aiming to promote collaboration and to accelerate the transition towards sustainable and truly circular plastics recycling industry.

Each session will last around 1hour.

The Conference sessions are FREE to attend for all visitors to the show, and entry will be on a first-come first-served basis. Please arrive at the Conference Theatre in good time prior to the session(s) you'd like to attend. REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE ENTRY BADGE

Day One 25th March 2020


10:30 The dawn of an 'evermindful' new era for plastics

With the European Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan and the new term of both the European Commission and the Parliament, this session will take a closer look into the current state of the affairs and new developments of the plastics-related EU legislation.


Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit: Waste Management and Secondary Materials, DG ENV, European Commission

Maria Ciliberti, Vice President (VP) Marketing and New Business Development, Polyolefins, Borealis

Chris McNally, Expert Partner, McKinsey



The current market trends, new technologies and initiatives in recycling of polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinylchloride, and plastic waste coming from end-of-life and electrical and electronic equipment will be the focus of this session. The session will be split into:


Chaired by:

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

PET Recycling Switzerland - The Swiss Approach. On the go packaging collection and litter prevention


Kjell Olav Amdam Maldum, CEO and Chairman, Infinitum

Jean Claude Würmli, Managing Director, PET-Recycling Schweiz

Sorting and recycling of PET packaging from post consumer material

Speaker: Valerie Bürstner , Head of Sales, Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH

PET: always towards circularity

Speaker: Christian Crepet , Managing Director, Petcore Europe

** Lunch Break**


Chaired by:

Maribel Cansell , Board Member & PVC WG Chairwoman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Regulatory Update on Substances in PVC and the Status of the Material under Waste Legislation

Speaker: Patrick de Kort , Regulatory Affairs Manager, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Creating impact as a company through sustainability

Speaker: Wilco Otte, Global Sustainability Director, Wavin

PVC Pipes: best practices in circularity: experience in the Netherlands

Speaker: Roger Loop, Director, BureauLeiding

VinylPlus® – a sustainable value chain approach for circularity

Speaker: Zdenek Hruska, Public Affairs Director, VinylPlus



Chaired by:

Mathilde Taveau, Plastics Engineer, Coolrec

Tracking of Substances of Concern in Recycled Plastics - Update on the Results and Status of PRE 1000-1

Speaker: Patrick de Kort , Regulatory Affairs Manager, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Lexmark & Lavergne: partnering for sustainable plastics reuse


Jean Luc Lavergne , CEO, Lavergne Group

Sylvie Thomas , Head of EMEA Sustainability Policies, Lexmark

The business case for circular plastics

Speaker: Karl Edsjö, Director Environmental & European Affairs, Electrolux

Day Two 26th March 2020


Plastic pollution is a transboundary challenge and must be addressed at a global level. This session will focus on the ongoing worldwide solutions to marine litter as well as initiatives that are done on the local level.

Saving our oceans and environment from end-of-life netting and rope – confirming our commitment for the circular new plastics economy

Speaker: Hans Axel Kristensen, CEO, Plastix A/S

Project STOP – a pioneering initiative to STOP ocean plastics at source and drive Circular Economy in South-East Asia

Speaker: Dorothea Wiplinger, Sustainability Manager - Strategy & Group Development, Borealis AG

Upselling Waste to object

Speaker: Philippe-Daniel Merillet, CEO & Co-founder, The One Project



High- and low-density polyethylene as well as polypropylene recycling will be the focus of this session. Our speakers will be sharing their views on new technologies, recyclates uptake and market trends. This session will cover:


Chaired by:

Ton Emans, President & LDPE WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe


Speaker: Fabrizio di Gregorio, Technical Manager, RecyClass

The role of a Masterbatcher in Plastic Recycling

Speaker: Jan Sueltemeyer, Global lead of innovation & Sustainability, Clariant Plastics & Coatings Ltd

A converters perspective on the latest findings using PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) plastics in High Performance film

Speaker: Andreas Malmberg, Chief Executive Officer, Triopast

Connecting the industry – Practical measures to increase the uptake of recycled polymers

Speaker: Andreas Bastian, Managing Director, plastship




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.



Design from Recycling: the Three Key Pillars

Chaired by:

Herbert Snell, Board Member & HDPE WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Ecological benefits by recycling polyolyfines - a contribution to cut down GWP emissions

Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gilian Gerke, Resource Management, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal

Recycled HDPE for cosmetic applications – next major step on sustained way to food-grade

Speaker: Immo Sander, Head of Packaging Development Department, Werner & Mertz GmbH

Multiple advantages of Plasper products for polymers Recycling Stream

Speaker: Dr. Anna Lucea Sureda, Technical Sales Representative Leader, Plasper


Speaker: Karlheinz Hausmann,  R&D Fellow,  Dow



PP & PS Recycling

Chaired by:

Werner Kruschitz, Board Member & PP/PO WG Chairman, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Plastic packaging HDPE/PP too good to waste – recycling for food applications


Remco Broekhuis, Group Technical Material Manager, Schoeller Allibert

Maria Malinowski, Group QESH Director, Schoeller Allibert Services BV

Design from Recycling: The three key pillars

Speaker: Thijs Feenstra, Circular Plastic Design Consultant, Pezy Group

Driving circularity for styrenics

Speaker: Jens Kathmann, Secretary General, Styrenics Circular Solutions

Please note, programme is subject to change.