Seven in heaven: Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 winners revealed

Winners of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019

THE seven winners of the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 have been announced on Day Two of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, held at the RAI Amsterdam.

The winners each received a trophy, with a 3D printed base made from 100% recycled ABS plastic car dashboards and a multi-colour top laser cut from compressed HDPE beach clean-up bottle caps.

The seven award winners are:

Automotive, Electrical or Electronic Product: Volvo Recycled Plastics Demo Car, Volvo Cars

The recycled plastics demo car by Volvo Cars highlights the role recycled plastics can play in the automotive industry. A total of 170 plastic components in this demo XC60 were replaced by recycled plastics.

Building & Construction Product: MPO Easy Channel, Multiport GmbH

The drainage system by Multiport GmbH is made from HDPE- and PP packaging waste. It is described as ‘lightweight, easy to handle and easy to lay’.

Household & Leisure Product: PBD Collection Bag, Cedo Folien- und Haushaltsprodukte GmbH

The PBD drawstring collection bag contains more than 90% certified post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic of which more than 40% is flexible packaging. The bag is designed to encourage the collection of plastic packaging, metal packaging and drink cartons for recycling.

Plastic Packaging Product: Garçon Wines sustainable 100% rPET, flat wine bottle

The 100% rPET, flat wine bottle is a mail order wine bottle that fits through letter boxes. The packaging is said to combine ‘convenience and cost-effectiveness’ with a ‘lightweight sustainable design’.

Plastics Recycling Ambassador: Gian De Belder, Procter & Gamble

Gian De Belder has worked to develop solutions to problems such as the recyclability of Opaque and Difficult to Recycle (ODR) household and personal care PET bottles. He is the project leader of Procter & Gamble’s Holy Grail project, which is developing a system for watermark and tracer technology.

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Product Technology Innovation: REC-NIR-BLACK, Ampacet

Carbon black packaging waste, such as trays and clamshells, can cause problems in recycling streams, as it cannot be detected by the NIR sensors used by most recyclers. Ampacet Corp has developed black masterbatches that contain no carbon black pigment, rendering them near-infrared (NIR) transparent, and therefore detectable and able to be sorted.

Recycling Machinery Innovation: Cascade Extrusion System COREMA by INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH and EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H.

The COREMA Cascade Extrusion System is an extrusion line for mechanical recycling of post-consumer thermoplastics. The product was recognised as an innovative combination of processing technologies that deliver ‘cost-effective’ recycling of post-consumer plastic to produce ‘high quality’ plastic material.

Ton Emans, PRE president and awards judge said, “Already in their second year the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe have come of age, thanks to the quality and depth of entries we have received. Together our seven winners show outstanding innovation in recycling to use plastics in a truly sustainable and circular way. Congratulations to them all!”