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Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) takes place again this year as part of the PDM Event (Plastics Design & Moulding) on June 14 and 15 at the Telford International Centre. RWW takes a look at some of the highlights in store for attendees at both the exhibition and the conference

The PRE exhibition features a range of companies and organisations specialising in different parts of plastics recycling, while the two-day PRE conference will see leading figures from UK plastics recycling outlining the opportunities offered and challenges faced by the sector in today’s market.

Conference speakers include representatives from Tesco, WRAP, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and BPF Recycling Group, as well as academics, policy and compliance experts, and specialists from the packaging and design industries.

Big issues

Squaring up to some of the biggest issues facing UK plastics recycling, Mike Baxter of the BPF Recycling Group opens the conference with ‘Is there a future for recycling waste plastics in the United Kingdom?’ He is followed by Keith Freegard, director at Axion Recycling, who will look at how we can overcome the difficulty of keeping plastics recovery facilities viable and sustainable in the current economic environment.

Jessica Baker, managing director of Chase Plastics, will examine the future of targets and what is best for UK industry.

Phil Conran, director at 360 Environmental is set to ask whether packaging recovery note (PRN) system reform could be the saviour of the industry.

Andrew Bird, chair of LARAC, will introduce the new Courtauld agreement, Courtauld 2025, outlining the lifecycle approach it will take and how it will affect plastics recycling.

A cornucopia of topics

On day two of the conference, Jane Bevis, chair of OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label) will ask if consumers are making or braking the circular economy.

Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director of Sita, explores the latest trends in plastic packaging.

Stuart Kershaw, trading sales manager (plastics) at Viridor Waste Management, asks if designers have a role to play in making pots, tubs and trays more widely recycled.

Mike Baxter, external affairs director at BPI Recycled Products, covers oxo-biodegradables and the early impact of the plastic bag charge.

Dan Jordan, former business development and commercial manager at Boomerang Plastics, tackles the tricky issue of obstacles to making plastics recycling pay in ‘The rise and fall of recycling – what’s missing?’ The second day will also focus on end markets for recycled plastics.

Industry evangelist Stuart Forster, CEO of RECOUP, will cover finding and developing new markets for recycled plastic material.

Claire Shrewsbury, packaging programme manager at WRAP, focuses on improving sorting and developing end markets.

Ian Sorensen, group head of consumables and waste and recycling procurement at Tesco, will outline how the retailer has successfully closed the plastic recycling loop by offering single-use carry bags made from its own plastic waste.

A further session is also planned on the future of plastics recycling in the automotive sector and specifically how to increase the recycled plastic content in cars.

Companies exhibiting at PRE will showcase the latest technology developed to keep costs low, reduce material contamination and save energy during production.

Among the companies exhibiting at PRE are ARTEC Machinery, Axion Recycling, Biffa Polymers, Blue Sky Plastics, BPI Recycled Products, Cofit, Erema, Gamma Meccanica, Gneuss Kunststofftechnik, LARAC, Manifattura Russo Filippo, Netzsch Instruments, Plasgran, Plastic Recycling Van Werven, Tecnova and Tivaco.

Fimic will be presenting its latest self-cleaning automatic melt filter that has the ability to deal with higher levels of contamination with low machine wear, as well as its ECO and C Series guillotines for cutting plastics for recycling.

Plastics recycler Moulding Solutions will be promoting its recently expanded facilities that can process high volumes of both general plastic components and packaging, as well as specialist heavy duty thick wall PE pipes and head waste.

Awards and guidelines

RECOUP will be using the event as a platform to promote its sponsorship of the Best UK Recycled Plastic Product Award 2016, and to launch the new edition of its Recyclability by Design guidelines.

Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP, said: “Showcasing recycled plastic products at PDM and PRE is a great way for the industry to see just what is possible.”

Accessible from the M6 and M54 motorways, the Telford International Centre provides free parking, and nearby Southwater development offers visitors and exhibitors a choice of bars and restaurants.

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