The first edition of the End of Life Plastics 2013 conference took place from 4-6 June 2013 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany.
Waste plastics are a commercially viable source of income and effective management can greatly increase sustainability and diminish the carbon footprint of a product. With producers taking responsibility and Earth's finite resources for a growing population, what are the best options for End of Life Plastics? Is it recovery and mechanical recycling, energy from incineration, plastics to fuel technology, upcycling, or chemical recycling and return to the virgin plastics?
All global regions have regulations for plastics waste markets. The EU market regulations are changing to facilitate recycling by re-classifying materials as End of Waste (EOW): "The waste ceases to be waste when a useful and safe product is placed on the market". There must be market demand and no adverse effects. The debate is in progress including the issue of additives like low molecular weight phthalate plasticisers, heavy metals and halogenated flame retardants.
The End of Life Plastics 2013 conference provided a forum for leading corporate responsibility managers and brand owners, the plastics industry, recyclers, R&D professionals and the technology supply chain and debated the optimum environmental solutions for managing end of life polymer materials and the market reality and economics of each option.
The next edition of the event will take place 17-19 June 2014 at the Hotel NIkko, Düsseldorf, Germany. Follow the below link for more information: End of Life Plastics 2014
The conference proceedings for the End of Life Plastics 2013 event are now available for sale. Please follow the link below.
End of Life Plastics 2013 conference proceedings