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Katrakis: recyclers will need to prove their strength

‘In the coming years, more will continue to be asked of recyclers, be it in terms of quality, market resilience or administrative constraints,’ says Emmanuel Katrakis, secretary general of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation. The organisation is hosting a conference on 19 September to discuss the most important recycling trends.

‘Regulatory developments, some of which put state-of-the-art plastics recycling activities at risk, have steadily increased over the last three years and were taking a significant share of our work,’ Katrakis observes. In order to be successful in the future, there is only one way forward, Katrakis argues. ‘More than ever, the industry will need to be strong on all levels: national, European and international.’

Speaking about positive industry developments, Katrakis says: ‘One of our major achievements is the inclusion of mandatory recycled content targets in the Single-Use Plastics Directive.’

EuRIC is co-hosting the annual the European Recycling Conference with French recycling group FEDEREC. The one day event will take place in Paris on 19 September. They have selected a unique location in the French capital; the Air and Space Museum. The conference will be followed by a gala dinner organised on a luxurious river cruise that will lead guests through the most iconic places of Paris.

Gathering traders, recyclers, consumers and machinery suppliers from all around Europe, this conference will offer great networking opportunities for business development. High level industry speakers, as well as representatives of the European institutions, will speak about the latest business and regulatory developments across the EU.

The priorities for the recycling industry in the coming years will also be discussed in the context of the newly elected European Parliament elections and forthcoming European Commission.

The ERC 2019 will also be a unique occasion to celebrate together the 5th anniversary of EuRIC’s creation. For companies and organisations looking to position themselves as key stakeholders in Europe, ERC will offer a variety of different sponsorship opportunities.

Stay tuned: An interview with Emmanuel Katrakis will be featured in our upcoming issue.

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