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Here are the 55 Plastics Recycling Awards Europe finalists!

The countdown has begun for the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, taking place at the RAI Amsterdam expo centre on 5 November. The organisation has announced all 55 finalists during a special livestream event this afternoon. The potential winners span seven award categories.

‘Finalist products and projects all come from Europe and shortlisted products all contain a minimum of 50% recycled plastics,’ says Ton Emans, president of Plastics Recyclers Europe. ‘We received over 70 applications from brand owners, raw material producers, machine and equipment producers, and more – representing the whole plastics value chain and beyond. This is a great testament to the quality of plastics recycling in Europe’s increasingly circular economy.’

Brennan Lafferty, vice president of event organiser Crain Communications adds: ‘Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists. These incredible initiatives and products prove our sector’s commitment to the recycling and reuse of plastics. They show us all that by working together we can make great things from recycled plastics and substantially increase the uptake of recyclates.’

Meet the finalists…

Building & Construction Product of the Year:

•    ArmaPET Eco50 by Armacell Benelux S.C.S

•    Good Plastic recycled marine plastic construction/decoration panel by The Good Plastic Company

•    Paving Grid Stella Green/ Stella Padd by ML Sp. z o.o.

•    Soundbarrier Block by Palikka Oy

•    ULTRA ECOSTONE by Palikka Oy

Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year:

•    ABMF-PET-C by BritAS Recycling-Anlagen GmbH

•    BKG FlexDisc by Nordson BKG GmbH

•    Epsilon Recycling Machine by Plasmac Srl

•    FLAKE SCAN by Sesotec GmbH

•    INTAREMA TVEplus RegrindPro + ReFresher by EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H.

•    LUBO Anti Wrapping StarScreen (AWS) by Lubo Recycling Solutions and Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions as part of the Bollegraaf Group

•    Max-AI AQC-C Max-AI by Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) and National Recovery Technologies (NRT)

•    Cyclops by PAL srl

•    SPA Screw pump by FIMIC Srl

•    Trebo’s fluid-mechanical sorting technology by Trebo

•    VIZ – infinitely flexible, ingeniously adaptable plastics shredding machine by Vecoplan AG

Plastic Packaging Product of the Year:

•    Basiq Pallet by Attero

•    Hamburgs Wertstoff Innovative by Veolia – Multiport GmbH, Unilever Deutschland Holding GmbH, TUHH – Hamburg University of Technology, BUDNI Handels – und Service GmbH & Co. KG and Stadtreinigung Hamburg

•    Joules Click & Collect Bag by Braskem & Duo & Joules

•    Evian label-free bottle designed to be circular SAEME by Danone Eaux France

•    Project Roy by Reckitt Benckiser

•    Reborn R100 PLUS by Reborn Group

•    SASI range by Schoeller Allibert

•    SIPA DUO MiniStackable by SIPA

Product Technology Innovation of the Year:

•    All in One Pods – Laundry Pouches for Ariel, Lenor, Dash, Tide and Fairy by Procter & Gamble

•    CirKular+ for Innovative Plastics Upcycling and Circular Economy Solutions by Kraton Polymers LLC

•    ColorMatrix SmartHeat RHC by Avient Corporation

•    MAGNUM ECO by Samsonite Europe NV, SUEZ, LyondellBasell

•    RECOTHENE high performance recycled polythene pellets by Chase Plastics

•    Recyclable PP Trigger Sprayer by Reckitt

•    Recyclable Toothpaste Tube – Smile for Good by Colgate-Palmolive

•    reSound R Recycled Content Thermoplastic Elastomers by Avient Corporation

Household & Leisure Product of the Year:

•    Afterlife Bench by Supernovas

•    Circular Green Rope by PLASTIX

•    Curver SMART ECO Foodkeeper by Keter

•    Eclipse Wall Lamp by Polimeer

•    Eradico by Rentokil Initial

•    HÅG Capisco Puls – auburn coloured made of recycled snow plough markers by Flokk

•    HÅLLBAR waste bin by Morssinkhof Rymoplast & Inter IKEA

•    Lounge chair from rHDPE by Searious Business

•    Rockeees by Coolrec Plastics bv

•    Thales Eco SIM by Thales and Veolia

•    Waste Bins made of recycled material by Schwarz Group, PreZero, Lidl and Jelenia Plast

Automotive, Electrical or Electronic Product of the Year: 

•    Arçelik Eco-Sustain Washing Machine by Arçelik A.Ş.

•    Holder Soundgenerator by Pöpplemann Kunststoff Technik GmbH

•    Recycled Plastic Battery Box by Ford Otosan

•    Speed Home WLAN by Deutsche Telekom AG

•    Speedport Smart 4 by Deutsche Telekom AG

•    Volvo XC60 Front Bumper 2021 by Volvo Cars

Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year:  

•    Charlotte Glassneck, Manager New Plastics Applications, Tomra Sorting Recycling

•    Flor Peña Herron, Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager EMENA, Avery Dennison

•    David Katz, Founder and CEO, Plastic Bank

•    Hans Axel Kristensen, CEO, Plastix

•    Philipp Lehner, Chief Executive Officer, ALPLA

•    An Vossen, Executive Manager, Plarebel

Meet the judges…

The expert judging panel for the Plastics Recycling Awards 2021 includes three previous winners of the Ambassador Award: Professor Kim Ragaert of Ghent University (2020), Gian de Belder, Technical Director, R&D Packaging Sustainability at Procter & Gamble (2019) and Willemijn Peeters CEO of Searious Business (2018). They are joined by Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE); Karen Laird, Editor of Sustainable Plastics and Rune Thoralfsson, Owner and Director of plastic film recycler Norfolier GreenTec AS.

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