IFAT 2016 focuses on recycling

IFAT, the world’s leading trade show for environmental technologies, will take place at the Messe München trade show center in Germany from 30 May to 3 June 2016.

Waste management in the European Union (EU) is constantly being improved. However, the economy continues to lose enormous quantities of potential secondary raw materials. It is against this backdrop that the European Commission is currently working on a new Circular Economy Package, designed to serve as a new road map for avoiding waste, using scrap and formulating long-term recycling objectives.

Martin Faulstich, chairman of the German Council of Experts for Environmental Issues, explains, “When the circular-economy strategy emphasizes the right aspects, we will be able to improve environmental protection and recycling performance in the EU even further. However, it is essential that we think and act in a multisectoral, evidence-based, practical and implementation-oriented manner.”

Faulstich is one of the founders of the Circular Economy Coalition for Europe (CEC4Europe). The coalition of scientists and companies from several EU member countries wants to use scientifically based facts, figures and recommendations to direct the EU Commission’s focus in what the group calls an ecologically effective and economically sensible direction.

Faulstich, a professor at Clausthal Technical University and managing director of CUTEC GmbH, both of which are in Germany, says, “When it comes to recycling, public and regulatory attention currently focuses on residential waste, which is not proving effective.”

The CEC4Europe says it doesn’t just want to examine the supply side but wants to increase the focus on demand, as well. Faulstich says, “If we want to develop a strategic Pan-European circular economy, increased emphasis must be placed on the future raw material needs of European industry.”

Developments that target high-value and nonhousehold streams, such as old automobiles or electronic scrap, also are strongly represented at IFAT, according to organisers of the trade fair.

Silvia Fritscher, the exhibition director of IFAT, says, “At the upcoming show, our exhibitors will present the topics of car and building material recycling in elaborate demonstrations at IFAT’s outdoor exhibition site in Munich.”

New recovery ideas for resources that are still undeveloped or underdeveloped also will be addressed, says Fritscher.

More information is available at www.ifat.de/en.

Registration opens for EuPC Annual Meeting 2016

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The EuPC (European Plastics Converters) Annual Meeting will take place in Lyon, France, 2-3 June 2016 at the Hotel Mercure Lyon Centre Saxe Lafayette. More than 100 delegates from the plastics value chain, including brand owners, converters, collectors, recyclers, machinery and equipment suppliers, waste management companies, raw material suppliers and representatives of the European Union institutions, member states and academia, are expected to gather for the event.

Thursday, 2 June, attendees will discuss and debate key issues during the EuPC Plastics Building & Construction Forum, the EuPC Plastics Packaging Forum and the EuPC Automotive & Transport Forum.

Plasticity event set for Shanghai in April

The fifth annual Plasticity Forum will be held in Shanghai 27-28 April 2016, at the Andaz Hotel in that city’s Xintiandi district.

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According to the event’s organisers, “China has just signed on to the World Plastics Council (which is a sponsor of this event), and the event is timed to coincide with the large Chinaplas trade show, which is one of the largest in the world for the plastic industry.”

Also participating in the forum will be officials from Jiangsu Province, “who are leading the way in China in an effort to create a strong circular economy system,” says Doug Woodring of the Ocean Recovery Alliance, who founded the event.

Woodring adds, “Plasticity is about sharing knowledge on how to scale up the solutions that already exist or opportunities just being introduced to the market.”