Plastics Recycling Awards Europe is returning to RAI, Amsterdam in April 2019 with an expanded category of awards, according to organisers.
The awards were launched this April during the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) and included five categories. Next year, the awards ceremony, which will be held on 10 April, after the first day of PRSE, will mark achievements in eight categories.
Open to organisations and individuals across Europe who are involved in the recycling of plastic materials, the awards and PRSE are organised jointly by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and PNE publisher Crain Communications.
The eight different categories for the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 are:
- Plastics Recycling Product Technology Innovation of the Year
- Plastics Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year
- Recycled Plastic Packaging Product of the Year
- Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year
- Building & Construction Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
- Household & Leisure Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
- Automotive Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
- Electrical & Electronic Recycled Plastic Product of the Year
Product designers, design engineers, plastics processors, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and suppliers of recycled plastic products are all invited to enter.
Entries for the awards will open later this month and close by 23 Nov. Finalists will be announced in January 2019.
“The launch of the awards demonstrated that number of brands are confident about using recycled plastic in their products, which in its quality is comparable to the virgin one,” said Ton Emans, PRE president.
“With the second edition, we want to show that there is a myriad of applications in which recycled plastics are and can be used. It is important to show that secondary materials are used not only in niche applications, but are perfect for products of everyday use,” he added.
According to Matt Barber, event director of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe the “very high number of entries" and the "outstanding quality" of finalists and winners in 2018 and were the reason behind expanding the award categories for the coming year.
“It is also the right time to give the awards ceremony a fitting stage of its own, so for 2019 the winners will be announced at a spectacular gala dinner,” Barber added.
The PRSE is a pan-European, free-to-attend exhibition and a conference for plastics recycling. The event will be held 10-11 April 2019 at the RAI, Amsterdam.