Circular Economy Lab 8: The Value of Plastics

“How can we turn plastic waste into a valuable recycling stream and increase the use of recycled plastic as raw material for products and packaging?”

This was central question in the Circular Economy Lab on the value of plastics organized by Jacqueline Cramer, director of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute in cooperation with the Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics Industry and PlasticsEurope. The lab took place on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at the University of Utrecht.

Chain Collaboration for the value of plastics

A panel discussed the possibilities for increasing the use of recycled plastics in products and packaging. On the panel: Eelco Smit (Director Sustainability Philips), Gerard Nijssen (Nijssen Recycling), Mary Westerbos (Plastic Soup Foundation) and Siem Haffmans (Partners for Innovation).

They argued that this will only work if all parties cooperate well. From the design of products and packaging, to improving collection and recycling, to effective application of recycled plastics in high quality products. In this way, we can avoid plastics to become part of the plastic soup.