The European Best Recycled Plastic Product Award 2015 is now open for applications, with the winners gaining a chance to present their product at an international recycling conference in April.
The competition, hosted by the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery (EPRO), aims to recognise innovation and excellence in recycled plastic goods to help promote and increase the demand for recyclables.
EPRO points to growing calls from governments, industry and consumers to capture more plastic packaging for collection and recycling as a clear opportunity for those designing and manufacturing products made from recycled plastics to step forward and showcase their products.
Stuart Foster, chief executive of plastics industry body, RECOUP, said: “There are so many fantastic applications and products now using recycled plastic, and we need to be making much more noise about it.
“This competition enables the industry to further demonstrate its commitment and work in the area of corporate social responsibility, and help consumers to more fully understand the outcomes of their plastic recycling efforts.”
The free competition is open for both business-to-business and consumer market products that:
- Contain at least 50 per cent post-consumer/post-industrial plastics
- Are a marketable product, or a product that entered the market in 2011 or later
- Show strong sustainability credentials
- Have been produced in Europe, Canada or South Africa (EPRO member countries)
The nominated winners will be able to present their product at the international recycling conference, IdentiPlast, in Rome this April, with the final winner announced during the conference.
Last year’s winner was the UK manufactured uBin, a waste receptacle made of 100 per cent post-consumer recycled waste.
The competition is open for applications until 11 March 2015. For more information, click here.