Organized by the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations (epro) and RIGK GmbH, the 2nd International Recycling Forum will take place in Wiesbande, Germany from April 26-28 with a focus on agricultural plastics.
Opening the forum will be a keynote speech by Professor Helmut Maurer of the European Commission, followed by presentations on collection and recycling in this sector, including a look at the situation in certain emerging and developing nations, as well as by thematic blocks on collection systems, technological developments, motives and incentives for recycling agricultural plastics and on current trends in the sector.
"Growing demand for foodstuffs from the world's population means we must always be striving to improve efficiency in growing animal feed and field crops. Plastics products such as agricultural films, netting and yarns, irrigation systems, packaging for plant protection products and fertilizers or hygiene products have a valuable contribution to make here," said Jan Bauer of RIGK.
"Taking action to conserve resources and ensure sustainable business practices is a global obligation. So all players must aim to organize that as much used agricultural plastic as possible is taken back and safely recovered, exploiting the significant potential for recycling of these materials."
The inaugural International Recycling Forum was held in autumn 2015, which attracted around 120 participants from 22 countries and regions.