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Recycled plastic product competition open for entries

EPRO declared this year’s Best Recycled Plastic Product competition to find Europe’s best recycled plastic product open.

Since its launch in 2009 the competition has witnessed a growing number of entries and an increased range of applications for recycled plastic.

This year’s competition seeks to reach a wider audience and will recognize two new awards. Awards will be made for the first, second and third place with a new special award going to the best plastic recycled product from the IdentiPlast hosting country, which this year is Poland.

Also new for 2012, EPRO will be seeking consumer nominations. EPRO and the competitions supporting organizations, PlasticsEurope, EUPR, EUPC and ACR+ will be asking people to nominate their favorite product made from recycled plastic packaging via their social networking media. It is hoped that this new dimension will bring the everyday consumer closer to the competition and highlight new products that may not already have entered.

The key objective for the competition is to raise awareness of the value and versatility of used plastics packaging, the opportunity to recycle this material and to recognize it as a valuable resource.

Plastic packaging design, improved collection schemes, advances in sorting technology together with a greater range of reprocessing opportunities and applications means that the need to send many plastics to landfill is gradually decreasing.

Industry advancements have provided the capacity to sort, reprocess and recycle. The material needs to be supplied by the user, for an economical and environmental balance. Fulfilling the demand of the facilities across Europe and reducing the plastics resources going to landfill.

EPRO believe that one of the most important ways of doing this is to raise the awareness of the products made from recycled plastics packaging, in turn showcasing a wide range of recycled products, thus creating a demand and maybe an appetite for new companies to start to design and manufacture more products made from recycled plastic – promoting the cycle of plastics.

This competition also enables the industry to further demonstrate their commitment and work in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility and for the consumer to more fully understand the scope of their environmentally friendly actions.

Product Manufacturer Entry – EPRO (European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organizations) invites producers of products made from recycled plastics packaging to enter. EPRO will collect examples of the best recycled products from across Europe from now until September 20, 2012.

Your product entry will need to:

  • Contain a substantial percentage of postconsumer/postindustrial plastics (50 percent and over).
  • Be a marketable product or a product that entered the market in 2010 or later.
  • Be on the market and to have sold at least one unit.
  • Either a B2B product, or a product for the consumer market.
  • Sustainable with supporting information given on the entry form.
  • Have been produced in Europe.
  • Be made out of recycled used plastics packaging.