PRESS RELEASE “Best Recycled Product Award 2015”: EPRO is looking for most innovative use of recycled plastics The award recognises excellence and innovation in recycled plastic products from across Europe. The aim is to raise awareness and demonstrate the potential for recycled plastics whether it is postconsumer or post-industrial to be used in different applications. The key objective for the competition is to recognise used plastics as a valuable resource, not waste. The raw material used for the production of the award winning uBin waste collector is a recyclate, derived from post-consumer plastics waste. 2013 winner Manufacturing engineer Will Hayes (left) and Sally Cassels (right) bothfrom Green Warehouse receiving their award. ©gpetipas for AMS For the first time, the award winner will also receive a prize in form of product promotion support within Europe via relevant magazines. This competition 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. Who will be among the 2015 finalist? Product Manufacturer Entry – EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations, invites manufacturers of products made from recycled plastics to enter. The deadline for applications is 11th March 2015. The product needs to: o o o o contain post-consumer / post-industrial recycled plastics be available to the market from 2011 or later either be a business to business product, or a product for the consumer market have been manufactured in Europe, Canada or South Africa (countries of epro members) Entering is quick, easy and FREE at http://bestproduct.epro-plasticsrecycling.org/page/6/online-entry-form Finalists will be announced at IdentiPlast 2015 A panel consisting of representatives from across Europe will produce a short list of finalists. The winner will be presented with the award at the IdentiPlast 2015 congress in Rome, April 29-30. Winners will also benefit from publicity via the EPRO website. EPRO’s Co-Chairman Massimo Paravidino explains the idea behind the ‘Best Recycled Product’ contest: “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 plastics to landfill is disappearing. Therefore it’s key that we ensure that the consumers and industry recognise this progression and continue to sort and collect this material for recycling. One of the most important ways of doing this is to raise the awareness of the products made from recycled plastics, 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.” In 2009 EPRO started to invite manufacturers of products containing recycled plastics to participate in this annual competition. Meanwhile, the competition has seen nearly 150 entries from 25 countries and witnessed an increased range of applications for recycled plastic. Contact: Mr Eirik Oland EPRO Head of Communications [email protected] www.epro-plasticsrecycling.org Ms Claudia Hoese [email protected] EPRO, theEuropean Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (www.epro-plasticsrecycling.org), is a pan-European partnership of specialist organisations that are able to develop and deliver efficient solutions for the sustainable management of plastics waste, now and for the future. EPRO members are working to optimise national effectiveness through international co-operation: by studying successful approaches, evaluating different solutions and examining obstacles to progress. By working together EPRO members can achieve synergies that will increase efficient plastics recycling and recovery. Currently 19 organisations in 14 European countries, South Africa and Canada are represented in EPRO.