Winners will be announced at PRSE in Amsterdam on 11 May

Shortlisted finalists in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2023 were announced earlier today in a livestream event. The winners of the seven awards will be announced on 11 May, the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe at the RAI Amsterdam, where all 47 finalists will be showcased.

“Congratulations to all our finalists. The diversity of projects and products shortlisted today demonstrates the impressive progress we’ve seen in the circular and sustainable use of plastics in the six years since the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe were founded,” said Matt Barber, Global Events Director at PRSE organiser Crain Communications. “The judges are going to have a hard task choosing our winners this year.”

“These awards reflect the deepening collaboration we see throughout the whole plastics value chain including brand owners, packaging designers, raw material producers and equipment manufacturers,” said Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe. “All of the shortlisted products and projects are made in Europe and every product contains a minimum of 50% recycled plastics.”

Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2023 Finalists:

Automotive, Electrical or Electronic Product of the Year – plastic parts used in automotive and electrical products incorporating recycled material:

  • 700 GreenZone MaxiSpace fridge freezer by Electrolux and Coolrec
  • Nescafé Dolce Gusto NEO N1 coffee machine by Néstle, Free The Sea and WIK Group
  • PlasticLoop – Audi Q8 e-tron seat belt buckle cover by LyondellBasell, AUDI AG and SynCycle
  • Visible Interior Trim Parts on Ford MCV (Ford Transit) and HCV (Ford Trucks) Vehicles by Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş
  • Italian supercar Shuttle Tray by Next Design Innovation SRL

Building & Construction Product of the Year – interior and exterior construction products of all types:

  • CL-Recy Double Venti animal housing divider by Paneltim nv
  • ECO2CASE delivery case by Benvic, Next Pool & CJ Plast
  • Recycled nestable pallet by AION
  • Ridgidrain drainage pipe by Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation

Household & Leisure Product of the Year – covering all types of domestic and leisure goods with recycled content:

  • 4-piece potato planter by Jelenia Plast Sp. z o.o.
  • Eco Meplen CX M12 for Bokashi Organko Essential airtight bin for organic waste fermentation by MEPOL S.R.L. and Plastika Skaza d.o.o.
  • Eco Meplen CX M12 for Organko Daily bin for organic waste collection by MEPOL S.R.L. and Plastika Skaza d.o.o
  • Gardena Eco Line garden tools by Husqvarna Group
  • HÅG Celi stackable chair by Flokk
  • Playmobil Wiltopia toy range by Coolrec Plastics bv

Plastic Packaging Product of the Year – judged on design innovation with recycled content and design for recycling:

  • Always Pads Day & Night sanitary pads packaging by Procter & Gamble Service GmbH
  • Closed Loop Recycled Paint Containers by Berry Global
  • Collation Stretch REC60 shrink film by HIPAC SPA
  • Container for fertilizer made of recycled plastics by PreZero Polymers GmbH, Kunststoff Recycling Grünstadt & Compo GmbH
  • Courier Envelope film postal packaging by Ela Wyrób Folii i Opakowań & Inpost
  • Duck Ecoline MTBC cleaning product bottle by SC Johnson
  • Eludril Pro 500ml mouthwash bottle by Bormioli Pharma & Pierre Fabre
  • Magnum Optimum® 1210 CircuLine® crate by Schoeller Allibert
  • The Corona 20-pocket beer bottle crate made from maritime plastics by Schoeller Allibert & Anheuser-Busch Inbev

Product Technology Innovation of the Year – improving recyclability of plastic products or incorporating recycled materials in product production:

  • GASTOP-Flex™ vapour barrier masterbatch by Ampacet
  • Recycling of monomaterial shoe by Arkema in partnership with ON Running
  • Avient Color Prediction Service by Avient Corporation
  • CESA NOX A4R – Additive for Recycling by Avient Corporation
  • Statera™ waste and scrap take-back programme by Mitsubishi Chemical Group – Advanced Materials Division
  • APC colorAdjust photospectrometer system  by KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH
  • Liquid State Polycondensation – P:REACT – Bottle-to-Bottle by Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH
  • recoSTAR PET art by Starlinger Recycling Technology

Recycling Machinery Innovation of the Year – increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of plastic recycling processes:

  • AMP Vortex™ AI-powered automation system for film removal and recovery by AMP Robotics
  • Inline White Filter Cleaning – hydrolysis based inline cleaning of large-area polymer filtration systems by BB Engineering GmbH
  • Two-stage process for more energy-efficient plastics recycling by ENGEL Austria GmbH
  • INTAREMA® TVEplus® DuaFil® Compact double filtration machine for post-consumer recycling by EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H.
  • Greyparrot AI waste analytics platform by Greyparrot
  • Recycling of electroplated sanitary parts by Hansgrohe SE & ImpulsTec GmbH
  • Plascompact CS2000 mechanical dryer by Plasmaq
  • Wear protection for WEIMA plastic shredders by WEIMA Maschinenbau GmbH
  • AirLift move for the separation of light & heavy fractions by Westeria GmbH

Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year – individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to European plastics recycling:

  • Amaya Rodríguez Sola, CEO and Cofounder, Gravity Wave
  • Manfred Hackl, CEO, EREMA Group GmbH
  • Nico Van de Walle, Product & Circular Economy Manager, Verstraete/MCC
  • Professor Edward Kosior, Founder & CEO, Nextek Limited
  • Raffi Schieir, Director, Bantam Materials Ltd.
  • Vítor Branco, Project Manager, Tampinhas Project

The expert judging panel for the Plastics Recycling Awards 2023 includes the three previous winners of the Ambassador Award: Mik Van Gaever, Chief Operating Officer of Fost Plus; Flor Peña Herron, Senior Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager EMEA at Avery Dennison and Kim Ragaert, Professor in Circular Plastics at Maastricht University. They are joined by Ton Emans, President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE); Karen Laird, Editor of Sustainable Plastics and Rune Thoralfsson, Owner and Director Norfolier GreenTec AS.

The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe are organised jointly by Plastics Recyclers Europe and Crain Communications, organisers of PRSE. FIMIC SRL and EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen GmbH are platinum sponsors of the 2023 Awards.

The Plastics Recycling Show Europe is a free-to-attend exhibition and a conference designed specifically for plastics recycling professionals. It brings together key players from the plastics and recycling sectors to showcase innovative technology, share best practice, network and do business. A broad cross-section of the industry is represented at the event including plastics recycling machinery and equipment suppliers, plastic material suppliers and compounders, pre-processors, mechanical and chemical plastics recyclers, waste management specialists and industry associations.