Recycling Conference on the Chinaplas
Circular Economy also in Focus at Asia's Most Important Plastics Trade Fair
Chinaplas, the Asia’s No. 1 plastics and rubber trade fair, this year highlights circular economy. Similarly, one year before its launch, K 2019 had already identified recycling management, resource conservation and digitalization as important topics.
Big Names from West and East Rely on Recycled Plastics
The organizers of Chinaplas have stated that there is worldwide agreement that the circular economy must be promoted. The development towards more sustainability is an important Chinese strategy in economic and social development.
The modeling of big brands has massive influence on the implementation of circular economy, and more and more big names have announced their environmental protection policies of recycling. In 2017, Adidas sold 1 million pairs of running shoes made of ocean plastic waste. It plans to stop using new plastics by 2024 when only recycled plastics will be used as raw materials.
Kraft Heinz announced that by 2025, 100% of their packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. Leading companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Volvo, Ikea, Nike, and H&M have also announced plans to use recycled plastics.
Meanwhile, Gree Electric Appliances, a home appliance giant, has also invested heavily in setting up a renewable resource company to engage in the recycling and dismantling of used electrical and electronic products, realizing an ecological cycle of the home appliance industry chain.
Plastic Waste Recycling
The core of circular economy is the efficient use and recycling of resources, and plastic waste recycling is an indispensable part. It is predicted that by 2025, China, one of the world's largest waste plastics recycling countries, will produce urban solid waste amounting to nearly a quarter of the world's total. By improving the recycling rate of waste plastics, the development of a circular economy can be greatly promoted.
According to statistics, waste plastics imported into China amounted to 7.3 million tons in 2016. Being worth 3.7 billion US dollars, it accounted for 56% of the world's total imports of waste plastics. In the past, the waste processing and recycling industry relied heavily on imports, lacking a complete recycling chain, while recycling rate and proportion of large-scale recycling are both low. With the implementation of the ban, it is bound to intensify the shortage of raw materials, and the recycling system of renewable resources is in urgent need of change.
Pre-Conference on Plastics Recycling
In addition to upgrading the Recycling Technology Zone, a Plastics Recycling & Circular Economy Conference will be organized on 20 May 2019, one day before Chinaplas (see Fig. 3). The entire industry chain, from policies and regulations, through recycling technologies to back-end innovative applications, will be analyzed and explained in depth and thoroughly by experts in the industry. Industrial trends, opportunities, challenges, and solutions will also be discussed.
Chinaplas 2019 returns to China Import and Export Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou and runs from May 21 to 24, 2019. An estimated total of more than 3,500 industrial leaders from around the world will be showcasing their products and solutions in over 250,000 square meters of exhibition space to at least 180,000 professional visitors from 150 countries and regions.
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