PETCO, the PET Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd, will be hosting the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisation (EPRO) for their first General Meeting to take place on African soil in Cape Town on the 20th of November.
In order to maximize the opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices with regards to waste management, recycling, the green economy and packaging initiatives, a global colloquium with leaders in the recycling and waste management industries will take place on Thursday, 21 November 2013.
The colloquium titled “Global Partnerships for a Sustainable Recycling Sector: Sharing. Dialogue. Action” will see 15 international speakers paired with 15 local industry leaders sharing their views on the waste management and recycling economy, trends, legislative tools, technical innovation and more.
According to Cheri Scholtz, CEO of PETCO, EPRO is an association of the national organisations charged with organising and promoting recycling and recovery of plastics throughout Europe. PETCO is an Associate Member of EPRO and the only African country represented. PETCO is also a member of the Global Alliance for Recycling and Sustainable Development (GARSD) – an alliance of countries including Mexico, Thailand, Uruguay, Brazil and Colombia promoting sustainable waste management in developing countries.
Exchanging ideas & innovation
“Both platforms are important portals for the exchange of ideas, innovation and learning for South Africa. Our association with these international bodies affords us the opportunity to learn from international best practices, as well as have a say on decisions that could ultimately impact global markets, legislation and trends, decisions that have a direct influence on the future of recycling and waste management here at the southern tip of Africa, where we have our own unique set of challenges”, Cheri says.
“It is unlikely that we will ever again have so many international experts on our shores at the same time,” Cheri says. To this end, PETCO is inviting all industry partners and other interested parties to attend the full-day conference that will be taking place at The Pavillion, V&A Waterfront, on Thursday 21 November 2013.
The conference enjoys the support of the South Africa’s Recovery Action Group (RAG) members, whose members include Collect-a-Can, The Glass Recycling Company, Hulamin Limited, Packaging Council of South Africa, Paper Recycling Association of South Africa, PETCO, PlasticsISA, Polyco, the SA Plastics Recycling Organisation and the Polystyrene Council.
“We are hoping to see representatives of national and provincial government, municipalities and local authorities, waste management companies, collectors, sustainability practitioners, brand owners, retailers and packaging designers, NGO’s, cooperatives, industry associations, academics and their students participate in discussions and share ideas, as well as make use of the opportunity to network and pose their questions during two debates that have been included in the programme,” Cheri says.
The following themes will be addressed from a European, American or African perspective and a South African point of view:
- Instruments for an enabling environment, aimed at enhancing co-operation with other countries, developing a well-coordinated global framework;
- Key instruments and actions to boost recovery of packaging waste, looking beyond the targets, unpacking barriers and investigating opportunities to boost recovery;
- Making recycling a bankable sector, analysing what it takes to make recycling and collection work;
- The use and recycling of plastics in the agricultural sector;
- Sustainability and advocacy across borders and the opportunities for global stakeholders; and
- Technological innovation and advances, pushing the boundaries and encouraging closed loop systems and other future trends.
The colloquium will kick off with a video address from Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner on the Environment, and be followed by presentations by local and international speakers who will be able to give a balanced and insightful overview on how to overcome the challenges and maximise the opportunities, including:
- Peter Sundt, Secretary General of EPRO
- Francis Huysman, Chairman of EPRO
- Dr Martin Engelmann, PlasticsEurope
- Tristan Brunin, Valorplast (France)
- An Vossen, Plarebel (Belgium)
- Linda Godfrey, CSIR (South Africa’s Representative on the EU Global Partnership on Waste Management)
- Cherian Thomas, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
- Mark Swilling , Sustainability Institute, University of Stellenbosch
- Rustim Keeran, Solid Waste Management, City of Cape Town
In order for the European contingent to learn more about initiatives taking place in South Africa, various exhibitions will be on display by local companies who are involved in recycling, waste management and plastic packaging.
Sufficient time has also been worked into the programme for networking opportunities between the delegates, whilst EPRO’s visit to South Africa will conclude on Friday, 22 November 2013 with a half-day technical tour to a local recycling plant, wash plant and production facilities as well as other sustainable built environment projects and cultural tours.
Concludes Cheri: “We look forward to a conference that will see global thought leaders meet and interact with their South African counterparts for a time of joint learning, sharing and inspiring each other to action that will cause a ripple effect around the world for generations to come…..in line with our colloquium tagline SHARING, DIALOGUE, ACTION”.
Registration and ticket prices:
- Early bird rate for attendance at the full-day conference is R1 450.00 (excluding VAT) per delegate and includes coffee and tea breaks, lunch and a post-event cocktail function.
- This special extends to 31 August as well as for groups bookings of 3 delegates or more from the same company or institution.
- Full delegate fee is R1 750 (excluding VAT) from 1 September onwards.
- Please note that no payment will be accepted at the door or on the day.
- Special arrangements for students to attend need to be made with the organisers ahead of time.
- Space is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first paid basis.
Sponsorship, speakers and other partnership opportunities
For more information about the conference or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact the conference organisers: lisa. firstname.lastname@example.org or Monique@Aimmarketing.co.za. Telephonic enquiries can be made to (021) 531-0313.
Cheri Scholtz, CEO of plastic recycling company Petco.