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Global demand of plastic is rising steadily and has exceeded 300 million tonnes. Since plastic products are widely used and these do not degrade under normal conditions, huge amount of waste gets generated, which upon accumulation pose serious challenges to society and environment. Keeping these factors in mind, a day-long conference will be organized at The Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, Delhi on 28th September inaugurated by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing & Urban Infrastructure.

Organized by Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment (ICPE), the event would draw senior industry professional, civic and government officials, regulators, leading recyclers and waste management organizations from across the world. The event would also provide partnership opportunities to reach out to large groups including brand owners, academia, research organizations, waste management companies, NGOs working in plastic waste management, civic officials, regulators and government officials.

Informs KG Ramanathan, President ICPE: “Plastics have become ubiquitous in our lives due to their superior functionality, lower cost and unprecedented user convenience. These are used in diverse applications in agriculture, food processing, healthcare, industry, infrastructure and household goods. Packaging is the largest segment of use of plastics. Global demand on plastic exceeded 300 million tonnes and is still increasing. Since plastic products are widely used and these do not degrade under normal conditions, huge amount of waste gets generated which has accumulated posing serious challenges. One of the best way therefore to handle plastic is to recycle it.”

Elaborating further on ways to make recycling effective, Ramanathan says: “Plastics are highly amenable to recycling but to make the process efficient, the real challenges lie in the effective collection of waste. With industries’ focus shifting from linear to circular economy, recycling is gaining major traction. There have been significant improvements in recycling technologies, both in equipment as well as in materials. The day-long conference will attempt to bring all stakeholders along the chain on a common platform to deliberate various issues related to and impacting the recycling industry.”

While the focus of the conference would be on developments in plastic recycling materials and processing technologies, it would also cover related fields like recycling machinery technology, recycling material technology, plastic waste management practices, case studies on plastics recycling, recycled products’ markets and opportunities, circular economy concept and framework, extended producers’ responsibility (EPR), present regulatory scenario and roles & responsibilities of stakeholders.

The welcome address during the conference will be followed by the Keynote Address and then the Inaugural Address to be given by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, and followed by two serious technical sessions and a panel discussion.

Some of the key participants include Thomas Berlingen (EREMA), Dr. Suneel Pandey (TERI), Dr. Ulhas Parlikar (Ex. ACC), Mr. MS Chawan (DOW), MK Banerji (EsselPropack), Amit Jain (JP Ecotex), Ashish Jain (Indian Pollution Control Association), Anjum Lakra (Founder, Major International), Tallada Bhaskar (IIP, Dehradun), besides others.

ICPE is a voluntary organization established in 1999 based on the recommendation of a task-force constituted by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India.

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