26. January 2017

EPRO nominates finalists for "Best Recycled Plastics Product Award"

The European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations, (EPRO) Best Recycled Plastic Product Award 2017 winners will be chosen and announced at IdentiPlast in Vienna (22.-23.02.2017). This prestigious award recognises innovation and sustainability in products and designs made from recycled plastics within Europe. Short listed in 2017 in the Product category are entries from the Germany, Spain and UK while the Design category includes entries from Spain and Ireland. 

Creating increased and sustained demand for recycled plastics in products is essential to improve resource efficiency and highlight the possibilities within the market place. Aspirational circular economy systems need strong and consistent demand from the consumer for more products made from recycled plastic materials and showcasing the products available across the UK and Europe helps to stimulate that demand.

Peter Sundt, EPRO, Secretary General, stated that “the EPRO award for best recycled plastic product is meant as an inspiration not only for the participants of this competition, but for everyone in society doing their little extra effort to bring us closer to a circular economy. We will then all be winners.“

The judges were impressed both the number of entries and how many of products showed long term sustainability and innovation.   All the delegates at IdentiPlast 2017 will have an opportunity to view the short-listed products and vote on the winning entry on the first day of the Conference, on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 with the award being presented at the Conference dinner. 

The short-listed entries in the Product category are;

  • Counterplas Ltd. (, UK with the Loft stilt
  • INCOPLAS sa/nv, (, Belgian, with the EUR range of bottles made from HDPE circular compound
  • Papier-Mettler KG, (, Germany with reusable bags for life made from back of store waste
  • Roofeco System SL, (www., Spain, with an engineered modular rooftile system
  • SP-Berner with the Venus outdoor furniture range

There are two short-listed entries in the Design category from;

  • Mi-bin Ltd (, Irland, the Mi-bin multifunctional intelligent bin
  • SP-Berner Plastic Group, S.L.U. (, Spain, the Miami Set self-assembly outdoor furniture

This award shows businesses and public sector organisations just some of the products that are now available to purchase across Europe with green credentials. This clearly indicates how the industry is putting into action closed loop projects which consequently tick green procurement boxes and the environmental benefits that this brings.

The 2015 EPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product winner was the HAG Capisco modular chair.

As a certified specialist company for trademark users (fillers, distributors, traders and importers), RIGK GmbH (, founded in 1992, organises the recovery of used, empty packaging and plastics from its German customers and arranges the safe and sustainable recycling of them. In addition, the company provides advice on the development of individual recovery and recycling solutions. On an international level, RIGK is represented in Romania and Chile. The Romanian subsidiary ( also undertakes the recovery and recycling of used packaging and plastics there. RIGK Chile SpA advises local industry in establishing their systems and complying with legal environmental and recycling constraints. The shareholders of RIGK GmbH are well-known manufacturers of plastics and packaging. RIGK GmbH has been a member of EPRO since 2006, where it established the working group for the recycling of agricultural plastics waste.

EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations 
(, 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.

Contact for the European Award: 
For further information, contact Anne Hitch at RECycling Of Used Plastics Limited, + 44 1733375676, or  

IdentiPlast 2017; is the13th international Conference on the Recycling and Recovery of Plastics information and registration for the event is available at

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