23. March 2022
30 years of producer-funded recovery systems to encourage recycling – a clear focus on cooperation
Wiesbaden, Germany, March 2022 – On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, RIGK will be at IFAT (the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management) in Munich from 30 May to 3 June 2022 to showcase solutions and cooperation arrangements connected with its EPR systems (extended producers´ responsibility) for used packaging and plastics. Another focus will be on the company's possibilities to develop individual recovery and recycling solutions, both at national and international level.
"Circular economy needs cooperation" is the motto RIGK will use on their stand no 316 in Hall A6 to initiate and promote interdisciplinary projects with the aim of jointly finding solutions to encourage recycling. The wide variety of possibilities that open up for this will also be shown by a number of other co-exhibitors, namely the company’s Romanian subsidiary RIGK SRL, the recycling company Sintac – RIGK's partner in Spain, the industry network and RIGK affiliate plastship, and the industry-specific recovery systems GVÖ (Gebinde-Verwertungsgesellschaft der Mineralölwirtschaft mbH) and KBS (Kreislaufsystem Blechverpackungen Stahl GmbH).
Advice on the amendment to the packaging legislation
At IFAT, these companies will give advice about the various ways in which producers can assume responsibility for the entire life cycle of their products, including the recovery and reuse/recycling, not only to satisfy their own demands but also to comply with the present and expected legal requirements. Especially regarding the amendment of the German packaging act (VerpackG), RIGK will demonstrate how participation in the EPR systems makes it easier to meet the additional obligations when handling industrial packaging, transport packaging and secondary packaging. RIGK will inform trade fair visitors about the latest developments, explain the new rules and regulations, and provide advice on their implementation.
RIGK’s Managing Director Markus Dambeck explains: "For producers or sellers of packaged industrial or trade products, the amendment to the legislation involves an information obligation, burden of proof, registration commitment and financing obligation. For many of the parties affected, this is complex and confusing. In cooperation with RIGK, the most efficient solutions for every company can be found to reliably avoid the risk of fines in implementing them.
30 years in the service of the circular economy
In 2022, RIGK marked 30 years of commitment to the safe and legally compliant recycling of packaging and plastics in the interests of sustainability and resource conservation. With its recovery systems, RIGK makes a valuable contribution in the battle against climate change. The spectrum ranges from packaging and plastics from industry, agriculture, and commerce to the recovery of unusable crop protection agents and chemicals in the agricultural sector.
Dambeck continues: "In future, too, RIGK will invest its innovative strength and know-how in the development of ever more efficient solutions. The focus will continue to be on the recovery, reuse and recycling of packaging and plastics in order to close material life cycles and conserve resources. We are in constant dialogue with representatives from politics, industry, and research, and we participate in national and international networks because we know that our actions today will determine the world of tomorrow. We look forward to many interesting discussions and new ideas."
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