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New solutions for the New Plastics Economy

28 November 2018

Looking ahead with TOMRA Sorting Recycling’s Head of New Plastics Economy

TOMRA has promoted Business Development Engineer László Székely to the newly-created post of Head of New Plastics Economy. This initiative reinforces TOMRA’s commitment to the aims of the New Plastics Economy (NPE) and will steer progress towards objectives differentiated from other business development activities.

László joined TOMRA brand TITECH (later rebranded as TOMRA Sorting Recycling) in 2012 after completing studies into waste management and contaminated site treatment at the Technische Universität Dresden, in Germany. Read more here (link to PR on his appointment)

Q1: This sounds like an exciting and important new role, both for you and for TOMRA?

It is! I am delighted that my dedication and expertise have been recognised in this way. Movement towards the New Plastic Economy is so important for the wellbeing of our planet and its inhabitants. I was really excited when I joined TOMRA Sorting seven years ago, because the company is a technical pioneer and market leader, and am just as excited today about this company’s innovative spirit.

Q2: Is anyone else at TOMRA focusing on this new initiative?

Yes – at a senior level, TOMRA’s NPE work will also involve our Vice President, Jürgen Priesters, who is Head of Business Development Recycling, and Business Development Engineer Charlotte Glassneck.

Q3: What does ‘New Plastics Economy’ really mean?

The New Plastics Economy applies principles of the circular economy as stated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This vision for a better future began by stating three ambitions. These are to create an effective after-use plastics economy by improving the economics and uptake of recycling; to drastically reduce leakage of plastics into natural systems, especially the oceans; and to decouple plastics from fossil feedstocks. These aims were launched in 2016 as a three-year initiative but have gathered such momentum they will inspire action for many years.

Q4: How will TOMRA participate in this vision?

TOMRA’s New Plastics Economy team will work to encourage the sorting and recycling of post-consumer plastics such as polyolefins and styrenes, to change the widespread practice of burning these materials or sending them to landfill. TOMRA is also committed to working with packaging producers to help make packaging more widely recyclable; to reduce the reliance of packaging production on raw materials; and to contribute to the drive for upgrading post-consumer plastics, so that there is greater use of recycled rather than virgin materials. To improve the recovery rates of recyclable materials from waste – and so reduce the amount of material going to landfill or incineration - TOMRA is continually enhancing the capabilities of existing sorting technologies and introducing new solutions.

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