Environmental Issues Highlighted at Interplas 2017
Interplas Exhibition Well Supported by Plastics Industry
On the morning of day 2 of the Interplas 2017 exhibition (26th – 28th September, NEC, Birmingham, UK), BBC Radio 5 Live featured a news item reporting that UK pub operator, JD Weatherspoon, had decided to stop using plastic straws. This announcement highlighted the challenges facing the plastics sector.
Interplas 2017 is the UK’s premier show for the plastics sector and proved to be a great success. As experienced at many UK trade exhibitions, the footfall was not as seen at shows in the USA, Germany or other European countries, but the visitors to the Bunting stand had specific metal contamination issues in their plastics production process that needed a solution.
However, plastics and their environmental impact continue to hit the headlines. Indeed, there were two large posters on the stand of the British Plastics Federation asking:
“As we supply equipment both to companies manufacturing primary plastic products and recycling plastics, we see the problem from both sides,” said Dave Hills, Bunting’s Head of Sales.
“Even when manufacturing primary plastics, it has been common and good practice for companies to recycle and reuse their plastic waste for many years. Indeed, this often necessitates the need for Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors, removing any rogue metal introduced during this recycling process.”
“However, the real challenge is collecting, processing and then producing a usable plastic product from recovered secondary plastic materials. Again, we have installed Metal Separation Systems to remove ferrous and non-ferrous metals (eg at Recapture Plastics), but there remain challenges with the end market for the final recycling-sourced plastic product.”
There appears to be a growing appetite for focusing on the issue of plastics in the environment. The implementation of charges for plastic bags by firstly the Welsh, and then the UK governments may be the first of many initiatives to reduce the use of plastic products. The latest announcement by JD Weatherspoon about banning plastic straws is expected to be followed by similar announcements by other major coffee shops and food outlets.
At Interplas 2017, the vast majority of the exhibitors were focused on primary plastic production. With the ever-increasing global focus on environmental issues, we wonder how different the exhibitor and visitor make-up will be at Interplas 2020.
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