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Plasticity Forum heads to Sydney

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, the ninth global Plasticity Forum will be held at the Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Experts from around the world will gather to discuss ideas on innovation, sustainability and business successes driving new plastics circular economies.

The only global conference focused solely on plastic sustainability, a key area of discussion will be Australasia’s recycling efforts, which are under threat from China’s new “National Sword” policy that is disrupting the region’s plastic scrap marketplace. Rather than focusing on the doom, this situation offers opportunities for existing and new businesses across a range of industries, according to the show’s organizer.

Speakers taking part in the “Ted Talk-style” forum include Steve Wong, founder and managing director of Fukutomi Co. Ltd. and a top player in the international plastic scrap market; Nev Hyman, founder and chairman of NevHouse, which provides affordable housing solutions using recycled materials; Stuart Clark, CEO of Foy Group, an Australian company with patented technology to convert end-of-life, non-recyclable plastics to road-ready fuel.

Other presenters include Phill White, co-founder of Circular Economy and creator of Blockcycle, a blockchain platform with partner Coca-Cola; Rob Dvorak, plant manager of Visy Plastics, one of the leading recycling facilities that recycles PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles into food-contant-grade pellets; and Dr. Karen Raubenheimer, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, who is assessing the effectiveness of relevant international, regional and subregional governance strategies and approaches.

Further speakers will be announced in advance of the event.

» Publication Date: 05/10/2017

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