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Plastics and the Circular Economy –The Virtual Edition

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

The Annual Plastics and Waste Conference organised by the Australia-New Zealand Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers will be run as a series of webinars under the title of “Plastics and the Circular Economy – The Virtual Edition” and will feature 19 presentations. The Conference will have 4 separate sessions during the week from Monday 16th to Friday 20th November 2020.


Monday evening, 16th November, from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm

Technology and Equipment – Moderator – SPE ANZ – Han Michel - President

7.00 pm

Efficiency in Pelletising Post Consumer Plastic Waste – New opportunities and current product innovations: PE & PET food grade recycling in the focus

Fritz Wimmer, Erema, Austria

7.30 pm

Real Design for Recycling

Professor Edward Kosior, Nextek, UK and Australia

8.00 pm

Operation Clean Sweep – capturing plastics in the supply chain

Heidi Tait, Tangaroa Blue, Proserpine, Queensland

8.30 pm

LDPE recycling in Europe

Ton Emans, President, Plastics Recyclers Europe, Belgium

9.00 pm

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and Local Level Action in Plastics Pacts Around the World to Address Plastics Waste and Pollution at Its Source

Juliet Lennon, Project Manager, Plastics Pact, New Plastics Economy, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK

9.30 pm

Advancing the Circular Economy: Strategic partnership between LyondellBasell and Suez with Quality Circular Polymers

Paula Sanabria, Project Manager Circular Economy, Global Sustainability, LyondellBasell, The Netherlands

Tuesday Morning, 17th November from 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon

Australian Impact – Moderator – Dr Kevin Thomson – SPE ANZ – Chair Corporate Affairs

10.00 am

Keynote Presentation – How 2025 Targets are Driving a Circular Economy for Plastics in Australia

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Sydney, NSW

10.30 am

Presentation – Current Drivers and Barriers in Public Policy to Improved Plastics Recovery

Pete Shmigel, CEO Australian Council of Recyclers, Sydney, NSW

11.00 am

Presentation – Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Justin Wood, Vice-President, Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Singapore

11.30 am

Plastic Revolution to reality – halving Australia’s plastic litter

Katinka Day, World Wildlife Fund, Ultimo, NSW

Thursday morning 19th November from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

Local supply chain – Moderator – Dr Steve Petinakis – SPEANZ – Member Committee of Management

10.00 am

Presentation – Waste Value Chain Extension and Plastics

Vik Bansal, CEO and Managing Director, Cleanaway, Chatswood, NSW

10.30 am

LyondellBasell Australia Circular Programs

Mitchell Killeen, Managing Director, LyondellBasell Australia, South Yarra, Vic

11.00 am

Chemical Recycling of Waste Plastics

David Francis, Marketing and Technology Manager, Qenos, Altona, Vic

11.30 am

Presentation - Building Recycling Capability at Scale

Andrew Smith, Executive General Manager, Astron Sustainability, Cheltenham, Vic

Friday morning 20th November from 8.30 am to 11.00 am

Americas – Moderator – Dr Craig Benson – SPEANZ – Councillor

8.30 am

New solutions for demanding recycling processes: Decontamination and Deodorization of Polymers

Daniel Gneuss, President of Gneuss Inc (USA) and Managing Partner, Gneuss GmbH

9.00 am

Contributions of the SPE to the Plastics Industry

Dr Jaime Gomez, President, Society of Plastics Engineers, USA

9.30 am

Presentation – Plastics Recycling Industry Efforts to Boost the Circular Economy

Steve Alexander, CEO, Association Plastic Recyclers, USA

10.00 am

Plastics Recycling Legislation: The California Experience

Angela Vincent, CalRecycle, California, USA

10.30 am

One Man’s Rubbish

Conor Carlin, Managing Director, Illig ILP North America - and SPE USA, Vice President Sustainability

For the complete program see below or our local website:

For more information on the program, please contact: Han Michel, mobile 0416 168 255, email:

Overall technical coordination of the webinar by Hamed Ghajarnia, mobile 0410 816 075, email:

General remarks

The SPE: A-NZ Section retains the right to alter and/or substitute components to the event or

program as deemed appropriate. The information which we supply in relation to the event is

accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of providing this information.

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