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 more than 20 presentations.
The Conference will have 4 separate sessions during the week from Monday 16th to Friday
20th November 2020.
The first Session will be on Monday evening 16th November and will feature 6 speakers
mainly from Europe including an update by Juliet Lennon from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
and the latest news on plastics recycling technology from Nextek by Professor Edward
The second Session will be on Tuesday morning 17th November with 4 speakers. This morning session will commence with a Keynote address by the CEO of APCO, Brooke
Donnelly, and will include a presentation by The Alliance to End Plastic Waste represented
by its CEO, Jacob Duer.
The third Session will be on Thursday morning 19th November with 5 speakers and will focus on advances by the recycling industry in Australia. This Session will include Vik Bansal, the CEO of Cleanaway, and others are: Andrew Smith from the PACT Group, David Francis from Qenos and Mitchell Killeen from LyondellBasell.
The fourth Session will be on Friday morning 20th November and will feature 5 speakers from the USA including Steve Alexander, the CEO of the Association of Plastics Recyclers, and the global President of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Jaime Gomez.
In this COVID-19 year, we have all had to change the way we work and work together. With
supply chains being reviewed, we have an excellent opportunity to re-shape the industry in
Australia and speed up the transformation to the Circular Economy, so we encourage you to
make your contribution and be a part of this Conference.
Monday evening 16th November from 7 pm to 10 pm
- Technology and Equipment – Moderator – SPEANZ - Han Michel – President
Erema, Austria - Fritz Wimmer - Sales APAC
Nextek, UK and Australia - Professor Edward Kosior - CEO
Tangaroa Blue, Australia – Heidi Tait – CEO and Co-founder
PRE, Belgium, “LDPE films recycling” - Ton Emans - President, Plastics Recyclers Europe
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UK - Juliet Lennon - Project Manager, Plastics Pact, The New Plastics Economy
LyondellBasell, The Netherlands, for JV LYB/Suez on Quality Circular Polymers - Paula Sanabria – Project Manager Circular Economy, Global Sustainability
Tuesday morning 17th November from 10 am to 12.30 pm
- Australia impact – Moderator - Kevin Thomson – SPEANZ – Chair Corporate Affairs
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation - Brooke Donnelly - CEO
Australian Council of Recyclers - Pete Shmigel - CEO
Alliance to End Plastics Waste, Singapore - Jacob Duer - CEO
Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association - Gayle Sloan - CEO
Thursday morning 19th November from 10 am to 12.30 pm
- Local supply chain – Moderator – Steve Petinakis – SPEANZ – Member Committee of
Cleanaway - Vik Bansal - CEO
LyondellBasell Australia - Mitchell Killeen - Managing Director
Qenos - David Francis - Marketing and Technology Manager
PACT Group - Andrew Smith - General Manager Sustainability Services
Visy rPlastics Australia - Rob Dvorak - Manager Recycling Plant
Friday morning 20th November from 8.30 am to 11.00 am
- Americas – Moderator – Craig Benson – SPEANZ – Councillor
Gneuss, USA and Germany - Daniel Gneuss - CEO Americas
Society of Plastics Engineers, USA - Dr Jaime Gomez - President
Association Plastic Recyclers, USA - Steve Alexander - CEO
Extended Producer Responsibility, California, USA - TBN
Illig ILP North America, Conor Carlin, Managing Director and SPE - VP Sustainability
For more information on the program, please contact: Han Michel, mobile 0416 168 255, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall technical coordination of the webinar by Hamed Ghajarnia, mobile 0410 816 075, email: email@example.com
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.