EPRO: Best Recycled Plastic Product competition opened

The European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO) recently declared this years Best Recycled Plastic Product competition to find Europe's best recycled plastic product open. Since its launch in 2009 the competition has witnessed a growing number of entries and an increased range of applications for recycled plastic. This years competition seeks to reach a wider audience and will recognise two new awards. Awards will be made for the first, second and third place with a new special award going to the best plastic recycled product from the Identiplast hosting country, which this year is Poland.

Also new for 2012, EPRO will be seeking consumer nominations. EPRO and the competitions supporting organisations, PlasticsEurope, EUPR, EUPC and ACR+ will be asking people to nominate their favourite product made from recycled plastic packaging via their social networking media. It is hoped that this new dimensionwill bring the everyday consumer closer to the competition and highlight new products that maynot already hav e entered.

The key objective for the competition is to raise awareness of the value and versatility of used plastics packaging whether it be post consumer or post industrial, the opportunity to recycle this material and to recognise it as a valuable resource, not waste. EPRO believe that one of the most important ways of doing this is to raise the awareness of the productsmade from recycled plastics packaging, in turn showcasing a wide range of recycled products, thus creating a demand and maybe an appetite for new companies to start to design and manufacture more products made from recycled plastic - promoting the cycle of plastics.

This competition also enables the industry to further demonstrate their commitment and work in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility and for the consumer to more fully understand the scope of their environmentally friendly actions.

Product Manufacturer Entry
EPRO invites producers of products made from recycled plastics packaging to enter. EPRO will collect examples of the best recycled products from across Europe from now until the 20th September 2012. Below are all the details that companies need to enter:
contain a substantial percentage of post consumer/post industrial plastics (50% and over)
be a marketable product or a product that entered the market in 2010 or later
be on the market and to have sold at least one unit
either a B2B product, or a product for the consumermarket
sustainable with supporting information given on the entry form
have been produced in Europe
be made out of recycled used plastics packaging

Companies can enter their products online at: www.epro-bestproduct.eu

They just have to complete the online entry form, enter a brief description and attach photo(s) of the product(s). The description should demonstrate each of the criteria mentioned above. They may send other, complimentary information required to present the product. A panel consisting of representatives of EPRO, PlasticsEurope, EUPR, EUPCand ACR+ from across Europe will assess the entries and proclaim a winner.

Consumer Nominated Product Entry
The winning product will be the one with the most nominations from the public. People can vote here: www.epro-bestproduct.eu

2012 Winners to be announced at Identiplast 2012
Winners will be announced at the Identiplast 2012 congress in Warsaw, November 6-7. Winners will also benefit from publicity via the EPRO website and in the PlasticsEurope publication "Plastics Facts and Figures 2012, which is distributed throughout Europe.