The 11th edition of GPCA PlastiCon will be held under the theme ‘Circular Economy: The New Engine for Value Creation’. This year’s conference will take place from 18-19 March 2020 at the Park Hyatt Dubai, UAE. Leading polymer producers, brand owners, regulators, plastic processors, manufacturers and technology providers will share their inspiring experiences and expertise in innovation and recycling to promote a circular economy within the plastics industry.

The program this year will look to answer key questions:

How do we create an effective after-use plastics economy?

How will innovation ensure improvements in end-of-life recyclability and high performance of recycled material?

How do we prevent leakage of plastics and ensure increased reusability and inclusion of recycled content?

How can value chain collaboration accelerate the development of a circular economy within the GCC?

THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE

Plastics play an integral part in everyday human life. With an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic waste landing in the oceans, each year, as marine litter, a valuable resource is lost and negatively impacts the environment. This is creating an urgent need to change our mindset from the existing linear take-make-dispose model and shift towards a closed loop reusability and recycling focused model. This requires a systemic transformation where all waste is viewed as a valuable resource and its value is captured within the economy. This can be achieved on the back of innovation through collaboration along the value chain.

With the ban on certain plastic applications in some jurisdictions and an increased focus on recycling, there is a growing threat to the virgin polymers industry. This is encouraging plastic producers, refiners, and waste management companies to shift their business models and find new and innovative ways to achieve a global economy where plastics are never wasted. Although collection and sorting remain the most challenging aspects to achieve a circular economy, new technologies such as chemical recycling are aiming to ease the process. At the same time, increased collection of high-quality secondary materials and design for recycling should be given utmost importance. The regional industry is embracing various initiatives to support this reformation, such as through the establishment of value parks which will lead to job creation, export growth and further value addition within the downstream industry.