Plastics Resources and Recycling: Circularity, The Global Perspective

Plastics Resources and Recycling: Circularity, The Global Perspective
Thursday 24 September 2020

Questions and Answers



Mike Jefferson, Consultant and Manager of EPRO
Mike is a consultant and manager of EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations.  He spent the first 17 years of his career in commercial and operations roles prior to setting up a consultancy 11 years ago.  Throughout his career he has been heavily involved in plastics collection, sorting and recycling.  He has an in depth understanding of plastic recovery and recycling supply chains across Europe and Asia and has visited a large number of plastics recycling facilities across both continents.  He has also carried out plastics related work in South America.

Professor John Fawell, Visiting Professor, WHO Plastics & Health.
John Fawell has worked on drinking-water and the environment for forty years providing advice to government and the water industry and carrying out research into a wide range of contaminants. He worked at the Water Research Centre in the UK and has been an independent consultant since 2003. He has published extensively on issues surrounding water contaminants, their regulation and control. He has been involved with the WHO Guidelines for drinking-water quality since 1986 and is a member of the expert committee for the Guidelines. He is co-author of a number of WHO reports and guidance documents. More recently he was a member of the WHO expert committee on microplastics in drinking water and has been involved in advising on new research projects on microplastics in water.

John Standish, Technical Director, The Association of Plastic Recyclers.
John Standish is the Technical Director of the Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers, known as “The APR”. The APR is the trade association that represents the post-consumer plastic recycling industry. Technical Committees within the APR are responsible for developing the APR Guide™ for Plastics Recycling, as well as Critical Guidance Testing Documents used to assess compatibility of plastics with recycling. Prior to his role with the APR, John has over 30 years’ experience working in both technology and commercial development roles for plastic and composite materials. John’s most recent technical and commercial experience includes the development of colorant, additive, and barrier technologies that are used globally in plastic packaging. John’s technical background is in polymer science and engineering.

Séamus Clancy, Chief Executive Officer, Repak Ltd.
Séamus Clancy joined Repak Ltd as Chief Executive in April 2014, with over 20 years’ industry experience as a senior executive.  Séamus holds a primary degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork and a Masters Degree in Construction Management from the University of Birmingham, UK.  He previously held roles as Chief Operating Officer of Environmental Group One51plc., Managing Director of Rilta Environmental Limited and Director of Enterprise at the Rehab Group.

Since Séamus’s joined Repak, Membership has grown by more than 1,300 (to over 3,400 at present) and has established itself as a leading advocate and educator on packaging recycling and best practice in Ireland.  With a passion for the environment, Séamus has led the development of a number of new initiatives including Repak’s Plastic Packaging Recycling Strategy 2018-2030, the launch of its consumer-facing ‘Recycle and Change for the Better’ schools programme and ‘Team Green’ campaign, and its recently launched Members’ Plastic Pledge.

Since November 2015, Séamus has also overseen the development of Ireland’s new End of Life Tyre compliance scheme, Repak ELT, which recycled 3.8m tyres in 2018, collected from over 2,600 tyre retailers and farmers in Ireland.

Helmut Schmitz, Director of Communication & Public Affairs, Der Grüne Punkt.
Helmut Schmitz works since 2013 as Director Communication / Public Affairs for “Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH“ in Berlin, Brussels and Cologne. As Head of International Communication and Director Public Affairs he was responsible in 2000 – 2013 for projects with different international stakeholder groups, especially in Europe and Asia. After finishing Albertus-Magnus-University in Cologne with a Master Degree in Biology he worked seven years as Secretary General of the Young Federal Civil Servants Association, the umbrella organisation with 45 independent associations in the German public service.

Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer, PETCO South Africa.
Currently the CEO of PETCO, Cheri Scholtz has been at the helm of  the organisation since incorporation in 2004, and has seen it grow from a small industry-based initiative to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development and extended producer responsibility, to a leading example in its field globally.
Cheri represents the PET sector on the Board of Packaging South Africa together with colleagues from all the packaging streams including glass, paper, cans, cartons and other polymers and she served on the Plastics|SA Sustainability Council as its first Chair. Recently she has been assisting with the development of voluntary PET EPR organisations in both Kenya and Ethiopia – based on the PETCO SA model; she is on the Advisory Panel of the African Marine Waste Network run under the auspices of the Sustainable Seas Trust; she represents PETCO at the SA Plastics Pact as a supporting member; and at the SA Alliance to End Plastic Waste in the Marine Environment.

Cheri also represents the PET industry at the European Recycling and Recovery Organisation (EPRO) of which PETCO is an affiliate member.Prior to PETCO, Cheri Scholtz established Co-ordinators Advertising and Public Relations, and worked on many projects across different sectors for fifteen years.


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