Member since: 08/2019

Active in: WG1, WG2

www.cirplus.com

cirplus GmbH

The Hamburg start-up cirplus has created a digital platform that makes trading in recycled plastics as efficient and simple as possible. On the platform of cirplus, plastics processors and recycling companies can network and trade in recycled plastics - from bales to regranulate or recyclate. The software is aimed at companies along the entire plastics processing chain. We standardize recyclates and create transparency about quantities and qualities available worldwide (spot and contract quantities). In short: cirplus offers you purchasing and sales in digital form. Created as part of Entrepreneur First's Talent Accelerator Program, cirplus is the independent software service provider for the entire plastics and recycling industry. The founders of cirplus, Christian Schiller and Volkan Bilici, have set themselves the goal of reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment to zero.

cirplus supports the PREVENT Alliance’s aim of keeping valuable resources in circulation for longer. To reach the goal of 100% circular plastics, plastic processors and recycling companies need to work together at national and international level. Compounders from central Germany will need to cooperate with recycling companies from Spain and converters from the Czech Republic. By digitalising the whole supply chain, we are reducing the transaction costs associated with greater use of recyclables, which creates incentives for more and better recycling worldwide. After all, no-one deliberately throws away something of value, wherever they are in the world. Industrialised economies have a special responsibility to find and develop innovative solutions and act as a model for other countries. That’s why we think our objectives are a perfect fit for the PREVENT Waste Alliance.

Plastic isn’t the problem – it’s the way it accumulates in our environment. Plastic is actually a valuable material that has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on our lives. But the way we handle it has to change. We have to stop huge amounts of plastic from finding their way into our oceans and our natural environment. Digitalisation will be crucial to establishing a circular economy for plastics in the future, because we can only complete the cycle if the right hand (the plastics industry) knows what the left hand (the recycling and waste disposal industries) is doing. By digitalising the plastics product cycle, cirplus is taking a giant step towards 100 per cent circular plastics – bringing dual benefits for the environment. On the one hand, cirplus’s work makes the idea of simply burning or exporting plastic, or putting it in landfill (often against regulations) much less attractive. On the other, every metric tonne of recycled plastics used comes with an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to producing the same plastic from scratch.