The PREVENT Waste Alliance networks at K 2019

Düsseldorf • 18. October 2019 19. October 2019

The PREVENT Waste Alliance networks at K 2019

The K trade fair in Düsseldorf is considered the world’s leading trade fair for plastics and took place from 19 to 23 of October this year. K recorded 225,000 visitors during its eight show days and offered a platform to around 3,300 exhibitors to present their products and services. This year a special focus was given to “Circular Economy – Plastics shape the future”. A good reason for us to be there!

Our participation in the VDMA Circular Economy Forum

In line with K’s pioneering motto, the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) organised a Circular Economy Forum, in which discussions and talks on the subject took place and best-practice examples were exchanged. Nicole Bendsen, coordinator of the PREVENT secretariat, presented the Alliance to about 40 international listeners. In addition, the expert audience was able to gain first insights into the results of working groups 1 and 2: Henning Wilts of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy spoke about the success factors for the prevention of plastic packaging waste, which he concluded from the analysis of 24 best practice examples; Andreas Mäurer from Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV presented options for the use of recycled plastics and stressed the importance of self-sustaining business models; Christina Jäger from Grameen Creative Lab complemented the talk with her presentation on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Toolbox, which intends to give decision-makers and implementers orientation when setting up EPR systems. The talk awoke the interest of the audience and ended with lively bilateral exchanges. The presented studies will soon be published here on the PREVENT website!

International visit at our evening event

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) took the opportunity to meet various international representatives of the plastics and recycling industry in Düsseldorf and organised an evening event with delegations from Brazil, several African countries, Thailand and various PREVENT members. Despite a long day at the K, more than 60 participants accepted the invitation to get to know each other informally, to exchange ideas and to network. Short presentations were also part of the evening programme. Marcel Grella, policy advisor of the Division Water, Urban Development and Mobility at BMZ, introduced the PREVENT Waste Alliance. In the presentation of the “Rede de Cooperacao para o plastico” (Plastic Cooperation Network) by Ricardo Hajaj of abiplast, it became clear that similar approaches to those of PREVENT are being pursued in Brazil. In addition, Florian Mikulasch from VDMA gave an input on the relevance of plastics recycling and Tanja Völker and Julia Körner presented BMZ’s develoPPP instrument, which fosters the involvement of the private sector in development policy initiatives.

In summary, the networking event can be described as “a complete success”, which provided a platform for identifying cooperation opportunities. “Today I met a recycler from Brazil. Let’s see how we can work together,” says Mr. Mäurer from Fraunhofer IVV. We are excited!

PREVENT at the special show “Plastics shape the future” by PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V.

In the session “Plastics between circular economy and marine litter”, globally active initiatives such as STOP, Clean River and Ozeankind were introduced at the PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. special show “Plastics shape the future”. The PREVENT Waste Alliance was presented by Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Water, Urban Development and Mobility at BMZ. “The overall message was that sensitising people to adequate waste management and to promote the recycling of plastic waste can only work in a joint effort” (

The K trade fair clearly demonstrated that circular economy has become an indispensable part of the plastics industry. In the PREVENT Waste Alliance, we want to use this momentum to harmonise and implement the commitments of the plastics industry with the scientific findings and innovations from academic research, the standards of civil society and the political framework conditions.


Photos: GIZ