2022 Highlights

Plastic Waste Free World 2023 is the largest international event dedicated to discussing materials innovations, technologies and circular economy solutions, to create a world FREE from waste plastic

Plastic Waste Free World Conference & Expo has rapidly become the must-attend international conference and exhibition for any company looking for new technologies, materials, and solutions to help realize their plastic waste targets and source the latest innovations driving the new circular economy.

The event presents an unbiased opportunity to explore and discuss this highly complex issue with world-leading experts from a number of different industries, and to offer a wide range of new technologies, materials and business practises that will have a positive impact in reducing global plastic pollution, as well as increasing the sustainability of your products. The event attracts 4,000+ attendees from the entire supply chain including major manufacturers, brand owners, retailers, materials experts, circular economy experts, government organizations, NGOs, the recycling industry, and the plastics sector to engage in discussions that will help reduce waste plastic in the environment.

In 2023 the event will take place in-person at Koelnmesse, 8-9 November 2023 and will be held alongside The Greener Manufacturing Show. As well as targeted conference streams, Plastic Waste Free World will now include a free-to-attend exhibition featuring 250+ companies leading the way forward in producing new materials, packaging solutions, manufacturing technologies, and new ways to use plastic waste as a valuable manufacturing resource for a wide range of industries and applications.

With ever-evolving regulations on single-use plastics and increasing global urgency to find new solutions that will address the global plastic waste challenge – particularly in light of 2020’s pandemic perhaps delaying or derailing many sustainability goals and objectives – this is your opportunity to get back on track and connect and exchange the latest innovations to enact meaningful change.

Returning in 2023 as a face-to-face physical meeting in Cologne, with more expert speakers, more topics covered, more exhibitors – even more reasons to be a part of the world’s most influential international conference and exhibition for companies looking for technical, manufacturing and materials innovations to help reduce their global plastic footprints.



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What’s on in 2023?

Interested In Exhibiting?

The Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to grow your network and build new relationships with other sustainability professionals looking to address the global plastic waste crisis.

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Over 400 companies are participating in the exhibition and entry to the exhibit hall is free. Register below and get your free Exhibition Pass.

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3 Focused Conference Streams + Attractive Delegate Package

More Than 130 Speakers

More Than 500 Attendees

3 Focused Conference Streams For 2023

Consumer Goods & Retail Packaging

Reducing Manufacturing Emissions

Sustainable Materials and Chemicals

A Holistic Approach to Tackling Plastic Waste and Creating a Circular Economy

Topics Under Discussion Will Include:

  • Eliminating single-use plastics throughout the supply chain
  • Government regulations
  • Reducing unnecessary plastics
  • How to go plastic-free
  • Improving recyclability of products and packaging
  • Bio-based materials
  • Marine/aquatic clean-up technologies
  • Chemical recycling and waste-to-X
  • Blockchain
  • Best practice in deposit refund schemes
  • Biocomposites
  • Bio-based feedstocks
  • Sustainable materials
  • Environmentally friendly fibres
  • Plastic substitutes
  • Biodegradability testing
  • Compostability testing
  • Recyclability testing
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Microplastics
  • The business case for sustainable products
  • Opportunities from capturing the material value of plastics
  • Upcycling
  • Bioplastics
  • Increased use of recycled materials
  • New manufacturing solutions
  • 100% biodegradable polymers
  • Circular economy principles to address plastic pollution
  • International perspectives on plastic waste management
  • Industry 4.0 and the waste sector
  • Big Data and data visualization
  • Artificial intelligence, robotics and automated learning in waste recycling

and more…

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