Frank Kuijpers, General Manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC, identifies the barriers preventing circular systems

What do you see being the greatest opportunity or barrier to plastics circularity?

The appropriate connection between plastic waste sorting and associated recycling techniques.Sabic Logo

How is innovation enabling the move toward circular systems? Which initiatives or technologies are you most excited about?

Design for circularity will be critical to further upscale the circularity of plastics. Today we have to manage plastic waste which might not bring us beyond 50% of circularity over the next three decades. When design for circularity impacts waste of the future, this might go well beyond the 50% over the next three decades.

Single use plastic must become fully circular to prevent it from ending up in the environment. That is the focus of today because plastic in the environment creates a bad feeling toward plastics which we have to help turn around.

Why is the Rethinking Materials summit an important date in your diary?

Communication on what we all can do jointly and in many cases, collaboration is essential to create tangible steps in circularity of plastics and materials.

Frank will join leaders from Canopy and Nafici Environmental Research on the panel ‘The Systemic Change Needed to Turn the Tide on Plastic Waste’ at Rethinking Materials this May 4-5. View the full agenda.