Peter Sundt, General Secretary of EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling & Recovery Organisations, sums it up when he says that he sees international cooperation as being key to the success of recycling. "Dialogue within the sector is vital. This event is a demonstration of optimistic, innovative thinking, which is just what we need if we are to close the raw materials loop in Europe and indeed worldwide. Countries such as Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are already part of our network and are using our tried and trusted methods. Environmental protection has both global and local aspects. It's not enough to clean up beaches or collect rubbish from our streets. When it comes to the circular economy, we are all of us responsible for the whole world."