Chris Slijkhuis received the IERC Honorary Award
Every year, the IERC brings a member of the international recycling industry to the forefront and presents him or her with an award of recognition. The so-called Honorary Award, which used to be called the „Cowbell Award“ because of its design as a giant Swiss cowbell, went this year to Chris Slijkhuis of MGG. Following Christian Müller-Guttenbrunn in 2017, Slijkhuis is the second dignitary from the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group to receive the famous cowbell for his promotion of the European e-scrap processing sector. Specifically, the committee justified the award decision as follows: „Chris Slijkhuis receives this award in recognition of his lifetime achievements as a plastic recycling expert. He has been an active promotor of compliant solutions, with a deep understanding of all technical and legal aspects of the end processing and recovery industry. His work has made a great contribution to our society and industry, as well as to the International Electronics Recycling Congress throughout his career.
“The MGG veteran, who hails from Holland, was overwhelmed above all: „I am overwhelmed by the decision of the steering committee to choose me for this honorary award. I am merely one of the many cogwheels in this WEEE recycling clockwork. But at the same time, I believe that this decision is also a choice for rewarding the WEEE plastics recycling industry as a whole and in that sense, I see this award also as a wonderful recognition for the work that WEEE plastics recyclers have been doing to get there where we are today,“ Slijkhuis explained in his acceptance speech, in which he further elaborated that „the development of this WEEE plastics recycling industry is a fascinating story with many hurdles and problems but also with successes.