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About Cirplus

The future of plastics is circular. Cirplus leverages digital technology to make that future possible, closing the loop and put an end to plastic pollution.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between buyers and sellers of plastic recyclates, and in doing so enhance supply stability and availability. By using technology to facilitate relationships of trust, we aim to build the digital infrastructure needed for a physical transition from new to recycled materials.

We believe in simple and sensible solutions reflecting our customers' daily realities, yet we're also looking around the bend. By aggregating data and standardizing recyclates as a tradable commodity, we are also paving the way for advanced applications of digital technology: AI-powered procurement, product design, and transparency.

Cirplus Employees

Based in Hamburg, Germany the Cirplus team is both geographically and technically diverse, yet united by our shared motivation to put technology at the service of our society and planet. We are proudly backed by some of the world's leading investors in network effects and climate tech.

Cirplus was founded in 2018 in Germany by Christian Schiller and Volkan Bilici. Since then, the company has raised more than 5M€ and attracted some of the most prolific companies in plastic processing and recycling as its first customers. A record number of 4 million tons of plastic material had been listed by the beginning of 2023, generated by more than 3,000 registered companies across more than 100 countries. While based in Germany, the target has always been to serve our customers wherever they are in the world with their procurement and sales needs in circular plastics. 

Combining the digital with green change is at the core of what we do, thus strengthening each of these megatrends (“Twinning”). In 2023, Cirplus was recognized by the German goverment for its critical work by being named on of only 20 organizations to advise the drafters of the National Circular Economy Strategy in Plastics. Cirplus has also won numerous awards, most notably the National Standardization Award 2022 for DIN SPEC 91446 in the categories of sustainability and innovation; and the Green Tech Award 2022 as Best Start-up of the Year.

Technology Advisory Board

Digitizing complex secondary material markets is a task that requires cooperation from experts deep within the industry. We are honored to be working with these distinguished individuals and institution on our Technical Advisory Board.

  • Prof. Hans-Josef Endres (Institut für Kunststoff- und Kreislauftechnik - IKK)

  • Dr. Thomas Hochrein (Süddeutsches Kunststoffzentrum - SKZ)

  • Martin Doedt (Kunststoffinstitut Lüdenscheid - KIMW)