Key Points
  • Implications of the Environment Bill and Government priorities to reduce plastic waste
  • The future of taxes and penalties on plastic packaging and single-use plastics and ensuring compliance
  • Exploring the scrutiny and enforcement role of the new independent Office for Environmental Protection
  • New extended producer responsibility schemes and how leading businesses are responding to the changing regulatory agenda
  • The effect of COVID-19 on the demand for and use of plastics and what to do with PPEs?
  • Learning from successful international bottle deposit return schemes
  • Developing a more consistent recycling service for households and businesses, improving recycling rates and enhancing local authority waste collection services
  • Innovative solutions for increasing packaging recyclability, reducing plastic usage and eliminating single-use plastics throughout the supply chain
  • Consumer insights and behaviour change to influence purchasing behaviour and to improve public re-use and recycling rates


Overview
Expert Speakers

  • Stuart Foster, Chief Executive Officer, RECOUP
  • Julia Martin, Lead Account Manager for Plastics, WRAP
  • Paul Davidson, Challenge Director, Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, Innovate UK
  • Stuart Lendrum, Head of Packaging, Quality and Food Safety, Iceland Foods Ltd
  • Lee Marshall, CEO, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC)
  • Margaret Bates, Executive Director, The On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL)
  • Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez and Senior Vice President, Chartered Institute for Waste Management (CIWM)
  • Charles Holmes, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government
  • Sarah Clayton, Head of Citizen Behaviour Change, WRAP
  • Andrew Schein, Lead Researcher Energy and Sustainability Team, The Behavioural Insights Team
  • Anna Larsson, Director, Circular Economy, Reloop
  • Rebecca Burgess, CEO, City to Sea


Westminster Insight’s Managing Plastic Waste Digital Conference will equip delegates with the guidance to develop and implement strategies for reducing polluting plastic waste and making the products we use every day more durable, easier to re-use and recycle.

Building on commitments made in the Resources and Waste Strategy, the Environment Bill will introduce new powers to tackle plastic waste, through taxation, extended producer responsibility schemes, the introduction of deposit return schemes and more consistent recycling services.

With the establishment of a new independent Office for Environmental Protection and its enforcement and scrutiny role, plus the imminent introduction of new regulations, taxes and penalties on plastic use and packaging, delegates will explore how to change the way we produce, use and dispose of resources to ensure compliance.

Bringing together expert speakers from across manufacturing, retail, central and local government, waste management services, NGO’s and the voluntary sector, attend to prepare for the incoming Environment Bill and learn what innovative action can be taken at all stages of the product lifecycle to move towards a more circular economy.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Stuart Foster CEO, RECOUP

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09:10 - 09:40
Implications of the Environment Bill and Government Priorities to Reduce Plastic Waste

 
  • Building on the Resource and Waste Strategy with the Environment Bill
  • New powers to tackle plastic waste by taxing single-use plastic items; extending producer responsibility for waste, implementing a DRS for drinks containers; and introducing more consistent recycling services 
  • The role of the new independent Office for Environmental Protection and understanding penalties and enforcement to ensure compliance
  • Implications of Covid 19 on plastics use and the problem of PPEs
9:40 - 9:50   Questions and Discussion 

09:50 - 10:10
Progress on the Plastics Pact Targets

 
  • Aims of the UK Plastics Pact
  • Targets, progress and the roadmap to 2025
  • Case studies of best practice
10:10 - 10:20   Questions & Discussion 

Speakers

Julia Martin Lead Account Manager for Plastics, WRAP

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10:20 - 10:50
Panel Discussion: Retail and Manufacturing’s Role in Reducing and Managing Plastic Waste

 
  • Preparing for the extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging 2023
  • Budgeting for the new costs of managing the life-cycle of plastics 
  • Sourcing new materials, redesigning packaging and adopting new business models and manufacturing solutions 
  • An update on the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge
  • Sourcing recycled material in the production of plastic packaging to meet the 30% recycled content demand from April 2022 
  • Responding to resource-efficiency standards for products by designing products with durability, re-use and recycling in mind 
  • Innovative solutions to manage products when they do become waste 
  • Eliminating single-use plastics throughout the supply chain
  • Getting consumers on board
10:50 - 11:00   Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Paul Davidson Challenge Director, Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, Innovate UK

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Stuart Lendrum Head of Packaging, Quality and Food Safety, Iceland Foods Ltd

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11:00 - 11:10
Comfort Break

 

11:10 - 11:40
Panel Discussion: Improving the UK Plastics Recycling System

 
  • Preparing for recycling reforms proposed in the Environmental Bill 
  • Mitigating the effect of COVID 19 on the recycling industry 
  • Developing the necessary waste management infrastructure and recycling facilities in the UK to ensure that more and different types of plastics can be recycled
  • Producer action that makes packaging more recyclable 
  • Helping consumers recycle more material correctly, more often 
  • Building effective collaboration between producers, consumers, local authorities and waste management companies to improve the recycling supply chain 
  • Moving towards more consistent recycling collection schemes in a way which works for businesses, local authorities and environmental service providers
11:40 - 11:50   Question and Discussion

Speakers

Margaret Bates Executive Director, The On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL)

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Adam Read External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

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Lee Marshall CEO, LARAC

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11:50 - 12:10
Panel Discussion: Developing Bottle Deposit Return Schemes

 
  • DRS legislation, including programme scope, targets and penalties, container marking etc  
  • Understanding costs, business models and the roles of beverage producers, retailers, local and regional authorities 
  • Driving behaviour change and increasing public uptake of the scheme 
  • What we can learn from successful international DRS
12:10 - 12:20   Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Charles Holmes Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government

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Anna Larsson Director, Circular Economy, Reloop Europe

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12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Influencing Consumer Behaviour Change

 
  • Understanding consumer drivers and the impact of COVID-19 on the demand for plastic packaging and protective material 
  • What to do about PPEs?  
  • Effective communication strategies to create sustained changes in purchasing behaviour
  • Improving recycling and re-use of plastics through education campaigns
  • Reducing the use of single-use plastic items 
  • Promoting the uptake of deposit schemes, refill points and plastic free shopping
  • Case studies of best practice
12:50 - 13:00   Questions and Discussion 

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Rebecca Burgess CEO, City to Sea

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Sarah Clayton Head of Citizen Behaviour Change, WRAP

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Andrew Schein Lead Researcher Energy and Sustainability Team, The Behavioural Insights Team

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13:00 - 13:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Margaret Bates Executive Director, The On Pack Recycling Label (OPRL)

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Rebecca Burgess CEO, City to Sea

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Sarah Clayton Head of Citizen Behaviour Change, WRAP

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Paul Davidson Challenge Director, Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, Innovate UK

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Stuart Foster CEO, RECOUP

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Charles Holmes Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Government

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Anna Larsson Director, Circular Economy, Reloop Europe

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Stuart Lendrum Head of Packaging, Quality and Food Safety, Iceland Foods Ltd

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Lee Marshall CEO, LARAC

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Julia Martin Lead Account Manager for Plastics, WRAP

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Adam Read External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

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Andrew Schein Lead Researcher Energy and Sustainability Team, The Behavioural Insights Team

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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