Key Points
  • Gain expert advice from to ensure your business is compliant with new regulatory updates including the Extended Producer's Responsibility and RECOUP's guidance on the upcoming Plastics Tax on April 2022
  • DEFRA and the Environment Agency will share insights on upcoming policy reforms and the Environment Bill
  • Learn how to embed circularity in product design to ensure optimal production, usage, and disposal of plastics to find viable recycling solutions
  • Hear from best practice industry leaders and third sector initiatives how to influence consumer behaviour and reduce plastic consumption and recycling
  • Our practical panel session will discuss how to work collaboratively with local authorities and plastic waste management services to expand recycling capacities
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Overview
    Expert Speakers:
  • Dr. Adam Read, President, Chartered Institute of Waste Management
  • Lottie Free, Team Leader Plastics, International and Climate Team, Resources & Waste, Environmental Quality Directorate, Resources and Waste, DEFRA
  • Judy Proctor, National Plastics Strategy Lead, Environment Agency
  • Helen Bird, Strategic Technical Manager – Plastics, WRAP
  • Karen Graley, Partner & Manager, Packaging Innovation and Delivery, Waitrose & Partners
  • Steven Morgan, Head of Policy and Infrastructure, RECOUP
  • Adrian Hawkes, Policy Director, Valpak
  • Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, Industry Council for Packaging, and the Environment
  • Timothee Duret, Director of Sustainable Technology, Veolia UK
  • Roger Wright, Waste Strategy and Packaging Manager, BIFFA
  • Dustin Benton, Policy Director, The Green Alliance
  • Ali Moore, Head of Communications and Behaviour Change, Re London
  • Senior Representative, LARAC
  • The Behavioural Insights Team


In the UK, over 5 million tonnes of plastic are consumed each year - and yet only 1 quarter of it is recycled*.

Join us at Westminster Insight’s annual Managing Plastic Waste Digital Conference. Hear from key stakeholders on the latest regulations, innovations, and changing consumer behaviour as we work towards a circular approach to tackling plastic waste, reducing plastic usage and increasing recycling rates.

DEFRA and The Environment Agency will share the latest policy reforms, expectations and upcoming regulations emerging from the consultation on plastics and the Environment Bill.

We will review the progress of the 'UK Plastics Pact' and gain practical strategies to eliminate problematic plastics and increase recyclability. RECOUP will provide expert guidance enabling you to ensure business readiness and compliance for the implementation of the Plastic Tax in April 2022.

Our interactive panel session will explore collaboration projects across the supply chain which are reducing plastic waste through circular design. Producers, waste management services, local authorities and third sector initiatives will share how they are working together to design a sustainable end of life journey for plastic products.

Explore innovative and sustainable alternatives to plastics that are helping to transform packaging and are meeting recyclable thresholds. Biffa’s Packaging Surgery will share how to use waste as a resource to reduce financial burdens for producers.

Finally we will review practical strategies and best practice from industry leaders and successful case studies on nudging consumer behaviour to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste.

This half-day event will be broadcast live from our studio in London via an interactive digital platform.

*UK Statistics on Waste, July 2021

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:55
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Adam Read President, Chartered Institute for Waste Management

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08:55 - 09:35
Keynote Address: Understanding the Future of Plastics - Regulatory Updates

 
  • Reviewing the recycling reforms of the Environment Bill and the impact on plastic waste management  
  • Extended Producer’s Responsibility 2023 and onwards: reviewing changes to deliver the Waste Management Plan 
  • Exploring how to meet recycling targets in line with the Waste Management Plan for 2022
9:25-9:35 Questions and Discussion

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Judy Proctor National Plastics Strategy Lead, Environment Agency

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Lottie Free Team Leader Plastics, International and Climate Team, DEFRA

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09:35 - 10:00
The New Plastic Packaging Tax: Ensuring Business Readiness

 
  • Complying with new packaging requirements proposed by the plastics levy
  • Understanding future challenges and how the UK plastics recycling infrastructure will impact this.
  • Working with suppliers and buyers to meet recyclable threshold standards 
9:50-10:00 Questions and Discussion

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Steve Morgan Head of Policy and Infrastructure, RECOUP

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10:00 - 10:40
Panel Session: Improving Recycling Across the Plastic Supply Chain

 
  • Ensuring consistency across Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR) and Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) to bridge capability gaps between production and collection
  • Promoting collaboration between producers, consumers, waste management and local authorities to improve recycling across the supply chain
  • Developing the necessary waste management infrastructure and recycling facilities in the UK to ensure that all types of plastics can be recycled
10:30-10:40 Questions and Discussion

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Senior Representative LARAC Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

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Adrian Hawkes Policy Director, Valpak

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Timothee Duret Director of Sustainable Technology, Veolia UK

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Paul Vanston Chief Executive, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment

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10:40 - 10:50
Break

 

10:50 - 10:55
Circular Solutions to Manage Plastic Waste

 

10:50 - 11:10
Case Study 1: The Circular Economy Taskforce

 
  • Sharing practical business strategies and sector specific needs to increase resource efficiency and reduce plastic waste 
  • Reviewing system wide approaches that facilitate circularity, including consumption, repairing, collection and reprocessing
  • Ensuring plastic reduction and recycling upholds the government’s carbon neutral targets

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Dustin Benton Policy Director, Green Alliance

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11:10 - 11:25
Case study 2: Biffa’s Packaging Surgery

 
  • Highlighting different approaches and benefits of repurposing waste as a resource to complete circularity
  • Sharing practical solutions to improve resource efficiency through sustainable packaging and new recycling technologies 
  • Integrating alternative materials and eliminating unnecessary plastics to ensure sustainable routes to disposal 
  • Reducing transit or secondary packaging, looking at returnable, refillable or reusable solutions 

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Roger Wright Waste Strategy and Packaging Manager, BIFFA

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11:25 - 12:00
Industry Case Studies: Learning from Market Leaders on Reducing Plastic Waste

 
  • Waitrose: Taking Action to Tackle Plastic Waste
  • Ella's Kitchen: promoting circularity through the Ella Cycle
  • Tesco: Building a sustainable supply chain and circular strategy 
  • Eliminating problematic plastic from packaging to meet environmental targets
  • Learning from Deposit Return Schemes to facilitate recycling options for consumers 
  • Getting consumers on board, increasing recyclable and home compostable packaging
11:55-12:00 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Karen Graley Partner & Manager, Packaging Innovation and Delivery, Waitrose & Partners

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Emma Cook Senior Technical Manager, Ella's Kitchen

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James Bull Head of Packaging, Tesco

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12:00 - 12:25
Reviewing Progress of the UK Plastics Pact 2020-2021 and Strategies to Meet Sustainable Goals

 
  • Reviewing progress against targets of the Plastics Pact and how retailers and brands are meeting them 
  • Taking extra measures to eliminate problematic packaging and reducing pollution
  • Setting up new targets: Increasing the recycling of plastic bags and wrapping
  • Exploring critical infrastructure requirements to expand recycling capacities
  • Sharing best practice case studies from members of the pact 
12:15-12:20 Questions and Discussion

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Helen Bird Strategic Engagement Manager, WRAP

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12:25 - 12:55
Influencing Consumer Behaviour: Creating Sustained Changes in Purchasing to Reduce Plastic Waste

 
  • Nudges from the Behavioural Insights Team: engaging consumers to increase proactive and responsible consumption and disposal 
  • Re London: Communications to change habits in waste disposal and recycling 
  • Understanding consumer preferences to improve recycling outcomes 
  • Reviewing changes in consumer behaviour affected by the pandemic  
12:35-12:50 Questions and Discussion

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Ali Moore Head of Communications and Behaviour Change, Re London

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The Behavioural Insights Team

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Dr. Adam Read President, Chartered Institute for Waste Management

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End

Speakers

The Behavioural Insights Team

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Dustin Benton Policy Director, Green Alliance

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Helen Bird Strategic Engagement Manager, WRAP

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James Bull Head of Packaging, Tesco

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Emma Cook Senior Technical Manager, Ella's Kitchen

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Timothee Duret Director of Sustainable Technology, Veolia UK

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Lottie Free Team Leader Plastics, International and Climate Team, DEFRA

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Karen Graley Partner & Manager, Packaging Innovation and Delivery, Waitrose & Partners

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Adrian Hawkes Policy Director, Valpak

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Senior Representative LARAC Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

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Ali Moore Head of Communications and Behaviour Change, Re London

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Steve Morgan Head of Policy and Infrastructure, RECOUP

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Judy Proctor National Plastics Strategy Lead, Environment Agency

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Dr. Adam Read President, Chartered Institute for Waste Management

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Paul Vanston Chief Executive, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment

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Roger Wright Waste Strategy and Packaging Manager, BIFFA

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Digital Event Broadcast Live


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