Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for food packaging and waste in the UK - innovation, responsibilities and policy development

Morning, Tuesday, 10th July 2018

Central London


This seminar will discuss priorities and next steps for food packaging and waste management in the UK.

It is bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders as officials at Defra prepare to finalise the wide-ranging Resources and Waste Strategy expected later this year - and takes place in the context of the waste reduction targets set out in the 25-Year Environment Plan.

Delegates will assess the way ahead for the food and packaging industry to meet the goals in the Plan, for zero avoidable waste by 2050 and no avoidable plastic waste by 2042 - including the potential impact of the Government’s proposed deposit return scheme. The seminar also follows the launch of WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact that aims to transform the plastic packaging sector by meeting targets, such as eliminating the use of single-use packaging by 2025, and the recommendations from WRAP, INCPEN and ACP on packaging regulation reform to reduce environmental impact, which were accepted by the Secretary of State.

Those attending will also discuss progress in packaging innovation, including reducing excess; opportunities for increasing the use of recyclable materials, whilst at the same time ensuring food safety and minimising waste from spoilage; latest developments in smart packaging; and potential alternatives to plastics, in light of the Government’s consultation into reducing single-use plastics and encouraging innovation through potential charges or tax systems.

Further sessions will consider the roles and responsibilities of parties across the supply chain - including the part local partnerships, recycling providers and producers should play going forward; the effectiveness of Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) schemes, in light of the National Audit Office’s review; and priorities for engaging consumers.

The agenda will also bring out discussion on what can be learnt from varying waste management and food waste policies across the UK, in light of the Welsh Government announcement of £15 million of funding to improve local waste recycling and infrastructure, and alternative international systems, including how the environmentally-friendly use of food waste can be widened and improved.

Guest of Honour

Dr David Moon

Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP

Supported by

Guest of Honour

Dr David Moon

Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP

Keynote Speaker

Nick Brown

Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners


Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Steve Double MP

Chair, Protect our Waves All-Party Parliamentary Group


Ian Jamie

Managing Director, Staeger Clear Packaging

Martin Kersh

Executive Director, Foodservice Packaging Association

Eric Giry

Agricultural Counsellor for the United Kingdom and Ireland, French Embassy

Dr Andy Rees

Head, Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government

Andrew Urquhart

Corporate Business Manager, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

Natasha Epstein

Contract Manager, South London Waste Partnership

Toby Park

Head of Energy and Sustainability, The Behavioural Insights Team

Elena Polisano

Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace UK

Libby Peake

Senior Policy Adviser, Resource Stewardship, Green Alliance

Councillor Clyde Loakes

Chair, North London Waste Authority

Senior speaker confirmed from Zero Waste Scotland