Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for waste policy in the UK: implementing the Resource and Waste Strategy, reducing avoidable waste and challenges for a deposit return scheme

Morning, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Central London


This seminar examines the next steps for waste and recycling policy across the UK.

Discussion will focus on the implementation of the Government’s Resource and Waste Strategy - expected to be published by the end of November - which will set out plans to phase out avoidable plastic waste, stop food waste to landfill by 2030, reform the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system, and set new targets for waste and recycling.

It also comes against an active policy backdrop with:

  • The UK Plastics Pact bringing together WRAP, the third sector, academia and industry to reduce plastic use - including commitment to eliminate the use of single-use packaging by 2025;
  • A consultation on a proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) for single-use drinks containers in England and Wales expected by the end of the year - following a recent consultation in Scotland and as UK industry begins trialling DRS; and
  • The recent announcement of an additional £15m for a pilot scheme for reducing food waste from retailers and food manufacturers.

Guest of Honour

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Keynote Speakers

Chris Preston

Deputy Director, Resource and Waste, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP


Maurice Golden MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform


Andrew Schein

Associate Research Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

Lucy Frankel

Communications Director, Vegware

Mark Sommerfeld

Policy Manager, Renewable Energy Association

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, SUEZ UK

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government

Nick Brown

Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners

Councillor Donald Milne

Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities, Conwy County Borough Council

Sam Boileau

Consultant, Dentons