Morning, Tuesday, 8th February 2022
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference looks at current priorities for reducing food waste - including latest thinking and developments in improving local waste management and recycling services, tackling plastic waste, and driving behaviour change.
It is bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the effectiveness of government plans announced earlier this year to reform England’s bin, recycling and food waste collections which include plans to:
- introduce statutory guidance on new minimum service standards for rubbish and recycling collections
- ensure that every household will receive separate, weekly food waste collections from 2023
- make recycling easier with a clear list of materials that all local authorities and waste firms must collect from homes and businesses
The conference will be also an opportunity to assess the way forward, and consider outstanding issues, for meeting wider targets for waste and plastic packaging reduction, including:
- the UK government target - eliminating all avoidable waste by 2050 and policies aimed at reducing plastic waste
- the Courtauld Commitment 2030 - which includes a target for a 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 vs the UK 2007 baseline
- the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 - aiming to halve global food waste per capita at the retail and consumer level and reduce waste in production and supply chains by 2030
We also expect discussion on priorities for the coordination of measures for waste with other strategies across the food chain, including:
- a proposed Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers, an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme, and plastic packaging tax in driving plastic waste reduction
- the introduction of the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme aiming to support sustainable land management.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Lord Deben, Chairman, Climate Change Committee and David Moon, Interim Director of Collaboration and Change, WRAP.
Overall, sessions in the agenda include;
- addressing food waste challenges across the system - and progress on the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
- tackling household and industry food waste - behaviour change, industry and retail engagement, and improving consistency in local collection, recycling, and waste management services
- coordinating food waste policy and reduction strategies across the food chain with wider decarbonisation targets
- reducing waste in agriculture - sustainable farming practices, resilience in the sector, and latest developments in repurposing agricultural waste
- innovation in packaging - safeguarding, shelf life and new materials, recycling methods, moving from single-use design, and policy for supporting plastic waste reduction
- policy priorities - food waste and packaging, and the way forward for meeting the 2025 food waste reduction target
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with representatives of the agriculture and food and drink industry, including associations, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers; the agritech and crop science industries; partners, advisors and suppliers of the sectors involved; universities, research organisations and academics; local and devolved government officials; charities and consumer groups, and reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference