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Tackling food waste in households, industry, and agriculture - next steps for policy coordination, targets, implementation, and innovation in packaging

Morning, Tuesday, 8th February 2022

This conference looks at current priorities for tackling food waste in households, industry, and agriculture - 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 assess government plans - including measures in the Environment Act  - to reform England’s rubbish, recycling, and food waste collections, including:

  • introducing statutory guidance on new minimum service standards for rubbish and recycling collections
  • every household to receive separate, weekly food waste collections from 2023
  • making recycling easier with a clear list of materials that all local authorities and waste firms must collect from homes and businesses

Sessions in the agenda look at:

  • addressing challenges across the system, and progress on the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
  • tackling household and industry food waste
  • reducing waste in agriculture
  • innovation in packaging
  • coordinating food waste policy with wider decarbonisation targets
  • priorities for policy and the route to meeting the 2025 food waste reduction target

We also expect discussion on priorities for the coordination of strategies to tackle waste across the food chain, including:

  • the proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers
  • an extended producer responsibility scheme
  • further measures in the Environment Act for driving plastic waste reduction 
  • introduction of the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme aiming to support waste reduction in agriculture

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Lord Deben, Chairman, Climate Change Committee; Dr David Moon, Head of Strategic Projects, WRAP; and Dawn Woodward, Deputy Head Resources and Waste, Defra.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CAFRE; DAERA, NI; Defra; the DfE; the DIT; the FCDO; the FSA; Food Standards Scotland; the Isle of Man Government; NIEA; the Office Product Safety and Standards; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Lord Deben

Chairman, Climate Change Committee

Keynote Speakers

Dawn Woodward

Deputy Head Resources and Waste, Defra

Dr David Moon

Head of Strategic Projects, WRAP

Lord Deben

Chairman, Climate Change Committee


Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville

Liberal Democrats Lords Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Daniel Zeichner MP

Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs


Dr Emma Keller

Head of Sustainability, Nestlé UK & Ireland

Dr Ifeyinwa Kanu

Chief Executive, IntelliDigest

Skye Oudemans

Senior Sustainability Executive, Plastics & Packaging, Food and Drink Federation

Dr Sally Beken

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Polymers, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); and Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

Keith Warren

Chief Executive, Foodservice Equipment Association

Sarah Mellor

Head of Sustainable Consumption & Production, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

Mike Greetham

Chief Executive, The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants

Dr Lucy O’Shea

Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Bath; and Member, Resources and Waste Targets Expert Group (RWTEG), Defra

Ali Moore

Head of Communications and Behaviour Change, ReLondon