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Next steps for tackling waste in England - plastic and food, regulatory changes, waste management, waste crime, innovation, and latest developments in best practice

Morning, Monday, 18th July 2022

This conference is bringing together policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the next steps for tackling plastic and food waste in England.

It will be an opportunity to assess the introduction of the plastic packaging tax, latest developments on the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers, the forthcoming Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging, and latest measures to tackle waste crime.

Sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities - progress on recycling & the circular economy ◦ the UK Plastics Pact ◦ community engagement ◦ issues across the sector value chain  
  • waste management - system innovation & key developments ◦ plastics processing ◦ domestic recycling ◦ priorities for infrastructure  
  • littering & waste crime - detection & enforcement ◦ use of technology ◦ priorities for public services ◦ roles of communities & sector stakeholders ◦ support needed by local authorities
  • innovation - case studies in development of key materials & processes:
    • R&D in sustainable plastics
    • the UK packaging system
    • waste management
    • the Flexible Plastic Fund
    • EPR implementation
  • policy - reducing plastic waste ◦ the Extended Producer Responsibility scheme ◦ long-term priorities  

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Helen Bird, Strategic Technical Manager, Plastics, WRAP; and Dawn Woodward, Deputy Head Resources and Waste, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DIT; DAERA, NI; and The Scottish Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.

Keynote Speakers

Dawn Woodward

Deputy Head Resources and Waste, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Helen Bird

Strategic Technical Manager, Plastics, WRAP


Liz Twist MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Microplastics


Phillip Davies

Manager, Joint Unit for Waste Crime, Environment Agency

Mike Baxter

External Affairs Director, Berry bpi

Kristy Spindler

Project Director, Local Partnerships

Amanda Curtis

Sustainability Strategy & Delivery, IGD

Jacob Hayler

Executive Director, Environmental Services Association

Adela Putinelu

Head of Policy, Plastic Energy

Paula Chin

Senior Policy Advisor, WWF

Councillor David Renard

Leader, Swindon Borough Council

Gareth Morton

Discovery Manager, Ecosurety

Lee Marshall

Policy & External Affairs Director, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Dr Daniel Korbel

Science Policy Unit Lead, Royal Society of Chemistry