Morning, Tuesday, 3rd December 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss:
Delegates will assess:
- What has been learnt so far;
- What more can be done to achieve the targets;
- Latest thinking on alternative approaches; and
- The impact on industry, local government, and households.
Discussion will draw on issues emerging from the government responses to the consultations related to the Strategy on:
Keynote contributions on progress and next steps look at:
- Plastic waste policy; and
- The Resources and Waste Strategy for England.
- Incentivising industry - extended producer responsibility and the plastic packaging tax; and
- Developing the systems for zero plastic waste - deposit return schemes, consistency in recycling collections, and bioplastics.
- Innovative waste management disposal - incentivising plastic waste recycling; and
- Moving towards standardised recycling collections - challenges and opportunities.
The details: areas for discussion at this conference
Reducing single use plastics and developing a DRS
Delegates will consider the best ways in which to incentivise business practice looking at the future balance of industry-led and government-mandated targets, producer responsibility, and the future role of taxation policy.
It takes place with:
Sessions will also examine the challenges and opportunities of introducing a DRS for single use drinks containers following the publication of its next steps - with discussion expected on the role of industry and local government, driving behaviour change, and what the UK can learn from similar schemes abroad.
Developing infrastructure, waste management systems and supporting innovation
The conference will be an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to consider what more should be done to develop the necessary waste management infrastructure and recycling facilities in the UK to ensure that more and different types of plastics can be recycled.
They will also assess priorities for moving towards more consistent recycling collection schemes in a way which works for businesses, local authorities, and environmental service providers.
The role of plastic and packaging innovation will also be assessed - following the launch of the Government consultation on Standards for biodegradable, compostable and bio-based plastics - with further discussion on how best to reduce plastic waste in a way that does not shorten the shelf-life of perishable products and keeps consumers and businesses engaged.