Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Reducing avoidable plastic waste - incentives, targets, and policy priorities

Morning, Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Central London


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:

The agenda

Keynote contributions on progress and next steps look at:

  • Plastic waste policy; and
  • The Resources and Waste Strategy for England.

Panel sessions:

  • 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.

Case studies:

  • 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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Keynote Speakers

Dawn Woodward

Deputy Head, Resource and Waste, Defra

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP


Simon Tilling

Partner, Burges Salmon and Vice Chair, UKELA

Stuart Hayward-Hingham

Technical Development Director, Suez

Paula Chin

Sustainable Materials Specialist, WWF

Barry Turner

Director, Plastics and Flexible Packaging Group, British Plastics Federation

Peter Andrews

Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium

Beth Simpson

Senior Consultant, Anthesis Group

Bryan McCluskey

Circularity Director, Natural Hydration Council

Paul Mines

Chief Executive Officer, Biome Technologies

Bryony Rothwell

RECAP Partnership Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council