Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Food waste reduction and new initiatives for reducing plastic packaging waste

Morning, Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Central London


The conference takes place in the context of the Resources and Waste Strategy which sets out the Government’s approach to reducing food and plastic waste - including setting a target of eliminating avoidable waste of all kinds by 2050.

Attendees will consider what more can be done to develop and innovate food packaging.

It follows the launch of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee inquiry into plastic food and drink packaging - which seeks to assess the impact of government plastic reduction measures, barriers to innovation and whether more funding and support is needed.

We expect latest thinking on what is needed to increase the recyclability of packaging and on reducing packaging whilst maintaining the shelf-life of products.

Delegates will also assess the impact of strategies aimed at changing business practice and consumer behaviour looking at the role of producer responsibility, industry-led schemes and taxation policy going forward.

Discussion will reflect key issues from the recent consultations on a plastic packaging tax, reforming UK packaging producer responsibility, the ongoing Courtauld Commitment 2025, and the UK Plastics Pact.

Delegates will also discuss the challenges associated with the proposed DRS - including design of collection points, potential increased costs and duplicated waste collections - as well as the impact on business and local authorities, with the recent consultation on DRS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further sessions will consider whether there should be more alignment on what is able to be recycled across the UK following the consultation on consistency in household and business recycling collections in England - and what more can be done to engage consumers, and support local authorities and environmental services organisations to improve the efficiency of their recycling services.

Delegates will discuss what more retail, the food and farming industries, and food redistribution organisations need to do to drive behaviour change and food waste reduction, as well as how to manage unavoidable food waste.

It comes with the Food Surplus and Waste Champion putting increasing pressure on the food industry - by asking them to sign up to a pledge committing to reducing food waste - which includes the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap - ahead of a progress review in November.

Keynote Speaker

Dr David Moon

Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP

Keynote Speakers

Ben Elliot

Food Surplus and Waste Champion

Dr David Moon

Head of Business Collaboration, WRAP


Baroness Jones of Whitchurch

Shadow Spokesperson, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Baroness Sater


Jamie Crummie

Co-founder, Too Good To Go

Marcel Arsand

Sustainability Manager, UK and Nordics, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

Andrew Bird

Head of Recycling and Fleet Services, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

Peter Andrews

Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium

Peter Baveystock

Lead Specialist Clienting Management, Wokingham Borough Council

Michael Laurier

Chief Executive Officer, Symphony Environmental Technologies

Suzanne Westlake

Head of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Affairs, Ocado

Dr Sally Russell

Associate Professor, Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Mark Richmond

Technical Director, WRM

Paul Vanston

Chief Executive, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment