Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for tackling plastic waste - increasing recycling, reducing plastic use, and supporting the development of sustainable alternatives

Morning, Thursday, 5th November 2020

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to assess priorities for reducing avoidable plastic waste, including:

  • next steps for improving plastic waste management
  • strategies for driving business, household and individual behaviour change
  • innovation in materials, product design and business practices - particularly in the food sector
  • the Environment Bill, voluntary commitments, extended producer responsibility, and options for further developments in regulation, enforcement and incentives

Of course, we expect discussion on the day to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 on waste management services and processes and those working in the sector and what can be learned for the future.

Issues to be considered include:

  • the impact of the closures of recycling plants and changes to waste collection procedures during the COVID-19 crisis
  • changes in household behaviour during the pandemic, following reduced waste collection
  • how heightened safety and public health measures put in place can inform best practice going forward
  • the effect on longer-term plastic waste policy implementation of the temporary requirements for one-time use of plastics in clinical, retail and other settings

Key areas for discussion: 

  • The Environment Bill - assessing provisions for bans and charges for classes of plastic, extended producer responsibility reform, labelling, deposit return schemes and consistent collection policies
  • Domestic waste management - priorities for progress on targets for increasing recycling rates eliminating single use plastic and standardising collection
  • Consumer engagement and awareness:
    • waste separation - improving consumer knowledge, and whether more needs to be done to enable or mandate the separation of materials prior to collection
    • learning from policy and practice in other countries - with a case study from Copenhagen
    • design and consumer messages - developments in driving behaviour change
    • options for the future ban of single use plastics beyond plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, and what can be learnt from the introduction of charges on single use carrier bags
  • Business practice:
    • progress in reducing plastic use whilst maintaining safety in clinical, workplace and other settings - and assessing the impact of measures implemented in the wake of COVID-19
    • strategies for incentivising businesses and producer responsibility
    • the future balance of industry-led and government-mandated targets
  • Innovation - latest developments in packaging and product design, ensuring perishable product shelf-life, consumer and business engagement, and new minimum design requirements
  • Infrastructure - next steps for developing effective and comprehensive UK plastic waste management and recycling facilities
  • Enforcement - reducing illegal waste activities, assessing measures in the Environment Bill for business waste management practices, and introduction of an electronic waste tracking system

Developments that are relevant to the discussion: 

The agenda:

  • The UK Plastics Pact and the Courtauld Commitment 2025 - progress to date and priorities for international collaboration
  • Case study from Copenhagen: best practices for increasing recycling rates
  • Improving domestic plastic waste management - safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, standardised collections, developing recycling infrastructure, and opportunities for the introduction of a deposit return scheme
  • Reducing plastic waste - industry priorities, innovating product design and developing reusable, hygienic and sustainable materials:
    • Opportunities for innovating product design and developing materials
    • Encouraging innovation and reducing the usage of in plastic packaging in the food and retail sector
    • Challenges for extended producer responsibility - preventing and redistributing surplus materials
    • Encouraging change in consumer behaviour
    • Removing plastic waste pollution from the environment and ensuring the sustainability of new materials
    • Reducing plastic use in health and social care whilst maintaining cleanliness and patient safety
  • Next steps for policy and taking forward the Environment Bill

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. 

This one looks no different. Places have been reserved by officials from BEISMHCLG; Defra; the Food Standards Agency; the Department for International Trade; Northern Ireland Environment Agency; DAERA, NI and the Welsh Government.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

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

Malene Møhl

Project Manager, Waste and Resources, Copenhagen Municipality


Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales

Mark Pawsey MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Packaging Manufacturing Industry


Bryony Rothwell

RECAP Partnership Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

Martin Curtois

External Affairs Director, Veolia

Adrian Griffiths

Founder & CEO, Recycling Technologies

Beth Simpson

Senior Consultant, Anthesis

Alexis Percival

Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Dr Chantelle Wood

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology, and Co-Investigator, Plastics: Redefining Single Use project, University of Sheffield

Erik Lindroth

Sustainability Director, Tetra Pak North Europe

David Fatscher

Head of Sector (Environment, Social and Governance), British Standards Institution

Michael Stevens

Deputy Chairman, Symphony Environmental Technologies

Senior speaker confirmed from Coca-Cola

Claire Hughes

Head of Quality & Innovation, Sainsbury’s