Reducing single use plastics and developing a DRS
Delegates considered the strategies for incentivising business practice, looking at the future balance of industry-led and government-mandated targets, producer responsibility, and the future role of taxation policy.
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Sessions also examined the challenges and opportunities of introducing a DRS for single-use drinks containers following the publication of its next steps - with discussion on the role of industry and local government, driving behaviour change, and what the UK can learn from similar schemes.
Developing infrastructure, waste management systems and supporting innovation
The conference was 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 also assessed 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 was 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.
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