Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

December 2019

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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Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
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Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates