Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


This conference examines next steps for policy - and for the practices in industry and local government - aimed at reducing avoidable plastic waste in the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

Discussion will also draw on issues emerging from government responses to the consultations related to the Resources and Waste Strategy on:


Keynote contributions: Dr Marcus Gover, Chief Executive Officer, WRAP; Arnoud Passenier, Senior Program Manager Circular Economy, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management; Professor Rosalind Malcolm, Director of Environmental Regulatory Research Group, University of Surrey and Tony Ward, Head of Highways, Facilities & Environmental Services at Denbighshire County Council.

Further confirmed speakers include: Peter Andrews, British Retail Consortium; Paula Chin, WWF; Bryan McCluskey, Natural Source Waters Association; Paul Mines, Biome Technologies; Dr Adam Read, SUEZ; Bryony Rothwell, Waste Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; Beth Simpson, Anthesis Group; Simon Tilling, Burges Salmon and UKELA; and Barry Turner, British Plastics Federation.

The agenda

  • Regulating for a circular plastics economy;
  • Incentivising industry: extended producer responsibility and the plastic packaging tax;
  • Case studies: learning from policy initiatives and established waste management models:
    • Innovative waste management disposal - incentivising plastic waste recycling; and
    • Moving towards standardised recycling collections - challenges and opportunities.
  • Developing infrastructure for zero plastic waste: deposit return schemes, consistency in recycling collections and bioplastics; and
  • The UK Plastics Pact - transforming the plastic waste system and tackling pollution.

Participation by policy officials

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; Civil Service Fast Stream; Defra; DfT; Department for International Trade; Food Standards Agency; MHCLG; National Infrastructure Commission; Ofwat; The Scottish Government and The Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

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*
*Subject to approval

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