Key Points
  • Hear from DEFRA on government plans to reducing single use plastic nationally, both publicly and privately
  • Lean how public-private collaborations can support each other and develop successful strategies to create responsible towns and businesses
  • Take the opportunity to debate issues surrounding avoidable waste and give incentives to consumers to reduce their reliance on single use plastic
  • Minimise the damage caused to our natural environment by managing waste safely, carefully, and move toward a more circular economy


Overview

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Stuart Foster, CEO, Recoup
  • Representative, Resources, Waste and Plastics Strategy Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Nick Cliffe, Interim Deputy Director - Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, Innovate UK
  • Lee Marshall, CEO, LARAC
  • James Close, Head of the Circular Economy Programme, London Waste and Recycling Board
  • Dr David Greenfield, European External Affairs Spokesperson, The Circular Economy Club
  • Trewin Restorick, CEO, Hubbub
  • Dr. Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK
  • Rachel Yates, Plastic Free Communities Project Officer, Surfers Against Sewage
  • Jackie Young, Environment Plymouth and the Plastic Free Plymouth Campaign, Plymouth Council
  • Representative, Sustainable Merton’s Business Community Champions


The government has recently declared a climate emergency, setting out ambitions to reduce carbon emissions by 80%, as advised by the Committee on Climate Change, meaning it has never been more essential to tackle the unavoidable issue of plastic waste.

In the 25 Year Environment Plan, pledging to leave the environment in a better condition for the next generation, the UK has committed itself to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. The ban on single use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds by April 2020, aims to support this and move society away from the inefficient ‘linear’ economic model and toward a more circular economy.

DEFRA will be delivering a keynote on exploring future waste policy and changes to producer responsibilities in reducing single-use plastic.

Hear how Sustainable Merton’s #PlasticFreeMerton campaign is influencing local businesses and public consciousness to reduce their impact on the environment and create a more sustainable community now, and for future generations.

Join your peers to learn practical solutions to manage plastic waste and explore how public-private collaborations are working together in innovative ways to reduce single-use plastic encourage smart, circular, communities.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming remarks

 

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Stuart Foster CEO, RECOUP

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09:05 - 09:35
Keynote: Planning Legislation and Regulation for the Future in Order to Successfully Reduce Plastic Waste

 

  • Progress on the Resource and Waste Strategy for England and what can be learned so-far 
  • Discussing any further bans or restrictions that will be introduced order to supporting a circular economy – the actions needed for success.
  • Reviewing funding for waste management – ensuring costs are met in order to support everyone in tackling plastic waste
  • Acknowledging producer responsibility, including in packaging, and their response to future plans for regulation



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Resources, Waste and Plastics Strategy Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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09:25 - 09:40
Keynote 2: Insight into UKRI’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging and Delivering Cleaner Growth Across the Supply Chain by 2025

 
  • Tackling the challenge of plastic pollution in the environment through the development of a more sustainable plastic packaging value chain in the UK
  • Approaches to Eliminate Plastics Waste both in industry and within the publi
  • Bringing changes in the solving the plastic waste problem

    09:40 - 09:55 Joint Questions and Discussion

09:55 - 10:30
How Public and Private Collaboration can Deliver a Cleaner Future

 

  • Exploring how collaborations can reduce waste generated and learning from proven initiatives to improve recycling rates
  • Reducing our reliance on single-use plastic: current measures being taken

    Questions and Discussion: 10:30 - 10:50

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Sustainable Merton’s Business Community Champions

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Jackie Young Environment Plymouth and the Plastic Free Plymouth campaign

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10:50 - 11:20
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:20 - 11:40
Gearing Toward a Circular Economy through Policies and Strategies

 

  • Discussing how a policy framework with local authorities, education, and businesses can accelerate the transition to a circular economy
  • Embedding the circular economy in university curriculums and supporting start-up companies to implement circular practices, through mentoring, funding and communication

    Questions and Discussion: 11:40 - 11:50

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Dr David Greenfield European External Affairs Spokesperson, The Circular Economy Club

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11:50 - 12:40
Learning from Successful Initiatives that have Limited and Managed Plastic Waste

 

  • Speaking to other local authorities and public bodies in order to boost continuity in managing single use plastic
  • How councils and public bodies can tackle waste collection on limited budgets. 

    Questions and Discussion: 12:30 - 12:50

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Lee Marshall CEO, LARAC

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Trewin Restorick Co-Founder and CEO, Hubbub UK and Founder, Global Action Plan

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12:40 - 13:00
Influencing the Public to Contribute to Tackling Plastic Production and Waste

 
  • Understanding how engaging with individuals and the community through collaborative campaigns can change behaviour
  • Campaigning and lobbying the government to encourage all companies to reduce the use of plastic in their products and packaging 

    Joint Questions and Discussion: 13:00 - 13:15

13:15 - 13:25
Chair Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Resources, Waste and Plastics Strategy Team, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Sustainable Merton’s Business Community Champions

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Nick Cliffe Innovation Lead for Advanced Materials, Innovate UK

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James Close Head of the Circular Economy Programme, London Waste and Recycling Board

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Stuart Foster CEO, RECOUP

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Dr David Greenfield European External Affairs Spokesperson, The Circular Economy Club

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Lee Marshall CEO, LARAC

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Trewin Restorick Co-Founder and CEO, Hubbub UK and Founder, Global Action Plan

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Jackie Young Environment Plymouth and the Plastic Free Plymouth campaign

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Venue details

Central London


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