Plastic waste reduction and recycling - a cross-sector challenge

This half-day workshop will consider the challenge of tackling plastic waste and drive recycling, looking at the scope for cross-sector collaboration in these areas.

The workshop will feature speakers from Government, the retail and packaging industries, as well as the not-for-profit sector, looking at the interaction between policy on plastics and recycling, the impact on business, consumers and the environment.

The programme is still in development, and a complete list of confirmed speakers will be made available shortly. You will hear from:

  • Chris Preston, Deputy Director Waste and Recycling, Defra: Chris will give an outline of the policy framework for reducing plastic waste and drive recycling targets in the context of the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Autumn Budget. He will make a few observations on international demands for collective action on recycling and managing plastic waste.
  • Louise Nicholls, Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability & Food Packaging, Marks & Spencer. Louise will give an overview of the impact of Government plastics policy on business, especially following the action on plastics stipulated in the Autumn Budget. She will also discuss what Marks & Spencer is doing to reduce waste and drive recycling targets, especially in reference to M&S’ sustainability framework, Plan A.
  • Helen Bird, Resource Management Specialist, wrap. Wrap works with business, government and the not-for-profit sector to improve resource efficiency. Helen will give an overview of the scope for cross-sector collaboration in this field. She will also discuss a the challenges and recommendations that came out of the recent Plastics Pact Summit.
  • Dr Arturo Castillo, Research Fellow, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College. Grantham Institute at Imperial College is one of the leading research and monitoring facilities working on climate and  environmental science. They support business and scientific innovation to help achieve sustainable goals, and have done a lot of work on plastics pollution, especially as part of the Ocean Plastic Solutions Network. Arturo will also give an overview of the partnerships and work that Grantham Institute at Imperial College has already done in this space. He will also talk about the urgency of the plastics problem and the implications for our supply chains and consumer habits.