BBIA Spring Meeting 2022

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The annual Spring meeting of the BBIA returns in person hosted by the SCI in Belgravia. The meeting falls at a critical moment for Government policy and the future development of those industries represented by the BBIA making renewable (bio-based) and certified biodegradable products and materials.

Discussion will include:

  • What will Government reforms to the resources and waste sector mean for the role of compostable plastics?
  • How will we create a world-leading food waste management system?
  • How will we avoid plastic pollution to soils?
  • What is the industry doing to overcome its market challenges?
  • Will the Government recognise the role of renewable feedstocks and organic recycling as a contributor to lower GHG emissions?
  • What scientific progress is being made to drive innovation?
  • How does all this fit into the wider picture of what is happening around the world? What are the opportunities for GB PLC?

The afternoon is divided into three sessions with a coffee break and time for networking over a glass of wine. We look forward to a stimulating, interactive discussion with questions from the audience to speakers throughout the afternoon. 



13:30 – 15:20  First Session – Policy

Interview with the Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change

Jacob Hayler, Managing Director, Environmental Services Association – What do the reforms of EPR mean for the waste industry?

David Taylor – Director, Greater Manchester Waste Authority

Jane Gilbert, Co-Author UNFAO report Assessment of agricultural plastics and their sustainability: A call for action

Dominic Hogg,  Equanimator Ltd – Problems in the Reporting of GHG Emissions from ‘Waste’: Indicators and Inventories

Henri Allen – A Plastic Planet – The Compostable Conundrum – when is it the right time to use a compostable material

Ellen Fay – Sustainable Soil Alliance – UK soil policy development 


15:20 – 15:40 Coffee Break


15:40 – 16:25 Overcoming the challenges of infrastructure 45 minutes

James Wallace – BIOPAK and the Compost Connect collection system

Lucy Frankel – VEGWARE collection systems

Kate Stansfield – ENVAR, the Cambridge experience – co collecting and composting food waste and compostables

Tony Breton – Chair Cre’ The Brown Bin Scheme in Ireland

Georgia Phetmanh – REAL Schemes Ltd – Composting compostables in the UK project and how to close the loop


16:25 – 17:20 Frontiers of innovation

Dr Nick Cliffe – Deputy Challenge Director – Smart Sustainable Plastics Packaging, UK Research and Innovation

Professor Mark Miodownik – UCL

Dr Mark Bustard – Director IBIOIC Scotland

Dr Paul Mines, Chair, IBLF


17:20 – 17:30 Conclusions

Andy Sweetman Chair BBIA 

17:30 onwards drinks and networking


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All BBIA members have one place free of charge; all public employees are free of charge; all others pay a fee of £60.

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