Over 14 months has passed since the government issued its roadmap to reforming the resources and waste sector. The first consultations concluded in May 2019 with responses from the government issued in July 2019, whilst the consultation on Biodegradability Standards closed in October. A second round of consultations on EPR, DRS, collections consistency and the Plastics Tax are expected in 2020 (and may even have been announced by the time we meet here).
Meanwhile, Parliament unanimously agreed to a binding net carbon zero target for 2050. And two not insignificant events will also occur before 20 February 2020 – a new government will have been elected and the outcome of Brexit will have been decided: either done and dusted or another referendum.
Over the course of this day together, we will try to understand the certainties and the uncertainties we all face in coming to conclusions on the primary issues regarding waste, packaging, consumer behaviour, bioeconomy and circular economy, issues that will shape investments, employment, technologies and services over the next 15 to 20 years.
The event is free of charge for public sector representatives and BBIA members. For all others the cost will be £65 (inclusive of VAT). Refreshments will be served over the course of the meeting.
Introduction and welcome
Session 1 9.30am-10.30am – POLICIES
Keynote: Setting the scene – Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia research and consulting
The Policy Panel: Defra, BEIS, HMT
Coffee break 10.30am-11am
Session 2 11am-12pm – WASTE MANAGEMENT
Keynote: Felix Gummer, Director, Sancroft International
The Waste Management Panel: Suez, ESA, Viridor, CIWM, LARAC
Session 3 – 12pm-1pm –MATERIAL RECOVERY
Keynote: Marking and labelling – clarity for consumers and processors – Jane Bevis, Chair, OPRL
The Materials Recovery Panel: RECOUP, CPI, WRAP
Lunch break 1pm-2pm
Session 4 – 2pm-3pm – ORGANICS RECOVERY
Keynote: Inputs and outputs for food waste recovery – Kathryn Nichols and Judy Proctor, the Environment Agency
The Organics Recovery Panel: ADBA, ORG/REA, BBIA
Session 5 – 3pm-4pm – PACKAGING
Keynote: Resolving the challenge of packaging and consumer expectations – Paula Chin, SustainableMaterials Specialist, WWF
The Retailer Panel: Co-op, Aldi, Tesco, Marks and Spencer