The future of compostables in packaging

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As brands and retailers introduce compostable packaging into their product lines, the role of compostables has become subject to greater scrutiny. What benefits and challenges do these materials offer? Can they be recycled within the current waste system? What is their role within the wider question of resource management in the UK? How does all this fit into the UK policies being put forward in the Bioeconomy Strategy, the Resources and Waste Strategy, the Industrial Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan? Where do they fit in a reformed EPR system? What opportunities are there for new employment and industrial investments?

In this one-day meeting at Regent’s University, Central London, speakers will elaborate on recently published reports on the role of compostables and the development of the bioeconomy, whilst BBIA members will showcase brief five-minute presentations on their own products and activities. Then we will hear from some retailers on their strategies, how the waste industry is adapting and the challenges of collection and treatment. Finally, we will look at policy development going forward and trace a road map for the integration of compostables into packaging fit for the 21st century.

Speakers will include representatives from government, the waste management industry, retailers, soil, composting and AD industries, and the report authors and speakers from the BBIA.

The event is free of charge with limited places and the event is aimed specifically towards those who joined the Food Waste Alliance, is in the retail industry, food packaging, food waste collection and treatment, waste managers, policymakers.

Refreshments will be served during the course of the meeting.

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Session 1 9.30am-11.10am 

Chair: David Newman, BBIA Managing Director, welcome and introduction

  •  Jamie Pitcairn, Ricardo Energy and Environment, presentation of the report ‘Plastics in the Bioeconomy’
  • Lucy Montgomery, NNFCC, innovation, compostables and the bioeconomy
  • Simon Hann, Eunomia/WRAP, report on the role of compostables 

BBIA member presentations (Part 1)

  1. Tony Breton Novamont Italy
  2. Josie Morris Woolcool
  3. Paul Mines, BIOME Biotechnologies
  4. Lucy Frankel, Vegware
  5. Mark Shaw, Parkside Packaging Ltd

11.10 – 11.40 Coffee break

Session 2 11.30am-1pm

Chair: Professor Stephen Jenkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Josie de Metz, Lydon, The First Mile on their new collection service for compostable packaging in London and Birmingham
  • Charlotte Morton, ADBA, AD at the centre of the energy and food waste nexus
  • Charlie Trousdell, Chairman of ORG/REA, cradle to cradle for biowaste collections and treatment
  • Felix Gummer, Director of Sancroft International, reforming UK EPR and the role of compostables

Q&A with morning speakers

Lunch and networking 1.00pm-2.00pm

Session 3 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Chair: David Newman, BBIA Managing Director

What do BBIA members do ? (part 2)

  1. Mark Vergauwen, Natureworks
  2. Kevin Clarke, KCC Packaging
  3. Stuart Ball, AMN Marketing
  4. Gary Lee, TIPA Compostables
  5. Celmira Sousa, BASF, Biopolymers Packaging,
  • Sian Sutherland, Co-founder of A Plastic Planet, what does our Plastic Free label mean?
  • Andrew Thornton, Thorntons Budgens, Thorntons Budgens’ experience in reducing plastic packaging
  • Linda Crichton, Defra, policy: after the consultations, what next?
  • Sandy Martin MP, Shadow Minister of Environment
  • Andy Sweetman, BBIA Chairman, the roadmap for compostable packaging

Q&A with afternoon speakers

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