The future of compostables in packaging

/The future of compostables in packaging
Loading Events

Click here to register and reserve your place for this event.

This event explores the opportunity for using compostable packaging as UK retailers, producers and hospitality industry transition to a low-carbon economy.

The one-day conference at Regent’s University, Central London, will bring together leading experts in this field. The event will include:

  • presentation of ‘Plastics in the Bioeconomy’, a new report by Ricardo Energy & Environment for the Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBNet) examining the scope for compostable packaging
  • analysis of the recent report made by the University of Plymouth on biodegradation of certain materials in the open and marine environments
  • presentation by WRAP and Eunomia on their new research into the role and scope of compostables relative to the targets of the Plastic Pact
  • retailer perspectives on the challenges, barriers and opportunities of compostable packaging
  • briefing on the infrastructure for treatment and recovery of compostable packaging
  • discussion examining the link between compostable packaging, food waste and soil quality in the UK
  • the roadmap so compostables and plastic packaging do not contaminate one another, including collection and labeling
  • review of the current stage in the consultation process relative to the reforms outlined by the Resources and Waste Strategy

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.

Please visit the conference Eventbrite page here to reserve your place.


Session 1 10am-11.30am 

10.00 – 10.10. David Newman, BBIA Managing Director, welcome and introduction to the meeting

10.10 – 10.30 Jamie Pitcairn, Ricardo Energy and Environment, presentation of the report Plastics in the Bioeconomy

10.30 – 10.50 Professor Lynsay Blake, Durham University The Sustainable Soils Alliance, soil, climate change and packaging

10.50 – 11.10 Adrian Higson, research, feedstocks and the potential of biotechnologies in the UK

11.10 – 11.30 Coffee Break

Session 2 11.30am-1pm

11.3012.00 – Simon Hann, Eunomia/WRAP – The opportunities and challenges of compostables in meeting the targets of the Plastic Pact

12.00pm-13.00pm – BBIA member presentations (Part 1)

  1. Tony Breton Novamont Italy
  2. Josie Morris Woolcool
  3. Lucy Frankel, Vegware
  4. Paul Mines, BIOME Biotechnologies
  5. Kevin Clarke KCC Packaging
  6. Stuart Ball AMN Marketing

Lunch and networking 1.00pm-1.45pm

Session 3 1.45pm – 4.00pm

1.45 -2.15 What do BBIA members do ? (part 2)

  1. Gary Lee TIPA Compostables
  2. Mark Shaw, Parkside Packaging
  3. Mark Vergauwen, Natureworks

2.15-2.35  Charlotte Morton ADBA, AD at the centre of the energy and food waste nexus

2.35 -2.55 Charlie Trousdell Chairman ORG/REA, cradle to cradle for biowaste collections and treatment

2.55-3.15 Linda Crichton DEFRA, policy: after the consultations, what next?

3.15 -3.30 Sandy Martin MP, Shadow Minister of the Environment

3.30-4.00 Andy Sweetman BBIA Chairman, the roadmap for compostable packaging in the UK

4.00 -4.20  Q&A afternoon speakers