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Plastics 101
An Introduction to Plastics, Resources and Recycling seminar on
Wednesday 25 September 3pm-5pm at Orton Hall Hotel.

*** Please note this seminar needs to be booked seperately on Eventbrite. ***


Thursday 26 September 2019

8.30am – Registration & Networking Breakfast

9.00am – Conference Opening Address 

  • Stuart Foster, CEO, RECOUP

9.30am - SESSION ONE: Plastics Recycling & Resources: How are we delivering on the promise? 

Chair - Tom Heap, BBC Countryfile & BBC Radio 4 'Costing the earth'

Speakers include;

  • Liz Smith, Global Packaging Director HairCare, Unilever
  • Julian Kirby, Lead Plastic Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
  • Chris Hanlon, Commercial Manager, Biffa Polymers
  • Carsten Larson, Recycling Director, Dow Europe GmbH
  • James Bull, Head of Packaging, Tesco
  • Peter Maddox, Wrap UK Director, WRAP

11.30am - 2 minute signpost session includes updates from;

  • Susan Jay, Business and Markets Manager, WRAP Cymru
  • Venetia Spencer, Secretary General, PCEP
  • Nick Cliffe, Deputy Director - SSPP, Innovate UK / UK Circular Plastics Network
  • Ian Fearnley, Technical and application development, Eastman Chemical
  • Duncan Midwood, CEO, Cryptocycle Limited
  • James Beard, Recycling Services Manager, Valpak
  • Sophie Gilham, Commercial Operations Manager, Recycling Technologies Ltd 
  • Paul East, Packaging Sustainability Manager, RECOUP
  • BPF - Speaker TBC

12 noon - LUNCH

1.00pm - SESSION TWO - 

Option A:             Plastics Recycling & Resources: Collaborations from across the packaging value chain

Chair - Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN

Speakers include;

  • Spencer Johnston, Regional CEO, Faerch UK Ltd
  • Gian De Belder, Packaging Technologist, P&G
  • Paul Davidson, Sr. Engineer - Market Development and Technical Service – Sustainability, SABIC
  • Rick Smith, NPD Film Manager, COVERIS

Option B:             Plastics Recycling & Resources: Unlocking the Potential of collection infrastructure

Chair - Carole Taylor, Chair, LARAC

Speakers include;

  • Helen McFarlane, Restaurant Sustainability, McDonald’s UK & Ireland Supply Chain
  • Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Trevor Nicoll, Assistant Director - Waste Resources, Greater Cambridge Shared Waste
  • Jane Bevis, Executive Chair, OPRL Ltd

Option C:             Plastics Recycling & Resources: The growing issue of farm and horticultural plastics

Chair - Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, Berry BPI Recycled Products

Speakers include;

  • Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager Commercial Team – Food Policy, The Co-op
  • Liam Moloney, Manager, IFFPG/EPRO Agriculture Working Group
  • James Clark, Director of Policy and Comms, Horticultural Trades Association
  • Judy Proctor, National Plastics Strategy Lead, Environment Agency

Option D:             Plastics Recycling & Resources: Building a sustainable circular future in construction

Chair - Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd

Speakers include;

  • Lynne Potter, Sustainability Manager, Mace Group 
  • Anna Surgenor, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council
  • Matt Nichols, Divisional Director, Reconomy
  • More speakers to follow

2.15pm – Break

2.30pm - SESSION THREE: Plastics Recycling & Resources: The Reality of a Responsible Plastic Future

Chair - Margaret Bates, Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management, University of Northampton

Speakers include;

  • Gavin Ellis, Director, Hubbub UK
  • Dan Cooke, Group Head of Sustainability, Virdor
  • Emma Beal, Managing Director, West London Waste Authority
  • Robbie Staniforth, Head of Policy, Ecosurety
  • Christopher Hillman, Head of Social Innovation & Sustainability, Danone
  • Mike Webster, Chief Executive, WasteAid

3.50pm – Closing Thoughts

4.00pm - Finish


A full programme of speakers, topics and timings will be sent direct to you before the day.

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