Posted: 08/09/2022


Plastics resource efficiency and recycling charity, RECOUP, highlight that their annual Conference on Thursday 29th September at KingsGate Conference Centre, Peterborough, will provide a platform to discuss the pressures currently felt by UK reprocessors and manufacturers in terms of rising costs and lack of clarity around extended producer responsibility and other associated policies.

The event which attracts close to 500 delegates is to be moderated by author and journalist, Tom Heap.  Heap penned “39 Ways to Save the Planet”, and hosts Sky News’s weekend editions of “The Daily Climate Show”, Radio 4’s “Costing the Earth” as well as being a regular reporter on the BBC’s “Countryfile”, and he is sure to bring his own perspective on environmental pressures and progress towards addressing citizen concerns.

Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director at Berry, said Berry BPI Recycled Products supports 100% the excellent work RECOUP continues to do promoting and encouraging recycling of plastic packaging in the UK. However, all stakeholders need to realise this will not be easy in the short and medium term, the massive increase in electricity costs puts UK recyclers at a disadvantage. Lack of clarity over the timescales for EPR, together with unanswered questions on future Government legislation is also leading to real concerns with recyclers and collectors.”

RECOUP, through thier work with community groups and citizens, draw attention to the fact that individuals do not generally understand that recycling is normally a commercial enterprise. Confusion arises with the misconception that the recycling costs are already covered by their household Council tax.

Stuart Foster, CEO, RECOUP, commented “a reality check is needed around the impact of significantly increasing costs associated with recovery, transportation and reprocessing of plastics, and other materials. There is more pressure than ever to deliver environmental and circular aspirations, but the economics of re-use and recycling systems must be viable and sustainable, and this is where the right policies and support packages can really help.  RECOUP is really looking forward to hearing what the Conference panelists add to the debate.”

Tickets for the Conference can be booked at

Anyone organisation wishing to join RECOUP as a member can find out more details by contacting