Countryfile’s Tom Heap to Visit Peterborough

Date Published: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Tom Heap, BBC Countryfile & BBC Radio 4 'Costing the earth', will be appearing at the RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference, on 26th September 2019.   Heap stated “the quality of debate and presentations I’m sure will not disappoint, and I am delighted to be invited to moderate the headline session. Opportunities and issues are moving at pace, and it promises to be a great day which will continue to challenge the status quo within the plastics resource and recycling space.”

Concerns have been raised with regard to end markets for farm plastics which is not confined to the obvious bale film to feed bags, baler twine, plant trays and chemical containers.   It is currently estimated that over 80,000 tonnes of plastic used in UK farming annually.   With changes to Environmental law dictating that farmers can no longer ‘bury or burn’ their plastic waste there are now limited options for disposal. 

This situation was highlighted recently with concern aired on the lack of reprocessing facilities within the UK on the BBC’s Countryfile.   Coupled with recent coverage on BBC2’s Gardeners World on the issue of plant pot recyclability, there is certainly a need to cover, not only the recyclability of plastics used within these sectors but the wider conundrums facing the supply chain within the horticulture and gardening sectors.  

In response to the growing issue of farm and horticulture plastics, RECOUP have added a session titled ‘The growing issue of farm and horticultural plastics’.  Speakers include James Clark, Director of Policy and Comms at the HTA; Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, RPC bpi-products and Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager Commercial Team, The Co-op and Judy Proctor, E&B Future Regulation Plastics Strategy Lead, Environment Agency.

Stuart Foster, RECOUP CEO noted that “there is a real sense of anticipation with the potential developments and improvements on the horizon through the Resources and Waste Strategy. But we are also very aware that short term actions are still needed while the longer-term policy is being finalised. We will continue to deliver on the aims of RECOUP, show leadership and be the voice of reason not just for plastics in packaging, but in other sectors too such as construction, farming and horticulture.” 


The RECOUP Plastics Recycling Conference will be held on Thursday, 26th September 2019 and is now open for registration at, there are discount tickets available for local Chamber of Commerce members, and interested parties from the farming and construction sectors.  Please contact for further details.    

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