Plastics Resources and Recycling: Opportunities & Challenges Within Films and Flexible Plastics


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Opportunities & Challenges Within Films and Flexible Plastics
Wednesday 9 September 2020

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Carole Taylor, Chair of LARAC

Carole became Chair of LARAC in January 2018 having been on the LARAC Executive as their North West Regional Rep since 2002. The role of LARAC Chair came after completing just over 18 months as one of LARAC’s Vice Chairs, along with being their Treasurer in the past.

The LARAC Chair’s role is a secondment for one day a week, and the rest of the week Carole works as Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator at Pendle Council, a Waste Collection Authority in Lancashire, responsible for waste policy/promotional work across the borough. She has worked there since 2003, having been in Local Government for over 31 years, 28 of which in waste management at both district and county council level.

Carole has an MSc in Waste Management attained at the University of Central Lancashire and is also a Chartered Waste Manager. In her spare time she volunteers at a local food bank and is secretary on the committee.

Alison Bramfitt, Group Packaging Manager, Nestlé UK and Ireland

Alison has spent over 15 years in the packaging industry and has worked for both large retail and FMCG businesses. She has held a number of roles in Nestlé and is currently the Group Packaging Manager for Nestlé UK and Ireland, driving the packaging sustainability agenda. She is a board member of INCPEN and is on DEFRA’s Advisor Committee for Packaging (ACP).

Helen Bird, Strategic Engagement Manager, WRAP

Helen has always had a passion for sustainability and has worked in resource management for 12 years, and has been at WRAP for 10 years. She oversees The UK Plastics Pact, a whole chain approach to tackling plastic waste. She is a key spokesperson and leads many of the technical work streams of the Pact including: eliminating unnecessary/problematic plastics, recyclability and composting, flexibles, recycled content and end markets.

She has overseen WRAP’s work on Consistency in Household Recycling – a whole chain initiative to increase recycling, improve material quality, provide opportunities for collaborative procurement and efficiency savings, all while increasing the consistency in materials collected from householders.  Her experience and expertise covers local authority collections, sorting and reprocessing and citizen engagement.Prior to settling in the field of sustainability, Helen held Marketing roles, including in the food manufacturing sector.

Ton Emans, President, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Ton Emans is President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) and Director Group Recycling in CeDO, with more than 25 years of experience in plastic recycling industry. Holding a Master of Science in occupational health and safety, his career started in DSM, Netherlands. His roles changed as the company underwent transitions and in 2004 was named Supply Chain Managing Director of CeDo Group. In 2009 he was named Vice-President and in 2011 the President of PRE.

László Székely, VP Head of Plastics Applications, TOMRA Sorting Solutions.

After completing his waste management and contaminated site treatment studies at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), László Székely started his career in 2012 in business development and sales at the company TITECH GmbH, today known as TOMRA Sorting Recycling, where he currently holds the role of VP, Head of Plastics Applications. His responsibilities include, among others, analysis and development of new markets within the plastic recycling business, as well as internal and external consulting work and technical support for other departments and other countries (e.g. Sales, Marketing). In 2014 László Székely was involved in the planning and construction of the first two automatic MSW sorting plants (municipal solid waste) in Hungary.


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