Plastics Resources and Recycling: Opportunities & Challenges Within Reuse and Refillable Strategies

Thursday 08 October, 10:00 - 11:45 am

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Trevor Nicoll, President of CIWM
Trevor is the President of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Head of Environment Services for South Cambridgeshire District Council, and Head of Shared Waste for the Greater Cambridge Waste Service a strategic partnership between Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.  Trevor has extensive experience of issues affecting waste services in local authorities, including insourcing recycling collections from the contractor, procuring waste treatment contracts and collection vehicles, operating trade waste services and delivering efficiencies during highly austere times for local authorities.  Trevor also has experience in the operational data management, circular economy and carbon reduction activities.

Libby Peake, Head of Resource Policy, Green Alliance.
Libby Peake is head of resource policy at Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. She works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for business thinking on resource efficient policies, which has advocated for a systemic approach to tackling plastic pollution. Much of her current research is focused on driving the right innovations and infrastructure to encourage both reductions in energy use and improvements in resource use. Her recent reports include Building a circular economy: how a new approach to infrastructure can put an end to waste, and Plastic promises: what the grocery sector is really doing about packaging. She is an expert and trusted commentator on topics including: plastic; ecodesign; chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling. 

Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications, TerraCycle and Loop Europe.
Stephen Clarke is the Head of Communications for TerraCycle and Loop Europe.  His role is to oversee the communications strategy and PR teams for both TerraCycle Europe and Loop Europe.  This involves the development and implementation of both reactive and pro-active media relations campaigns, promoting TerraCycle and Loop’s work and recycling / reuse initiatives. He also acts as the media spokesperson for both TerraCycle and Loop in the UK.  He has worked for TerraCycle since 2011.

Trewin Restorick, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hubbub.
Trewin Restorick is Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK www.hubbub.org.uk which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good.
Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity.  Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors.  He has Chaired Student Hubs http://www.studenthubs.org/ and been a trustee for the New Economics Foundation
Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business.  Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked at Plymouth City Council and produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else. 

Catherine Conway, Founder and Director, Unpackaged Innovation.
Catherine’s career has spanned both the private and Third Sectors, but always focussing on the interplay of how business interacts with, and supports, the society in which it operates. Catherine has worked within the field of Corporate Social Responsibility for nearly 20 years, first promoting sustainable tourism before moving closer to home running corporate community involvement programmes.
Before the concepts of zero waste and the circular economy had developed, Catherine could see that there was a problem with the amount of plastic packaging being used in our modern lives. A true innovator, Catherine set-up Unpackaged in 2006 as the world’s first modern zero waste shop, which has since developed into a leading consultancy with clients such as Waitrose, Planet Organic, Lush, Farmdrop, River Cottage and a host of smaller independent brands and retailers.
With the issues surrounding single-use packaging pollution now firmly in the public spotlight, Catherine is one of the leading voices in field, often quoted in the press from The Guardian to the BBC and Sky News. 

 



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