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Priorities for UK waste and recycling policy and developing the circular economy

30 October 2017

A seminar, on 18 January 2018 in central London, will discuss the next steps for waste management, recycling and the circular economy in the UK. The discussion will be relevant to those involved in packaging and manufacturing and will cover the importance of reducing waste and implementing circular economy processes in businesses and the supply chain. 

Speakers at the event will include Peter Clayson, business development and external affairs manager, DS Smith and Henry le Fleming, assistant director, sustainability and climate change, PwC. The event will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to consider policy priorities and practical action for reducing waste production.

The discussion takes place in the context of developments including:

• The anticipated publication of a waste and resource efficiency report by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, which will analyse how to transform the discussion on waste, reduce material usage and improve the UK economy’s resilience to material and commodity shocks;

• The recent announcement of a new Waste Infrastructure Analysis study that will form part of the NIC’s National Infrastructure Assessment, due for publication in 2018;

• Reports that the Chinese  Government is proposing to impose restrictions on importing recyclable material from the UK from December;

• Findings that local authority recycling  rates have stalled in the UK;

• EU proposals to introduce measures to raise recycling targets to 70% by 2030; and

• The launch of the world’s first Circular Economy Standards.

Delegates will examine the latest initiatives for improving recycling and waste management at a local level; the experiences of devolved authorities; and key priorities for improving waste collection processes, developing incentives and engagement strategies, encouraging innovation and reducing plastic waste.

Further sessions will discuss the outlook for transitioning towards a more sustainable economy and implementing the Circular Economy Package. Attendees will also consider the potential legal and regulatory impact of Brexit, utilising energy-from-waste and managing e-waste.

Overall, areas for discussion will include the next steps for waste and recycling in the UK; the outlook for local waste management and recycling, including opportunities for innovation and engagement; and devolved perspectives on waste management and the circular economy; future legal and regulatory issues as a consequence of Brexit; implementing circular economy principles in the UK; and policy priorities for waste management and the circular economy.

The draft agenda is available to download from:

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