UK Plastics Reprocessing - Infrastructure & investment for the circular economy

Written by: Julia Pugh-Cook | Published:

Developing domestic plastics reprocessing capacity is an essential part of achieving recycling goals - but it’s a complex market.

09.30 Welcome and introduction

Richard McKinlay, Head of Consulting, Axion Conference Chair

Political, economic and commercial environment

09.40 Answers from the consultations and next steps

Defra speaker confirmed

10.05 Laying down the capacity challenge – what does the market need to do to meet the targets?

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP

10.30 How Veolia is responding to changing policies, market conditions, technical developments.

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Veolia

10.55 Refreshments

11.20 What challenges are we currently facing with plastics recycling and what solutions and partnerships do we see emerging?

Speaker invited

11.45 Plastics rPET producer – responses to DRS, EPR and how to meet recycling commitments.

Kinza Sutton, Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Europe, Plastipak

12.10 Why larger and sustainable markets for recycled plastics must be found.

Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, RPC bpi group

12.35 Discussion

Panel guest

13.00 Lunch

Encouraging investment

13.45 Aiming for excellence - Welsh policies and strategies to accelerate the shift to a circular economy.

Susan Jay, Sector Specialist, WRAP

14.10 New business models for success in the circular economy and the advantages over traditional linear economics.

Keith Freegard, Keith Freegard Consulting

14.35 Industry debate - what do we need to do to generate an environment to encourage investment into reprocessing infrastructure?

Panel guests include Hugh Unwin, Greencoat Capital; Adrian Hawkes, Policy director, Valpak

15.30 Refreshments

Development projects and partnerships

15.55 Development projects and the shape of future capacity investment

Nick Cliffe, Head of Advanced Materials, Innovate UK

16.15 Cracking the mixed plastics problem, using pyrolysis for polymer outputs

Adrian Haworth, Market Strategy Consultant, Recycling Technologies

16.35 Chemical recycling of mixed waste plastic – current results and projected development

Cloé Ragot, Policy Advisor or Carlos Monreal, CEO, Plastic Energy

16.55 Chairman’s round-up and next steps

17.00 Close of conference

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