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Let’s talk about plastics reuse – when is it worth it?

Event details
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
9:30 am – 16:30 pm
This event is brought to you by The UK Circular Plastics Network and WRAP.

Creating a circular economy for plastics through the reuse of plastic packaging – when is it worth it and what opportunities can it bring in the fast moving consumer goods sector?


This free event will give you the insights to make more informed choices about re-use in your business.


Guest speakers will include:

Waitrose – Ben Thomas | Greenpeace – Louise Edge | Sheffield UniversitySarah Greenwood | Plus many more to be announced.


Eligibility: Attendees must be members of The UK Plastics Pact and/or UK Circular Plastics Network.


The event will be chaired by Peter Maddox Director at WRAP. Topics of discussion and debate will be:

  • Defining plastics reuse and what this means.
  • The benefits of plastics reuse and why is it important.
  • Plastics reuse in practice – presentations from organisations using reuse systems.
  • Understanding the barriers and opportunities to implementing reuse.


Lunch and refreshments will be provided but please note that all food will be vegetarian.


There will also be insight into government funding for this sector in a session delivered by Sally Beken of The UK Circular Plastics Network and Innovation Lead on the Sustainable Smart Plastic Packaging challenge at Innovate UK.



09:45-10:15 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:15-10:25 Welcome and aim of the day – Peter Maddox Director at WRAP

What is reuse? When is it worth it?
10:25-10:45 Leela Dilkes-Hoffman – Senior Research Analyst at Ellen MacArthur Foundation
10:45-11:05 Sarah Greenwood – Packaging technology expert/leader at Sheffield University
11:05-11:25 Louise Edge – European campaign coordinator at Greenpeace
11:25-11:45 Keith James – Government Account Manager at WRAP
11:45-12:05 Adisa Azapagic – Professor at University of Manchester
12:05-12:45 Panel discussion
12:45-13:45 Lunch

Case Studies – Reuse in practice
13:45-14:00 Ben Thomas – Environment manager at Waitrose
14:00-14:15 Stephen Clarke – Head of Communications at Terracycle
14:15-14:30 Alice Hooley – Owner at Refill and Replenish
14:30-14:45 Catherine Conway – Founder at Unpackaged
14:45-15:00 Stuart Chidley – Director at Beauty Kitchen
15:00-15:15 Josephine Liang – Co-Founder at CauliBox
15:15-16:00 Panel discussion
16:00-16:10 Opportunities for accessing funding; The smart plastic packaging challenge – Sally Beken, Innovation lead at Innovate UK
16:10-16:20 Summary and close


Follow the link below to find out more about this event and to register.

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