The UK Circular Plastics Network (UKCPN) aims to bring together the diverse users of plastic products and realise the best means for reducing plastic waste entering the environment through a programme of networking and knowledge-sharing events and related support activities.
The Circular Plastics Network will create a coordinated, integrated and aligned community of stakeholders in order to share best practice, focused on unlocking the most critical, short term barriers to plastics circularity.
UKCPN will facilitate the following:
- Eliminating the volume of plastic waste arising from within the UK.
- Raising awareness and sharing best practice to improve the rate of UK plastic recycling.
- Sharing best practice to reduce levels of confusion amongst citizens and highlighting user-centred design.
- Showcasing innovation that is focused on reducing the amount of plastic ending up in the environment.
UKCPN is an activity supported by UK Research and Innovation, and forms part of the Plastics Research Innovation Fund (PRIF), which is engaging Britain’s best scientists and innovators to help move the country towards more circular economic and sustainable approaches to plastics.
The launch of UKCPN will bring to light the current situation regarding plastics and work to improve the country’s relationship with plastic and towards reducing plastic waste. This two-year programme brings together those with solutions to the problem and facilitates circular supply chain engagement with those solutions. More than 12 events will be undertaken throughout the UK over the next two years, while there will also be a website for the community to interact with one another (launching in early 2019). As well as this, a directory of companies relevant to this sector will be produced and encompassed in a larger landscape map accessible to all of the UK Circular Plastic members.
Upcoming Events in Plastics:
Wed 27th – Thu 28th Feb: Packaging Innovations, NEC Birmingham (UKCPN in attendance)
Thu 28th Feb: Plastics in Construction, South Bank University, London
Thu 7th Mar – Fri 8th Mar: Identiplas, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London
Wed 3rd Apr – Thu 11th Apr: Plastics Recycling Show, Amsterdam
Wed 22nd May – Sat 25th May: Plastpol Kielce, Poland
Tue 11th Jun – Wed 12th Jun: Plastics Design & Moulding, Manchester
Wed 19th Jun: SCI – Plastics from Cradle to Grave, London
Membership of the UK Circular Plastics Network is free and will allow you free attendance at any of the scheduled events in the Network up until December 2020 (subject to availability). Please indicate on registration if you wish for your organisation to be listed on The Plastics Landscape Map (coming soon – an interactive tool for discovering companies working in the circular plastics space, innovations in progress, sector reports and more). Please also indicate whether you wish to keep up to date with news on UKCPN through its dedicated newsletter.