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RWM 2019: Packaging Theatre

Join the discussions on key topics with industry experts and colleagues.

The UK’s largest recycling and waste management event, RWM 2019, is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on the 11 and 12 September. It comprises of 500 pioneering exhibitors, 350 expert-led seminars, and 6 Zones and registration is free

At the 2019 exhibition, Valpak is sponsoring and organising the speaker line up for the Packaging Theatre, and the agenda is as follows:

Agenda - 11 September

Day 1



10:30- 11:00

EPR Consultation - Next Steps

Changes to the UK packaging producer responsibility system to fully embrace extended producer responsibility will affect the industry in a variety of ways. Linda Crichton of Defra will feedback on the recent EPR Packaging Consultation, how these changes will shape the future for producers and government’s next steps

11:15 - 12:15

The Big Packaging Debate - Plastic Tax vs EPR

How will the landscape of packaging be shaped by the Plastic Tax and Extended Producer Responsibility and what are the potential impacts of both? Panellists debate what the effects will be on industry and the Earth. Laura Tainsh (Davidson Chalmers Stewart) David Newman (BBIA) Sam Chetan-Welsh (Greenpeace)

12:30 - 13:00

Compliance Abroad - Online Sales, Packaging Trends & the French System

If you are exporting outside of the UK, you may be affected by producer responsibility regulations in Europe and beyond. UK based companies selling even one product to household end users can be obligated by packaging waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment and/or waste batteries legislation. This presentation incorporates two leading European Packaging Compliance Schemes talking about the challenges faced across Europe and the changes being implemented. Fiona Thompson (Valpak Limited), Axel Darut (Citeo)

13:15 - 13:45

Consistency and the Local Authority Perspective

Dan Roberts highlights the consistency agenda and works through LARAC’s response to the consultation. Dan Roberts (LARAC)

14:00 - 14:30

Engaging Consumers -
Behaviour Change and Compelling Campaigns

How do organisations and companies encourage participation in recycling programmes and generate excitement around campaigns? Panellists discuss challenges in getting consumers and industry players on board.  Stuart Foster (RECOUP), Gareth Morton (Eunomia), Lucy Kirkup (Terracycle)


14:45 - 15:15

Materials Markets and Navigating Towards a Circular Economy for Plastics

A current market overview as well as exploring the macro Environmental factors shaping the plastics recycling supply chain – navigating our way to a circular economy for plastics. Jonathan Williams (Valpak Limited), Mike Jefferson (Verde Consulting)

15:30 - 16:15

Devolved Administrations

What is going on with reforms in Wales, Scotland, England and how do they collaborate and differ? Brian Mayne (Ricardo), Adrian Bond (Zero Waste Scotland), Linda Crichton (Defra)

Agenda - 12 September

Day 2



10:15 - 10:45

Ocean Plastic - Henderson Island Clean-Up and Insight

Taking a step back from legislation, we speak about just why and how people are changing the planet for the better. James Beard (Valpak Limited) Geoff Brighty (Plastic Oceans UK)

11:00 - 11:30

EPR Reform – Valpak’s PackFlow 2025 Projection and the Challenges Facing Producers

An update on the issues carried from the report into consultations and industry feedback. How can companies work together to find common ground for progress? Paul Vanston (Incpen), Peter Mitchell (Valpak Limited)

11:45 - 12:15

Consumer Research

How is the industry conducting research on consumers and packaging, including the benefits and challenges involved. Steve Morgan (RECOUP)

12:30 - 13:00

Technology Innovation - 100% Aluminium Recycling and the Barriers to Innovation

How have metallurgy organisations developed innovative processes to improve recycling rates and reduce waste? Linda Ovens (Entec), Marcel Arsand (Ball Co)

13:15 - 14:15

Big Debate – Can DRS Deliver?

Chaired by Valpak’s Peter Mitchell, panellists come together to debate the benefits and drawbacks of implementing a deposit return scheme. Peter Mitchell (Valpak Limited), David Barnes (Zero Waste Scotland), Carole Taylor (LARAC), Dave Dalton (British Glass)

14:30 - 15:00

Innovation in Packaging Design

How is Valpak's packaging data helping companies report on product and supply chains and identify key areas for packaging change. Josh Remi (Valpak Limited)