Reusing, Rethinking and Reducing Waste: Creating a Circular Economy | IPT
Chair: Selaine Saxby MP, Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee
Speaker: Lorna Catling, Corporate Affairs Director, Pet Nutrition UK, Mars UK
Dinner Discussion


Monday 20 May 2024


House of Commons

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With estimates suggesting that 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging are thrown away by UK households a year, the transition from a linear to a circular economy is essential to reducing waste and achieving net zero. A circular economy closes the loop by turning waste into resource through reusables, compostables and recycling, with policies such as Deposit Return Schemes and Extended Producer Responsibility already being introduced. Calculations from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimate that UK business could save £23bn per year simply through resource efficiency and research suggests that a circular economy could add £75bn to the UK economy, reduce 33 million tonnes of C02 emissions per year and create up to half a million new jobs by 2030. With an ever-growing amount of plastic, electrical, textile and food waste, how can the UK close the loop to improve the efficiency of resources, reduce carbon and grow the economy?

This event will:

  • Discuss how we can encourage consumer participation in a circular economy.
  • Examine how to make the most of the opportunities for innovation to decarbonise and improve supply chain resilience.
  • Consider how we can ensure that SMEs are included in the transition to a circular economy.