Building a Circular Economy: The Future of Recycling | IPT
Chair: Ruth Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Air Quality
Speaker: Helen Jordan, Senior Recycling Issues Executive, British Plastics Federation
Speaker: David Bellamy, Senior Environment Policy Manager, Food and Drink Federation
Speaker: Dr Jiawei Wang, Aston Institute for Advanced Materials, Aston University
Virtual Event


Tuesday 27 April 2021


This is an online event

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Household recycling levels have quadrupled since the turn of the century and there has been a 70% fall in carbon emissions from the waste sector compared to 1990 levels. The Committee for Climate Change has advised greater support for local authorities by investing in national recycling infrastructure and called for local authorities to deliver a uniform and separated waste and recycling collection by 2022-24. It is estimated that four million tonnes of plastic is produced every year in the UK, nearly half of which is packaging, with 1.2 million tonnes recycled. The majority of plastic used is made from new rather than recycled plastic. The Government has a 70% recycled target throughout England by 2030 and has confirmed that a selection of targets from the EU’s Circular Economy Package will be transposed into UK Government targets. At the 2020 Budget the Government confirmed that a plastic packaging tax will go ahead, taxing £200 per tonnes of plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled materials. The Environment Bill also contains proposals on deposit return scheme consistency in recycling and a ‘polluter pays’ principle. How can government and industry work together to ensure the UK builds a more circular, less wasteful approach to recycling and waste? 

This event will: 

  • Consider how to build a more circular economy approach to waste and materials 
  • Discuss what infrastructure investments will be required to boost recycling and reprocessing in the UK 
  • Explore future approaches to the export of waste 
  • Examine how to create a consistent approach across local authorities and devolved boundaries