UK Circular Plastics Packaging,

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12-13 Mar, 2024 - Manchester, HYBRID

Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre

About our Event Speakers

We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.

Speakers at this Event

Prof. Edward Kosior

Prof. Edward Kosior

CEO and Founder

Nextek Limited

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Prof. Edward Kosior

Prof. Edward Kosior

CEO and Founder

Nextek Limited

AGENDA SESSION

Creating a circular economy for food grade polypropylene

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 04:10 PM

PROFILE

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/230615/speakers/EdwardKosior.jpgProfessor Edward Kosior’s expertise in the plastics recycling sector spans 46 years, split between 23 years as an academic and 23 years working in plastic packaging recycling.

He has been instrumental in designing numerous modern recycling plants and has achieved a number of patented recycling breakthroughs. He is the founder of NEXTLOOPP, the multi-client project aimed at closing the loop on food-grade PP.
Jeremy Blake

Jeremy Blake

Managing Director Circular Polymers

Berry Global

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Jeremy Blake

Jeremy Blake

Managing Director Circular Polymers

Berry Global

AGENDA SESSION

Mechanically recycled food grade RPP at scale

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 02:45 PM

PROFILE

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JEREMY BLAKE started his career in Shell Research before opportunity led him to Crime Scene Science.  He worked in Crime Scene Investigation for Kent Police eventually becoming Head of Crime Scene Investigation.  He then joined the Home Office Forensic Science Service leading the effective use of forensic science in policing.  Throughout this period, he was a senior lecturer in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Kent and deputy chair of the Forensic Science Society Awards Committee.
His interest in solving problems using science led him to move in the recycling industry, specialising in polymers.
Having spent a number of years leading the recycling operations of the largest recycler in the UK he moved to become the Chief Operating Officer of chemical recycling company, Enval.  Currently he is Managing Director of  Berry Global’s rigid plastic recycling business, Berry Circular Polymers.  Their focus on finding solutions for real circularity has resulted in the building of their latest mechanical recycling facility in Leamington Spa, UK.  This is the largest post-consumer polypropylene recycling facility in the UK and is targeting food-grade products through its Cleanstream process.
Jeremy also acts in an advisory capacity to many groups to drive the development of the Circular Economy.  This includes trade bodies, government groups and even on TV when they cannot find anyone more interesting.

 

 

Gareth Morton

Gareth Morton

Discovery Manager

Ecosurety Ltd

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Gareth Morton

Gareth Morton

Discovery Manager

Ecosurety Ltd

AGENDA SESSION

Giving value to hard-to-recycle plastics and flexible plastics – An update on the Flexible Plastics Fund initiative

Day 2 [Wed 13, March], at 09:10 AM

PROFILE

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Gareth is responsible for a diverse range of recycling development projects which encompass behaviour change, new recycling technology research and trial collections. He also manages the Flexible Plastic Fund, a multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the recycling of flexible plastic packaging.
During his 30+ year career within the community, public and commercial sectors he has worked with the public, private and third sectors, including large institutions such as the EU Commission, UK government departments and agencies, NHS Trusts, UK water companies, hundreds of UK local authorities as well as universities on behaviour change, sustainability and resource efficiency strategies and campaigns.

Helen Bird

Helen Bird

Resource Management Specialist

WRAP - Waste and Resources Action Programme

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Helen Bird

Helen Bird

Resource Management Specialist

WRAP - Waste and Resources Action Programme

AGENDA SESSION

UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025 – progress and challenges

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 09:10 AM

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 11:55 AM

PROFILE

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Helen has worked in resource management for over 11 years, and has been at WRAP for 9 years. Helen has always had a passion for sustainability and recycling in particular. Her experience and expertise covers local authority collections, sorting and reprocessing and on-pack recycling information.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

Head of Packaging

The Co-operative Group

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Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

Head of Packaging

The Co-operative Group

AGENDA SESSION

CO-OP’S Perspective on directions in reaching 100% recyclable packaging

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 02:25 PM

PROFILE

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/240306/speakers/RobThompson.jpgRob leads the packaging sustainability strategy for Co-op brand products. He has worked in packaging development for over 20 years with experience gained in composite can manufacturing, frozen food, soft drinks, and retail. Rob is a Chartered Environmentalist, a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of IOM3 and the Chartered Management Institute.

Alice Harlock

Alice Harlock

Head of Technical and Member Services

OPRL Ltd

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Alice Harlock

Alice Harlock

Head of Technical and Member Services

OPRL Ltd

AGENDA SESSION

Navigating the intricacies of the recycling label

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 10:40 AM

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 11:55 AM

PROFILE

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Alice has worked for OPRL since 2014 and heads up the Member Support team, providing support on labelling of packaging and determining recyclability. Alice started her career at HDRA as part of the Sustainable Waste Team. She moved to WRAP in 2005 to continue work on consumer communications through the Home Composting Programme, Recycle Now and Recycle for London campaigns.

 

Claire McKillen

Claire McKillen

Team Manager - Packaging Migration and MS Solutions

Fera Science Ltd

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Claire McKillen

Claire McKillen

Team Manager - Packaging Migration and MS Solutions

Fera Science Ltd

AGENDA SESSION

Food safety and migration testing of NIAS for novel biobased materials & recycled plastics for food contact

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 11:30 AM

PROFILE

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Claire is the ‘Packaging Migration and Mass Spectrometry Solutions’ Team Manager, within the Food Quality and Safety Programme at Fera Science Ltd. She is responsible for the management of a team of diverse and experienced chemists who work together to provide customers with bespoke solutions to their Food Contact Material (FCM) enquiries. The team’s areas of expertise include method development and validation as well as non-targeted high resolution mass spectrometry analysis for the determination of non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in FCMs. Recently the team have been involved in the analysis of recycled materials (in particular recycled PET) for use as FCMs.
Claire trained as a chemist and has 20 years experience in analytical chemistry from across various sectors, in particular gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques and food packaging analysis.
Claire is also the Fera lead for the UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for FCMs.

Timothy Chandler

Timothy Chandler

Senior Scientific Officer

Food Standards Agency

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Timothy Chandler

Timothy Chandler

Senior Scientific Officer

Food Standards Agency

AGENDA SESSION

Latest UK Food Contact regulations in respect of plastic and bio-based materials and articles

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 11:05 AM

PROFILE

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Mr Chandler currently works as a Senior Scientific Officer in the policy area of food contact materials at the Food Standards Agency in London. Tim joined the team in September 2017 as functional manager to the food contact material policy area. He joined the Food Standards Agency in 2010, having held previous roles within foodborne disease control policy and chemical risk assessment. His academic qualifications include a BSc (hons) in Biochemistry with Medical Biosciences and an MSc in Environmental Technology. He is also a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology

James Donaldson

James Donaldson

Managing Director

Sortology

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James Donaldson

James Donaldson

Managing Director

Sortology

AGENDA SESSION

Developments in de-inking of post industrial films

Day 2 [Wed 13, March], at 11:10 AM

PROFILE

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/240306/speakers/JamesDonaldson.jpgJames Donaldson has a degree in Chemical Engineering and has spent 15 years in chemical recycling and 25 years in plastics recycling. He has designed and created numerous cutting edge recycling plants including the Biffa rHDPE plant, a recent rPP plant and the front end of a commissioning chemical recycling plant. As well as developing deinking technology he provides consultancy and still operates a large B 2B plastic sorting plant and trades plastics.

 
 
Matthew Steventon

Matthew Steventon

Business Development Manager

Greyparrot

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Matthew Steventon

Matthew Steventon

Business Development Manager

Greyparrot

AGENDA SESSION

Cutting edge innovations to improve recycling rates

Day 2 [Wed 13, March], at 11:35 AM

PROFILE

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Dr. William Thom

Dr. William Thom

Senior Technologist

Stopford Ltd

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Dr. William Thom

Dr. William Thom

Senior Technologist

Stopford Ltd

AGENDA SESSION

Novel advanced plastic recycling technology using hot compressed water to selectively depolymerize end-of-life plastics

Day 2 [Wed 13, March], at 12:00 PM

PROFILE

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Catherine Conway

Catherine Conway

Director & Reuse Lead

GoUnpackaged

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Catherine Conway

Catherine Conway

Director & Reuse Lead

GoUnpackaged

AGENDA SESSION

Panel Discussion - Stepping up the refillable revolution

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 04:50 PM

PROFILE

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Catherine’s career has spanned both the private and Third Sectors, but always focussing on the interplay of how business interacts with, and supports, the society in which it operates.

Catherine has worked within the field of Corporate Social Responsibility for nearly 20 years. Before the concepts of zero waste and the circular economy had developed, Catherine could see that there was a problem with the amount of plastic packaging being used in our modern lives. A true innovator, Catherine set-up the first version of Unpackaged in 2006 as the world’s first modern zero waste shop.

Not only has Unpackaged created a new, desirable, sustainable category in modern retailing but Catherine’s passion for developing systems to enable refilling, and reuse, within various sectors has enabled many other businesses to create real and lasting change. 

Catherine’s passion straddles both the corporate world of getting reuse projects up and running in the world, as well as collaborating across sectors to shape the policy needed for a reuse economy to thrive.
Consequently, Catherine is one of the leading voices in the field, undertaking regular speaking and media engagements.

 

Ben Patten

Ben Patten

Founder

Dizzie

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Ben Patten

Ben Patten

Founder

Dizzie

AGENDA SESSION

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 04:50 PM

PROFILE

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David Walsh

David Walsh

CEO

Impact Recycling

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David Walsh

David Walsh

CEO

Impact Recycling

AGENDA SESSION

Our partnership with Nestle on technology breakthrough on recycling hard-to-recycle plastics

Day 2 [Wed 13, March], at 09:35 AM

PROFILE

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 David Walsh is one of the founding directors of Impact Recycling, a plastics recycling firm with operating facilities in Newcastle, Durham & Glasgow. Impact Recycling has developed the BOSS technology to separate post-consumer mixed polyolefin plastics into their constituent components while achieving over 95% purity.

Prior to establishing Impact Recycling David was the majority shareholder of Appleton Capital Management, an alternative investment firm based in Dublin focused on the financial markets and latterly the circular econoomy. Having joined in 1995 he completed a management buyout in 1999 and was responsible for all of the investment decisions in the firm for over 20 years.

David holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

 

Emma Wilkinson

Emma Wilkinson

Regulatory Affairs Leader / Chair, Packaging Scheme Forum

Beyondly

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Emma Wilkinson

Emma Wilkinson

Regulatory Affairs Leader / Chair, Packaging Scheme Forum

Beyondly

AGENDA SESSION

Panel Discussion – New reforms in UK EPR – Are we ready or not ?

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 11:55 AM

PROFILE

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Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan

Head of Policy and Infrastructure

RECOUP

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Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan

Head of Policy and Infrastructure

RECOUP

AGENDA SESSION

UK Plastics Packaging Tax ( Topic to be confirmed )

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 09:35 AM

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 11:55 AM

PROFILE

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Steve is Head of Policy & Infrastructure at RECOUP. Recycling infrastructure and policy development for plastics are both focal areas of Steve’s remit. Both areas are centred around providing evidence that can be used by members, stakeholders and the Government to report on recycling performance, systems and structure needed to develop the policy and infrastructure in the UK. The UK is in a period of extensive consultations on a wide variety of areas, and Steve is responsible for developing RECOUP’s responses to these. He has researched and written technical reports around plastics with a diverse subject matter including collection systems, ‘Away from Home’ recycling, recycling infrastructure, strategic intervention, consumer behaviour change, and more recently the plastic packaging tax. This includes responsibility for the RECOUP UK Household Plastics Collection Survey and Plastic Sorting and Reprocessing Infrastructure reports, which provide an independent analysis about the collection and disposal of plastics

Niall Bolster

Niall Bolster

Regional Sales Manager UK & Ireland

AMP Robotics

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Niall Bolster

Niall Bolster

Regional Sales Manager UK & Ireland

AMP Robotics

AGENDA SESSION

Innovations in robotic sorting

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 04:30 PM

PROFILE

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Niall Bolster is Regional Sales Manager in the UK and Ireland for AMP. With more than 15 years in Sales & Business Development in Machine Vision, AI and Automotive industries, he has a deep understanding of day-to-day MRF operations and the challenges of running a successful business.With a background in Mechanical Engineering, he worked all over Europe, from Ireland to Germany and France. He is now focused on working with materials recovery facilities (MRFs) to deploy AI-guided robotic solutions that increase productivity, overcome labor challenges, maximize purity rates, and generate more revenue for their recycling businesses.

 

Emmeline Aves

Emmeline Aves

Commercial Manager

ReVentas

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Emmeline Aves

Emmeline Aves

Commercial Manager

ReVentas

AGENDA SESSION

Purification recycling of post-consumer flexible films: ReVentas technology removes colour and additives for high quality, recycled PE

Day 2 [Wed 13, March], at 10:45 AM

PROFILE

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/240306/speakers/EmmelineAves.jpgEmmeline joined the polymer recycling start-up ReVentas in 2021 when they spun out from the Innovations department of Impact Solutions. ReVentas’ patented technology separates Polyethylene and Polypropylene of odours, colours and contaminants to return it to a virgin-like state. Emmeline is currently project managing ReVentas’s EU Horizon 2020 project to scale up the technology to pilot scale.

Prior to this, Emmeline headed the technical team for the PolyMet Colour Removal Project at Impact Solutions. The project was recently awarded a £0.8 m industrial research grant by Innovate UK to develop a new technology for pigment extraction from waste plastics recyclate. As the Research Lead of Impact’s innovations team, Emmeline was involved in a variety of projects seeking to develop and exploit new technologies across the plastic and recycling industries.

Prof. Michael Shaver

Prof. Michael Shaver

Director of Sustainable Futures

The University of Manchester

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Prof. Michael Shaver

Prof. Michael Shaver

Director of Sustainable Futures

The University of Manchester

AGENDA SESSION

One Bin To Rule Them All: The social and material barriers to qualifying and quantifying recycled content

Day 1 [Tue 12, March], at 02:00 PM

PROFILE

https://www.cmtevents.com/EVENTDATAS/240306/speakers/MichaelShaver.jpg Professor Michael Shaver is the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Sustainable Automotive Plastics with EV manufacturer Polestar. He is also Professor of Polymer Science in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester where he leads initiatives in sustainable polymers and plastics for the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub. He is Director of the Sustainable Futures research platform at the University of Manchester which champions strategic, interdisciplinary, sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. He has published >115 papers, delivered >85 invited lectures and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining