UK Circular Plastics Packaging

UK Circular Plastics Packaging

Updates on UK Plastics packaging regulations towards a sustainable circular economy

The UK plastics industry wants all plastic packaging and single-use items re-used, recycled and/or recovered by 2030. Leading brands and retailers have already committed to using only reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

The industry has been flushed with new legislation, and packaging scheme reforms - to encourage recycling.

1st April 2022 - UK-wide Plastic Packaging Tax came into effect where plastic packaging products which contain less than 30 per cent recycled content are subject to the tax.

In Oct 2023 - the ban on single-use plastics caused disarray for many packaging suppliers of the food service industry.

Still to come, is the new EPR that replaces the current Packaging Waste Regulations and the payment of the packaging fees to start in 2025.

The UK Government is also expected to roll out a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) on drink bottles sometime in 2024.

How effective are these changes in tackling plastic packaging waste & innovation of new materials and processes?

Join us at the UK Circular Plastics Packaging event in Manchester on the 12-13th March 2024 as we delve into the dynamic world of the two-day symposium that brings together industry leaders, experts, and innovators to explore the latest developments, challenges, and solutions in the realm of sustainable plastic packaging.

Key highlights

  • Progress and challenges of the UK Plastics Pact roadmap to 2025
  • Future trajectory of Packaging Recycling Notes within the UK
  • OPRL guides us through the intricacies of recycling labels
  • Updates us on the Flexible Plastics Fund initiative, shedding light on how it adds value to hard-to-recycle plastics and flexible materials.
  • The Food Standards Agency UK, explores the latest UK regulations for Food Contact packaging materials, with a special focus on recycled plastics and biodegradable/compostable packaging.
  • A thought-provoking Panel Discussion follows, asking the pivotal question: Can the UK’s new packaging EPF reform finally get off the ground?
  • The mechanical recycling of food-grade rPP at scale
  • CO-OP’s perspective on achieving 100 per cent recyclable packaging.
  • Introducing novel advanced plastic recycling technology using hot compressed water to selectively depolymerise end-of-life plastics,
  • Nextek, explores the creation of a circular economy for food-grade polypropylene.
    Developments in de-inking post-industrial films
  • Panel Discussion on stepping up the refillable revolution,
  • Cutting-edge innovations to improve recycling rates featuring AI and waste analytics digital platform, Robotics sorting

And many more.

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