The hybrid event was attended by over 280 guests both in-person and online. Speakers from across the plastics value chain that is at the forefront of technology joined broadcaster and journalist, Lucy Seigle, in a series of panel discussions in the Assembly Hall.
Opening remarks included how in “times of crisis we need to stay with the trouble” and not let climate and plastic slip down the agenda.
The UK Plastics Pact, led by WRAP, is the first of a global network of Pacts, enabled by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative. In tackling the scourge of plastic waste, a circular economy for plastics is being created, capturing plastic’s value by keeping them in the economy and out of the natural environment.
In order to attain the four targets that the UK Plastics Pact has set for 2025, sustainable operational processes should deal with plastic waste in the following areas, specifically in the hospitality and food service industry:
- Eliminate single-use packaging, reduce the amount of packaging used
- Seek to only use packaging that is reusable, recyclable, or compostable
- Promote better recycling behaviours to ensure effective recycling or composting of plastic
Critical action areas and solutions to be addressed by collaborating with the plastics value chain:
- Flexible plastic packaging to allow more plastics to be recycled
- Problem plastics to enable plastics to be easily recycled
- Designing for recyclability ensuring packaging fit for the future
- Citizen behaviour change
Find out more about our commitment to sustainability which is aligned with our business strategy. We are transforming our processes to net zero carbon by 2030.