Tackling Plastic Waste And Pollution

Scotland leads the UK in its fight against plastic waste and pollution and we all have a part to play in shaping, improving and transforming our relationship with plastic. At this event we will scrutinise the priorities for tackling single-use plastics through education, opportunity and innovation to effect real and lasting change.

Beyond the ‘Blue Planet effect’

The ‘Blue Planet effect’ has heralded an unprecedented moment of opportunity through increased public awareness and concern over plastic pollution. The tide is turning on plastics and in June 2018, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme – where individuals would pay a small deposit when purchasing a drink in a single use container which is refunded when it is returned for recycling – throughout Scotland.

This is the next step in the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to reducing single use plastics within Scotland and in meeting the EU’s proposed requirement of all single use plastics being reusable or easily recycled by 2030. However, solutions are not so straight forward and considerations must be given to system compatibility with the wider UK and EU. Biodegradable plastics offer no respite for ocean pollution and views are split on the extent to which plastics will remain essential.

Join Holyrood as we examine ambitions for legislation, innovative approaches to reducing plastic waste and how individuals at every level can make a difference to when, how and what plastic is used for.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • Priorities for tackling single-use plastics
  • Context to the Deposit Return Scheme Consultation
  • The role of procurement, innovation and commercial pressures in shaping plastic use
  • Getting communities on board – how consumer behaviours can spearhead change
  • Fresh approaches to reducing plastic use in commercial, public and domestic settings

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:05 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Priorities for tackling single-use plastics
  • Context to the Deposit Return Scheme Consultation
  • The size of the challenge and current environmental impact of disposable plastics
  • Considerations for ensuring that Scotland finds solutions compatible with the wider UK and EU

Colin MacBean, Head of Zero Waste, Scottish Government

Speaker confirmed from Zero Waste Scotland

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Changing Our Relationship With Plastic

  • Education as empowerment – embedding ‘reduce, reuse & recycle’ on a cultural level
  • The role of procurement, innovation and commercial pressures in shaping plastic use
  • Getting communities on board – how consumer behaviours can spearhead change
  • Boosting recycling to tackle littering and improve plastic sustainability
  • Will plastics remain an essential material in our society?

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Shane Donnellan, Senior Behaviour Change Specialist, Changeworks

Catherine Gemmell, Scotland Conservation Officer, Marine Conservation Society

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies

  • Fresh approaches to reducing plastic use in commercial, public and domestic settings
  • Innovative ideas for how we can move away from single-use plastics
  • Finding effective alternatives to replace disposable plastics
  • The economic and environmental benefits to getting plastic use right

15:25 Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:30 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
30 January 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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