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

09:55 Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:00 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

10:00 Plastics: The Policy Landscape

  • Government priorities for tackling single-use plastics
  • Context to the Deposit Return Scheme Consultation
  • The wider UK and EU context for Single Use Plastics

 Andrew Forsyth, Team Leader - Zero Waste, Scottish Government

10:25 Stephen Boyle, Strategic Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

10:50 Roundtable Discussions and Questions

11:10 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?

11:30 Upstream Battle - Changing Behaviour to Tackle Marine Litter and Plastics at Source

  • Upstream Battle is Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ambitious campaign to change behaviour and prevent marine litter at source
  • Focused on the entire length of the River Clyde and its tributaries, we will raise awareness, gather evidence and inspire action
  • Connecting communities, individuals and the private and public sectors, everyone has a part to play in keeping the Clyde clean and protecting our seas

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful

11:50 The Role of Behaviour in the Systematic Issue of Plastic

Shane Donnellan, Senior Behaviour Change Specialist, Changeworks

12:10 #STOPThePlasticTide

  • Highlighting the power of data and the value of citizen science in the fight to stop the plastic tide at public, industry and government level

Catherine Gemmell, Scotland Conservation Officer, Marine Conservation Society

12:30 Questions and Discussions

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

13:30 Best Practices and Potential Pitfalls: Ensuring Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme Has A Real Impact On Plastic Waste

What can be learned from deposit return schemes around the world? Erik Thorsen, who has been involved in deposit return schemes for nearly 30 years, will share an international perspective on how Scotland should approach the design of its system to ensure the maximum impact on plastic waste.

Erik Thorsen, Strategic Advisor to CEO, Envipco

14:00 Single-use Plastics as a Necessity: Including Disabled People in Plastics Policy

  • Single use plastics as accessibility aids
  • Examples of plastic straws – and the unsuitability of alternatives
  • Bringing disabled people into the discussion

Kate Sang, Professor of Gender & Employment Studies - School of Social Sciences, Heriot Watt University 

14:30 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

 

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map
 

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector 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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