The event, which will take place in Peterborough on September 29, will also examine the lack of clarity around Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). It will be moderated by author and journalist Tom Heap.
Stuart Foster, Managing Director of RECOUP, said: “A reality check is needed regarding the impact of the significant increase in costs associated with the recovery, transport and reprocessing of plastics and other materials. There is more pressure than ever to achieve environmental and circular aspirations, but the economy of reuse and recycling systems must be viable and sustainable, and this is where the right policies and support plans can really to help. RECOUP is really looking forward to hearing what the conference panelists will add to the debate. »
Mike Baxter, Director of External Affairs at Berry, added: “Berry BPI Recycled Products is 100% behind the excellent work that RECOUP continues to do to promote and encourage the recycling of plastic packaging in the UK. However, all stakeholders must realize that this will not be easy in the short to medium term, the massive increase in electricity costs putting UK recyclers at a disadvantage. The lack of clarity on EPR timelines, as well as unanswered questions about future government legislation, are also causing real concern among recyclers and collectors.