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Coffee cups and plastic bottles waste examined

24 October 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee holds a panel discussion for its inquiry on disposable packaging. This session focuses on the current industry action to reduce coffee cups and plastic bottles waste and local authority recycling responsibilities.

Witnesses

Tuesday 24 October, the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 10.15am

  • James Lowman, Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores
  • Alice Ellison, Head of Environment, British Retail Consortium
  • Barry Turner, Director of Plastics and Flexible Packaging, British Plastics Federation
  • Gavin Partington, Director General, British Soft Drinks Association

At 11.15am

  • Cllr David Simmonds CBE, LGA Vice-Chairman and Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Lee Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee
  • Jakob Rindegren, Recycling Policy Advisor, Environmental Services Association

Purpose of the session

The session begins with a panel discussion on current industry action to reduce plastic bottle waste and the potential of introducing a Deposit Return Scheme. Witnesses represent organisations who have expressed concern about the impact of a bottle return scheme.

The following panel will focus on both elements of the inquiry – coffee cups and plastic bottles – through discussion with waste managers. Witnesses will be asked about local authority recycling responsibilities and what could be done to re-energise recycling of disposable packaging. 

Further information

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