On Wednesday 17 March British Glass will host the first annual UK Glass Recycling Summit. The event will be held virtually and bring together the entire glass supply chain – from glass container manufactures, brands, retail, local authorities, recyclers, government and more.
The focus of the event is to launch a collaborative effort to continue to drive up glass recycling rates.
British Glass are the UK platform lead for the European level glass industry led project ‘Close the Glass Loop’ that aims to achieve a 90% glass collected for recycling rate by 2030. The summit will launch the UK’s ambition to achieve this target and we are encouraging businesses and organisations across the supply chain to commit to supporting British Glass in achieving this ambitious target.
The event will open with the British Glass team setting out our commitment to closing the glass loop, followed by a video address from Rebecca Pow MP. We will hear about the world leading Welsh approach to glass recycling before meeting our panel of experts from across the supply chain.
Breakout sessions with attendees will then discuss mechanisms, opportunities, and barriers to achieving the 90% target, which will be fedback to the wider summit with comments and discussion from our panellists.
The event will conclude with those in attendance encouraged to sign up to support the 90% target.
Our commitment to closing the glass loop
The British Glass team
Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary ,Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
What can we learn – The Welsh approach
- Dr Andy Rees OBE, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
Andy has 41 years experience of working in the environmental field, including spending the last 25 years in the area of waste strategy. Andy has been Head of Waste Strategy at the Welsh Government for the last 21 years and is responsible for waste and circular economy strategy policy. In 2017 he received the Material Recycling World magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice Award’, and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s ‘Waste and Resources Leader’ of the year award, in recognition of Wales’ success in recycling. Andy was awarded an OBE for ‘services to the environment and recycling in Wales’ in the New Year Honours 2019.
Introducing our panel
- Claire Shrewsbury, Acting Director, Insights & Innovation, WRAP
Claire is Acting Director of Insights & Innovation at WRAP, in which role she is responsible for WRAP’s support to Defra’s policy teams as they implement the Resources & Waste Strategy. She also manages similar support programmes for the devolved governments in Wales and Northern Ireland. Claire joined WRAP in 2008 and was previously a consultant with AEA Technology.
- Dr Adam Read, Director of External Affairs, Suez
Adam has been External Affairs Director at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK for just over 3 years after a successful career in academia, local government, and consultancy. For the last 24 months he has been jointly leading SUEZ’s work with the UK Government on the development of the new English Resources & Waste Strategy and associated consultations on extended producer responsibility, deposit return systems and consistent collections, and acting as lead author on all of the SUEZ evidence submissions.
- Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN
Paul became Chief Executive of the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) in May 2017 after 25 years in central and local government. He’s a Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; the Courtauld 2025 Steering Group tackling food waste; the UK Plastics Pact; the Green Alliance; and the Government’s Resources & Waste Stakeholder Advisory Group.
- Niall Walker, Packaging Sustainability Manager, Global Procurement , Diageo
Niall took on this newly created position to lead the transformation of Packaging towards Diageo's 2030 goals in 2020 and is fully focused on creating opportunities and driving change in circular economy and sustainability.
- David Gell, Policy Lead for Deposit Return Schemes, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
David is the policy lead for Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers.
Collaborating to improve glass recycling
Feedback, discussion, and questions
Dave Dalton, British Glass