UK glass recycling summit 2023

01 June 2023

Our third annual UK glass recycling summit will take place on 1 June 2023 between 10:00 and 15:00 at INNSiDE by Melia Manchester.

For the first time the event will be in person to give delegates greater opportunity to connect, network and collaborate. 

The glass sector is committed to achieving a 90% collected for recycling rate by 2030 and this year we want the input and support from you and the wider supply chain to help us develop a roadmap to achieve our ambitious 2030 target. British Glass have teamed up with WRAP – the climate action and circular economy NGO to help develop our plans.  

Over the course of the day long summit, we will hear from key decision makers, senior politicians, big brands, glass manufacturers, local authorities, retailers and reprocessors. The second half of the day will include workshops run by WRAP to seek your contribution to our roadmap. 


The UK glass recycling summit 2023 will take place on 1 June 2023 between 10:00 and 15:00

09.30am – Arrivals, coffee and networking
10.00am – Welcome
10.05am – Keynote address from Dr Nick Kirk and Philip Fenton British Glass
10.35am – Address from Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
10.45am – Refreshment break
11.00am – Keynote address from leading international brand
11.20am – Keynote address from Rob Thompson, Packaging Manager, The Co-op 
11.40am – Panel discussion featuring views from the glass supply chain
12.30pm – Networking lunch
13.30pm – Breakout sessions led by WRAP
15.00pm – Closing remarks

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Dr Nick Kirk

Technical director, British Glass

Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the glass sector - including six years in glass furnace design and glass plant construction for TECO and as a Senior Environmental Consultant for Enviros. He has extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of glass production, products and applications including glass packaging, glazing, fibre insulation, continuous fibre and technical glasses. Nick has comprehensive experience and knowledge of environmental issues including recycling, decarbonisation, energy efficiency and environmental control.

He supports the British Glass team on circular economy including glass recycling, decarbonisation, energy efficiency and product design, with an in-depth understanding of current and pending policies and legislation and the potential impact on glass products and manufacturing. He regularly advises government and policy makers on aspects of glass production and circular economy.   

He has also worked on numerous projects looking at the recycling, sustainability and optimisation of the production process in order to increase recycled content and production efficiency.

Rob Thompson

Packaging manager, The Co-op

Rob leads the packaging sustainability strategy for Co-op’s own brand products. He has worked in packaging development for over 20 years with experience gained in composite can manufacturing, frozen food, soft drinks and retail. Rob is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of IOM3 and is currently studying towards an MSc in Management Practice as part of the Senior Leaders Masters Degree Apprenticeship at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Rebecca Pow MP

Rebecca Pow is the Conservative MP for Taunton Deane, and has been an MP continuously since 7 May 2015. She currently holds the Government post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Phillip Fenton 

Lead packaging and recycling adviser, British Glass

Phil leads on the recycling agenda for British Glass including the upcoming recycling reforms and platform lead for the UK Close the Glass Loop industry led commitment to achieve a 90% collected for recycling rate for glass by 2030. Before joining British Glass in 2020 Phil worked on recycling policy in Parliament. British Glass is the representative body for the UK glass industry representing manufacturers of glass packaging, flat glass and fibre glass.

Paul Morgan

Head of Commercial Services at The Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and has been in the waste sector for nearly 28 years. He started his career in waste regulation before moving to public sector service delivery ultimately running inhouse waste collection, street cleaning and grounds maintenance services. After a period as an independent and then ‘corporate’ consultant Paul returned to the Public sector with the country’s largest Waste Disposal Authority – the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Chris Holcroft

Innovation Lead, Glass Technology Services

Chris is a leading member of the projects team and has worked in glass R&D since 2005. Prior to that, he developed products for the food industry. Chris co-ordinates a team of eight researchers at Glass Technology services and participates in a wide variety of projects ranging from desk-based research through to practical laboratory, pilot scale development, site trials and testing. He also regularly undertakes non-standard testing and consultancy work.


The UK glass recycling summit 2023 will be held at INNSiDE by Melia Manchester, M15 4RP


Tickets for the summit are priced at £85+VAT for British Glass members and £100+VAT for non-members.

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