Alupro to join DRS panel debate

Tom Giddings, Alupro’s executive director, will share his views on the conditions needed to achieve an ‘aluminium-friendly’ DRS at this year’s Environmental Packaging Summit. 

Taking place between 13-14 June at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham, the event will bring together experts from across the packaging supply chain to discuss key industry trends and developments.

Organised by Packaging News, the two-day event will cover a range of topics including environmental packaging, legislation and industry engagement. While EPR reforms and DRS legislation will be a core focus across both days, day one will also feature a number of sessions on net zero, while discussions around the wider supply chain and industry engagement will feature heavily on day two.

As part of the illustrious agenda, Tom will join a DRS panel discussion to debate the latest developments across all four nations. Other panellists include Keith Allen, commercial sustainability director at Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I; Sam Gold, public affairs manager at British Soft Drinks Association; and Phil Fenton, lead packaging and recycling adviser at British Glass. The panel ‘Deposit Return Schemes – will the UK get interoperability?’ will take place at 3.40pm on Tuesday 13 June.

Also joining a panel discussion at the event is Martin Hyde, Alupro’s sustainability and public affairs manager. At midday on Wednesday 14 June, Martin will take to the stage with Paldeep Bhatti, head of research and policy at INCPEN; and Margaret Bates, managing director of ORPL, for an in-depth session surrounding ‘Industry engagement with UK citizens’.

Giddings said: “With significant policy changes set to transform the packaging industry over the coming months, we’re looking forward to sharing our thoughts and participating in debate to discuss the future of metal packaging recycling and its role in driving the circular economy of tomorrow.

“The Summit provides a great opportunity to shout about the successes of our campaigns, demonstrate how our initiatives are encouraging consumers to recycle, and put forward our views on recent consultation responses. We’ll also be reiterating the importance of the infrastructure changes needed to move ever closer towards a 100% recycling rate.”

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