30th January , 2019

Posted by. Stirling

Brands can gain from free plastic strategy event

Learn about environmental compliance and help to create an industry free of single-use plastic

The UK’s largest packaging compliance scheme, Valpak, is hosting a free, day-long seminar in Manchester to update industry on legislative shifts, design guidance, and best practice examples.

Under the latest government strategy on waste, packaging producers and retailers are set to face radical new legislation, particularly around plastics. Producers will be required to pay significantly greater fees to fund recycling, and to tackle what are seen as problem areas such as single use plastics and the incorporation of recycled plastic in products. Valpak’s Plastic Matters III follows on from previous fully-booked events and helps organisations to gain knowledge in areas ranging from plans for a deposit returns scheme, to market changes that have affected the movement of plastic to end markets.

The programme includes presentations from Defra on the latest government Resources and Waste Strategy and changes to extended producer responsibility (EPR), and also an update on the voluntary Plastic Pact agreement. Delegates will hear from RECOUP on design guidance, while Plastic Oceans will outline its work to inspire organisations and individuals to address plastics being lost into water habitats. There will also be case studies from retail demonstrating innovative schemes to improve recycling.

Plastic Matters III takes place on 26 February 2019 at etc Venues, Manchester.

For the full programme, or to sign up for a free invitation, visit:


Valpak is the largest environmental compliance scheme in the UK. It works with major names, such as J Sainsbury’s, ASOS, and Miele, and manages compliance for more than 4,000 businesses.

Valpak services include:

Compliance under Packaging, WEEE, and Battery Directives;

Data management services;

International compliance;

Recycling services (total waste management options and solutions for niche materials);

Accreditation under environmental schemes, such as Zero Waste to Landfill.

Valpak’s Plastic Matters events are designed to update businesses on topics such as reverse vending, dealing with hard to recycle plastics and extended producer responsibility. Recent events have covered technological developments and opportunities, disposal routes, and the suitability of alternatives to plastics.

The UK Plastics Pact is a world-first initiative to tackle the issue of plastic waste, led by WRAP. It was launched in April 2018 and unites key actors from across the supply chain working collaboratively to achieve 4 ambitious objectives:

To eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through redesign, innovation or alternative (re-use) delivery models;

For 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable;

For 70% of plastic packaging to be effectively recycled or composted;

To achieve 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.

In 2016, following a request from a major retailer, Valpak launched its Data Insight Platform. The platform is a bespoke product which allows customers to scrutinise their supply chains. It can be used to monitor areas such as sustainability in packaging, or to ensure that CSR goals such as the Modern Day Slavery Act are met.