How is packaging preparing for change?

The packaging industry has seen significant change in recent years and there is more to come with the impending introduction of the new Extended Producer Responsibility system from 2023, and recycled content packaging tax (set at £200 a tonne in March this year) set to begin in 2022.

With global, complex supply chains, decisions on future packaging choices have to be made years in advance, and the sector’s preparations for this change are already well under way, some of which we are already seeing on the supermarket shelves including the rise of compostable packaging and some rationalisation of materials.

But what do these decisions mean for the producers, citizens and the resources and waste sector?

Our expert panel discusses the packaging industry’s response to date and its preparations for a fundamental system change, how these decisions will affect our sector, and how the value chain is and can continue to work together to create a versatile and effective system.

The webinar explores how the expectations of those paying the estimated £1 billion of additional funding into the sector are likely to change, such as the increasing need for high quality recycled materials, and the accurate and timely data to manage the flow of funding – and what this means for future relationships between different parts of the supply chain.


  • Sarah Ottaway – Sustainability and Social Value Lead, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK


  • Libby Peake – Head of Resource Policy, Green Alliance
  • Joanne Bell – Brand Insight and Content Director, Free the Birds
  • Dr Adam Read – External Affairs Director, SUEZ and Senior Vice President, CIWM
  • Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN

Read the blog by Dr. Adam Read and Helen Chaplin covering the key issues discussed in the webinar here.

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