The packaging EPR and DRS consultations – a NI Perspective

DAERA and CIWM are working together to run this webinar on the packaging Extended Producer Responsibility and Deposit Return Scheme consultations and their implications for Northern Ireland stakeholders across the packaging and waste value chain.


Session 1

  • Chair: Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, Incpen
  • John Mills, Director of Environmental Policy, DAERA – Welcome & Introduction
  • Charmaine Beer, Environmental Policy, DAERA – Introduction to the consultations
  • Charles Holmes, Scottish Government


  • Including additional panelists from Defra: Linda Crichton and David Gell and DAERA: Janice Harris, DAERA

Session 2

  • Chair: Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, Incpen
  • Tim Walker, CEO, Arc 21 – the local authority perspective
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, Suez – the private sector perspective


  • Joseph Doherty, Advisory Council on Packaging & Re-Gen Waste – understanding the proposals from a materials reprocessing perspective
  • Paul Van Danzig, Policy Director, Wastepack – options for and potential roles of compliance schemes


Session 3

  • Chair: John Mills, Director of Environmental Policy, DAERA
  • Paul Vanston, CEO, Incpen – packaging and retail value chain perspective
  • Shane Lyster, Director, Irish Beverage Council – DRS in a Northern Ireland context

Full panel discussion & Q&A 

  • With additional panellist Chris Mills, Special Adviser – Collections and Recycling, WRAP

Summary, thank you and close

  • John Mills, Director of Environmental Policy, DAERA
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