Tackling plastic waste and protecting our environment, IOM3 weighs in

11 Jan 2018

As part of the Government’s long-term environmental strategy, Theresa May has said that she will commit the UK to ending ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042.

In a statement released on 11 January, May proposed policies including plastic free aisles in supermarkets, exploring charges on single-use plastics, extending plastic carrier bag charges to all retailers and injecting funding into plastics innovation.

Dr Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), said ‘The Institute has invested interest and capability to support the Government and our community in the debate surrounding plastic waste and reuse.

‘Within IOM3 we have technical experts across the materials supply chain, packaging applications and sustainable development. We stand ready to be a catalyst for the debate on plastics, reuse, recycling and redesign.’

There is a real challenge for materials scientists and engineers to understand how their expertise and professional practises can affect environmental performance and contribute towards more sustainable outcomes. To further raise awareness of how we can design our way out of the problem, IOM3 is hosting a Materials Protecting the Environment Seminar on 21 February 2018 in London. This will include information on how the plastics industry is tackling marine litter and circular economy innovation.

More details of the Materials Protecting the Environment Seminar at bit.ly/materialsprotectingtheenvironment