Co-op added to list of speakers for MPG Seminar ‘Plastics and the Environment'

The Polymer Society
7 Oct 2019

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager of the Co-op’s Food Policy Team will join Sally Beken, Innovate UK, Gary Ogden, Wells Plastics, Emmeline Aves, Impact Solutions, Sarah Davies, Environment Agency, Rob Elias, Bangor University, Gain Hill, Polymateria, Professor Michael Shaver, University of Manchester, Jon Mitchell, Nextek, Sarah Greenwood, Sarah Greenwood Packaging, Stuart Patrick, IOM3 and Rob Dent, BOC. Starting with a keynote presentation from Professor Roger Rothon, they will all present on wide and varied aspects of the issues.

Join these companies in updating and networking to find out the latest scientific and technical issues around single use plastics in the environment in a new venue in Standish just 5 miles off Junction 27 on the M6 on 31 October 2019.

Fisherman’s Friend, Mastercard, Lucite Manufacturing Technology, Safic Alcan and Plastribution are some of the companies already registered to take part in the seminar to listen and interact in four sessions covering the following-

The role of UK Government will be featured in two different areas - Support available for innovations and opportunities for working sustainably with plastics and the Role of the Environment Agency in tackling Plastics in the Environment.

A view of the problem and solutions from a Retailer will also bring their perspective to the mix.

Biodegradability will feature strongly on the day covering Standards, Testing and Characterisation.

Developments and challenges of sustainable plastics will lead into presentations covering Biobased polymers - functional performance, biodegradation and barrier performance, Biotransformation for end of short- term life and Sustainability Using Green Polymers and Totally Not Green Polymers.

The important role for Packaging design in Reuse and Recycling will be presented in addition to Non- Mechanical Recycling options including Energy from Waste, Chemical Recycling and asphalt binding in roads. Finally, the issue of fossil fuel replacement will be featured in Biopolymers and the Hydrogen Economy.

The successful and cost effective format of previous MPG Seminars will be followed with an all-day event based on a mixture of papers, tabletop displays and networking. Students are already taking up the offer of free registration.

The seminar is dedicated to the memory of Steve Weston, a long serving MPG committee member, who had a passion for plastic waste recovery.

Programme and Registration

Venue location WN1 2XN