DEFRA Minister visits BPF House for Q&A event
On Wednesday 20th April, Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DEFRA and the Minister responsible for recycling and waste, visited BPF House to give the keynote speech at an event on recycling, co-hosted by the BPF and The Enterprise Forum.
At the outset of the event, BPF Director General Philip K. Law gave an overview of the UK plastics industry, the recycling landscape and the need for supportive government policy to increase UK plastic recycling capacity.
The Minister then gave a short speech in which she thanked the plastics industry for its continued engagement with government and highlighted the joint aspirations of industry and government in many areas, particularly around a circular economy.
She expressed her desire to make recycling across the board much easier and outlined her intention to continue to work with BPF members on this. Following the Minister’s speech, there was a 40 minute Q&A which covered a wide range of areas from chemical recycling (which the Minister expressed particular interest in and offered to hold a roundtable on for BPF members) to waste exports and collection discrepancies between local authorities.
This engaging event was attended by over 100 people, both in the room at BPF House and online.