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How to Reduce Plastic Waste: 18th September 2019, 8:00am to 10:30am, National Graphene Institute

What can your business do to reduce plastic waste?

Business Breakfast | 18 September 2019 | 08.00 – 10.30
National Graphene Institute

Independent studies have estimated that 3.7 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced in the UK each year of which 60% have been attributed to plastic packaging.The plastics industry, businesses, government, consumers and wider society all want the same thing: to reduce plastic waste and leave the environment in a better place for generations to come.

Creating value from plastic waste

There is an opportunity for the UK to create value from plastic waste: by developing and implementing new technologies and business models to enhance plastic recovery infrastructure; developing more sustainable businesses; and establishing and embedding a culture that re-uses and recycles materials wherever possible.

Register to join a business breakfast hosted by the Henry Royce Institute in collaboration with the UK Circular Plastics Network (part of the Knowledge Transfer Network) to discuss business challenges and potential solutions to reducing plastic waste, as well as an opportunity for networking.

“The event will be an opportunity to find out about government-funded opportunities to collaborate, innovate and create value from plastic waste, to discuss business challenges and potential solutions in reducing plastic waste, as well as an opportunity for networking.”

The event is open to businesses that:

• Design, make, use, discard, re-use, or recycle plastic or products containing products

• Want to find out about government-funded initiatives to work sustainably with plastics

• Want to find out about capabilities and support the Royce can offer to reduce plastic waste

• Want to hear from local businesses working sustainably with plastics

This event is open to all business and we particularly encourage attendance from micro- and SMEs in the following sectors: automotive, construction, agriculture, medical/healthcare, electronics, and textiles.

Michael Shaver, Professor of Polymer Science at The University of Manchester will discuss: materials sustainability and his recent projects that target the technological and societal issues of the 5 million tonnes of plastic waste being generated in the UK annually.

Richard McKinlay, Head of the Consultancy Division at Axion, will present: their work delivering projects in the Circular Economy and resource recovery sector.


T: 0161 306 7585


On this site you’ll find lots of information, advice and guidance to help you reduce the amount of single-use plastics you use. We want to help you make the right choices – whether that’s choosing to remove some products (always the best option), choosing a re-usable alternative (next best option) or switching to easily recyclable items.

The first step is to sign our pledge and commit to take action to reduce avoidable single-use plastics across Greater Manchester. By making a commitment today you can help to make Greater Manchester one of the greenest UK city regions. We are always adding new content to our site so keep checking back for further information.  

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