Tackling food waste in households, industry, and agriculture - next steps for policy coordination, targets, implementation, and innovation in packaging conference

FEA Chief Executive, Keith Warren, to host session as part of Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum event

Morning, Tuesday, 8th February 2022

9am - 1pm (registration from 8.30am)

Book your place here - £210 +VAT per delegate

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***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***



This conference looks at current priorities for tackling food waste in households, industry, and agriculture - including latest thinking and developments in improving local waste management and recycling services, tackling plastic waste, and driving behaviour change.

It is bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the effectiveness of government plans announced earlier this year to reform England’s bin, recycling, and food waste collections, which include proposals to:

  • introduce statutory guidance on new minimum service standards for rubbish and recycling collections
  • ensure every household will receive separate, weekly food waste collections from 2023
  • make recycling easier with a clear list of materials that all local authorities and waste firms must collect from homes and businesses

The conference will be also an opportunity to assess the way forward and consider outstanding issues for meeting wider targets for waste and plastic packaging reduction, including:

  • the UK Government target - eliminating all avoidable waste by 2050 and enacting policies aimed at reducing plastic waste
  • the Courtauld Commitment 2030 - including a target for a 50% per capita reduction in food waste by 2030 against the UK 2007 baseline
  • the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 - aiming to halve global food waste per capita at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reduce waste in production and supply chains

We also expect discussion on priorities for the coordination of strategies to tackle waste across the food chain, including:

  • the role of a proposed Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers, an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme, and a plastic packaging tax in driving plastic waste reduction
  • the introduction of the Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme aiming to support sustainable land management

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Lord Deben, Chairman, Climate Change Committee and David Moon, Interim Director of Collaboration and Change, WRAP.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for Education; the Department for International Trade; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; the Food Standards Agency; Food Standards Scotland; the Isle of Man Government; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Essex County Council; Keenan Recycling; Peter Ridley Waste System; University of Aberdeen; and Valpak.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with representatives of the agriculture and food and drink industry, including associations, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers; the agritech and crop science industries; partners, advisors and suppliers of the sectors involved; universities, research organisations and academics; local and devolved government officials; charities and consumer groups, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely

Book your place here

Download the full agenda

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference


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