More than 150 delegates attended the one-day seminar.
The Rt Hon Lord Deben suggested the industry had a remarkable opportunity for innovations and should take action to avoid government eventually introducing more regulation or legislation, and warned that public pressures for more effective packaging, more recyclable and reusable packaging will not ease anytime soon.
He said it was vital that the foodservice packaging sector provides workable solutions to tackle litter and packaging.
Paul Rhodes, group safety health and environment manager at Greggs, also said the industry must press ahead to make real changes as fast as possible and self-regulate.
Speakers also tackled the complicated issue of recycling coffee cups. Representatives from Costa, McDonald’s, the Co-op and Simply Cups outlined the progress they are making and the initiatives they have put in place to increase the recycling of paper cups.
Martin Kersh, executive director at the Foodservice Packaging Association, said: “This was an excellent day of debate and information sharing and we are delighted to have had such high profile speakers address our seminar this year. We are particularly delighted that Friends of the Earth, Eunomia and the ESA took the time to come and talk to us, creating valuable dialogue with organisations that don’t necessarily share our views. More than 150 delegates enjoyed a day packed with information and insight that they can take away and act on. 2017 is set to be very exciting and challenging year for our industry.”
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