Victor Bell, President of Environmental Packaging International, presented during the Sustainability Seminar at the IHS Markit World Petrochemical Conference (WPC) in San Antonio, Texas on March 19, 2019.
His presentation, “Plastic Policies and Initiatives by Governments and Brand Owners,” was quoted in a few publications.
Bell discussed how the move toward plastic sustainability is the most critical issue facing the plastics industry today. In the last year, many countries have established recycling targets, recycled content requirements, design requirements and bans on certain disposable plastics in order to help reduce the world’s “plastic crisis” in the wake of China’ National Sword policy, which banned many material categories from import and set strict contamination restrictions for others.
Major companies have also begun to make commitments regarding plastics, such as eliminating or reducing their use of plastics, modifying packaging designs and increasing their use of recycled materials. Bell’s presentation addressed how sustainability initiatives of plastic packaging and short-life products will impact both the demand for virgin and recycled feedstocks and the potential increased supply of recycled materials.
Bell’s presentation was quoted in ICIS, the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider, and Bloomberg.
If you missed his presentation at WPC, Bell will also be giving a workshop at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact 2019 conference on April 2 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Seattle, Washington.
The workshop, “Product Stewardship: What Does Global EPR Currently Look Like?” will take a closer look at what extended producer responsibility schemes in different parts of the world truly cost. It will evaluate how these programs may change as new policies are introduced, including the revised Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive in Europe and movements to full EPR in parts of Canada.
Fees are altering as new studies arise that require the actual costs of recycling different materials to be incorporated into EPR schemes. There are also movements to add more modulating fees that would give producers credit for using recycled content and penalties for disruptive packaging designs. This workshop will investigate how EPR fees are structured to provide tools for companies to understand these costs. Modified fees send signals to producers about packaging design, and Bell’s workshop will discuss why companies must have an in-depth understanding of fees in order to integrate them into the cost of goods and reflect them in their design protocol.
Attendees will also learn about tools that are available to help companies measure their sustainability goals.
Last year, Bell won the SPC Innovator Award for Outstanding Person of 2018. Learn more about his workshop and the 2019 SPC Impact Conference here.