01.09.20

Plastics Masterclass 2020 – Apply now

By Andy Kenworthy

There’s been unprecedented interest in the next phase of SBN’s Plastic Packaging Circular Innovation programme, in partnership with Foodstuffs and New Zealand King Salmon. The call is out now for existing participants and key influencers to continue our work.

The next step for this group will be the face-to-face 2020 Masterclass, on Friday 16 October . This will run from 9am-4pm in central Auckland, with all the appropriate Covid19 contingencies. The event will build on the work to date. The existing ‘cohort’ will continue to collaborate to transform New Zealand’s plastic packaging systems.

During the session participants will share the latest information on NZ’s plastic packaging system. This will including technical briefings on recycling infrastructure, compostables, reuse and product stewardship. They will also get further access to experts from science, innovation, commercial packaging and government.

The aim is to address blockages in the system that might hold back progress. The group is also facilitating pathways to meeting and exceeding the ambitious 2025 packaging commitments many New Zealand organisations have made.

Kate Haselhof leads SBN’s work in this area. She says: “New Zealand is a highly developed but small relatively remote group of islands. This creates some unique challenges around waste, especially plastic packaging. The impact of the pandemic has underlined the need to establish a New Zealand-based circular economy for these materials. There is exciting progress. Most recently, the government announced $36.7 million for high-tech optical sorters. This will help improve recycling infrastructure and materials recovery. But there is much more work to do.”

Spaces are limited for this current ‘cohort’. Preference will be given to those who have already taken part. There are also a few places remaining with this initial group for organisations playing a leading role in New Zealand’s plastic packaging system.

The Masterclass costs $900 for two attendees. SBN Investors and Foodstuffs suppliers pay $750. Single participant tickets can be arranged by application. Click here to apply.