Manchester: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Plastic?

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15 March

Join us for an evening of discussion with industry experts on how best to tackle the plastic pollution problem and the importance of waste and resource management on a wider scale.

With the shocking images of Blue Planet II still fresh in our minds, the world is waking up to the realisation of the impact that plastic pollution is having on our planet and our health. This is the time for us to have frank debate about the best way to tackle this issue, both globally and here at home in Greater Manchester.

Bringing together experts from the Charitable, Public and Private sectors we want to look beyond the knee-jerk calls to ban all plastics. Instead we want to acknowledge the valuable roles plastics can play, explore how innovation and the circular economy can improve the situation and look for steps we can all take to prevent needless plastic waste. But with upto 70% of ocean plastic waste coming from mismanaged waste in low income countries we will also learn how WasteAid’s work directly prevents waste entering the oceans, improves public health and creates local jobs.

This is a free event but we are asking for donations on the door with all proceeds going to WasteAid to support their vital work. You can find more information about WasteAid.

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  • ZoĆ« Lenkiewicz, Head of Communications at WasteAid
  • Stephen Jenkinson, former CEO of Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) and honorary professor at MMU
  • Jane Gardner, Head of Consulting Services at Axion


5:30 – 6:15pm Registration

6:15 – 6:45pm Networking

6:45 – 7:45pm Keynote Speech followed by Panel Discussion

7:45 – 8:30pm Networking

There will be free drinks and food served with plenty of time for networking so come and have a drink on us, enjoy the warm glow of giving to a good cause and be part of the conversation.


Event Details

Location KPMG Manchester office