2017 Annual Conference Announced

We are delighted to announce that this years event will take place at the iconic Eden Project in Bodelva, Cornwall– one of the latest organisations to sign-up to the Simply Cups scheme, and that we will be joined by Gordon Seabright (Chief Executive Officer – Eden Project) to provide our keynote address. As described by Sir Tim Smit KBE (Co-founder of The Eden Project) in the following video, The Eden Project was founded with an objective of ‘bringing lots of people together to make something better’ – an ethos which the Simply Cups scheme fully embraces.

The Simply Cups scheme has continued to gather real momentum over the last 12 months as we make further progress towards our objective to achieve a commercially viable solution for the recovery and recycling of cups in the UK. To share these achievements, and present our plans and vision for the year ahead, we are delighted to invite you to our 2017 Annual Conference. We will also update you on our plans to pioneer and build the much-needed UK infrastructure that will significantly enhance the value of used cups by turning them into a valuable raw material for UK manufacturers.

Please note that spaces are limited and Simply Cups Members will be given priority, as well as free entry to The Eden Project on the day of the event. Please therefore confirm your attendance asap by e-mail to Amelia Gillis- agillis@closedloopuk.com

Date:     Tuesday 7th November

Location:     The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall PL24 2SG

Event Registrations Opens     10.00 Exhibitor Meeting & Networking in The Gallery – Buffet, Tea & Coffee to be served. Simply Cups Members have free entry to The Eden Project.

Meeting Starts     12:00 in The Gallery

Meeting Closes     15:00 (following which Simply Cups Members have free entry to The Eden Project)

Exhibitors in The Gallery from 10.00 to 12.00 will consist of Simply Cups Members who provide products related to cup recovery and recycling – including cup manufacturers, distributors, cup recycling bin manufacturers and product designers/manufacturers who use the cups we collect to make new functional products. Exhibitors already include Leafield Environmental, Regency Design & Print, Wybone, ashortwalk and Hahn Plastics.

Meeting Agenda

12:00     Welcome

12:10     Keynote address – Gordon Seabright (Chief Executive Officer – The Eden Project)

12:30     Scheme update – Peter Goodwin (Co-founder – Simply Cups & Director – Closed Loop Environmental Solutions)

12:50     Case Studies – Cup recovery & recycling at festivals, universities and in the workplace

13:10     Collaborative projects – The Square Mile Challenge & Circular Cornwall – Peter Goodwin, Dan Dicker (CEO – ashortwalk) & Cornwall Rural Community Charity

13:30     Break – Tea & coffee will be served

13:50      Operational update & the need for infrastructure – James Capel (Co-founder – Simply Cups & CEO – Simply Waste Solutions)

14:00     Material sortation (plastic cups)– James Donaldson (Managing Director – Sortology)

14:20      Material reprocessing – Jonathan Mitchell (Project Engineer – Nextek)

14:30     Turning today’s waste into tomorrow’s products – Dan Dicker

14:50     Joining the re-use revolution – the launch of rCUP

15:00     Close

From 15.30 – 16.30 in The Gallery, we will also be holding an inaugural meeting for the Circular Cornwall initiative, a collaborative programme based on circular economy principles that is seeking to secure investment in Cornish based infrastructure to recover and recycle cups (and wider beverage packaging category) and return as a valuable raw material for Cornish based manufacturers. Whilst the focus of this session will be based on a solution for Cornwall, anyone attending the conference is welcome to attend and please let us know on confirming attendance whether you would like to attend.

For anyone looking to stay overnight prior to or after the conference, we have provided a list of nearby hotels below:

The Cornwall Hotel (www.thecornwall.com) – Pentewan Road, St Austell PL26 7AB – 01726 874 050
Travelodge (www.travelodge.co.uk) – Penetwan Road, St Austell PL25 5BU – 08719 846 160
Premier Inn (www.premierinn.com) – Treverbyn Road, St Austell – 0871 527 9018
YHA Eden Project (Snoozebox) (http://www.edenproject.com/visit/holidays/on-site-yha-hostel) – Bodelva, PL24 2SG