Plastic under the spotlight at bottled water conference

Deposit return schemes (DRS) and reverse vending solutions for plastic bottles will be two of the hot topics at this year’s UK Bottled Water Conference, which takes place in London on 15 March.
A special breakfast briefing session at the event will feature a round-table discussion on how to reduce littering and promote recycling, while speakers later in the day will include James Lowman, chief executive at the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), and Alice Ellison, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Further sessions will review some of the latest market developments and innovations, with representatives from Coca-Cola and the Co-op among the panelists.
Richard Hall, chairman of conference organiser Zenith, said: “Ten years ago, the bottled water sector faced a number of challenges, from economic slowdown to growing awareness about environmental impact.
“While these pressures remain, bottled water’s responsiveness, healthiness and innovation have become a driving force for market growth.
Volumes are surpassing previous expectations, with flavour and functionality becoming ever more popular.” Full programme details and online booking are available at

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