The ongoing furore around single-use plastics will be unpacked at an upcoming AIP Technical Seminar, slated for Wednesday 17 July in Rosehill, NSW.

The Australian Institute of Packaging, along with its many industry members, is concerned about current discussions and challenges directed at single use plastic packaging, which has risen to the top of the public agenda. It says this seminar will help to guide packaging professionals, and their teams, to better understand the current and true state-of-play with soft plastics in Australia.

Discussions will include understanding the issues surrounding soft plastics, and the important benefits this packaging format brings (food safety, convenience and reducing food waste). The AIP says that speakers will provide insights into “some of the excellent initiatives that are already underway in the country to effectively recycle this packaging format.”

A five star line-up of speakers includes Caitlyn Richards, responsible sourcing manager, Sustainable Products & Packaging, Coles; Peter Tamblyn, sales and marketing manager Asia Pacific, Close the Loop; Mark Jacobson, marketing director, Replas; Keith Chessell FAIP, AIP board member, APCO; and Anthony Peyton MAIP, director, Prep Design.

The AIP says the lunchtime event is aimed at challenging the industry to be more involved in promoting a better understanding of the benefits and opportunities for soft plastics.

It is being held at the Mecure Hotel, 106 Hassall Street, Rosehill, 17 July, with an 11:30am arrival and 1.30pm departure. A sit down lunch with drinks is provided. Car parking is available at the hotel for $10.

Click here to book tickets. Cost is $77 for AIP members, $88 for members of AIFST, AFGC, APCO, FIAL and SPE, while for non-members it is $99. All prices include gst.

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