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Recycle Week 2023: Recycling Summit

WRAP Recycling Summit 17-19 October 2023

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of our national campaign, Recycle Week, we are proud to present WRAP’s very first Recycling Summit from 17 to 19 October. This must-attend online event is a great opportunity to learn about our cutting-edge insights and work in circular economy.

We have gathered experts from WRAP and other industry professionals to provide inspirational insights that will give you the tools and knowledge you need to deliver positive recycling changes for your organisation ready for the upcoming UK recycling reforms.

In addition to our programme of speakers hear from panel discussions with Recycle Week sponsors Coca-Cola, Britvic, Tesco, Danone, Arla and Boots. This panel of high-profile individuals discuss their commitment to Recycle Week, talk about future activities for engaging consumers in recycling, and share successes, challenges and opportunities when engaging the public in recycling. 

By attending this event you will:

  • Learn about Sustainable Lifestyle Segmentation, the National Recycling Tracker, Recycle Week and the Let's Go Zero schools’ campaign: Audience segmentation, national Recycling Tracker and schools recycling sessions.
  • Discover strategies for planning and delivering food waste collections and influencing recycling behaviours: Local Authority food waste collections and behavioural science sessions.
  • Learn how WRAP is supporting businesses in implementing or improving workplace recycling: Business recycling in England, Wales and Northern Ireland session.
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More about our speakers

Mark Roberts, Lead Analyst, WRAP

Mark Roberts, Lead Analyst at WRAP

Mark’s focus is on generating actionable behavioural insights to inform the design, delivery, and evaluation of levers for change. Mark applies his behavioural science expertise holistically across the system to understand how WRAP and its partners can bring about systemic change that facilitates more sustainable behaviours and greater circularity.

Mark leads on WRAP's Sustainable Lifestyles segmentation, a tool that provides its users with the behavioural insights that are needed to design behaviour change strategies and tools. His role at WRAP has also seen him apply his behavioural science expertise to the delivery of projects, interventions and campaigns that aimed to changing how citizens buy, use, and dispose of products and packaging.

Mark has over 10 years’ experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating citizen behaviour change programmes in sustainability sector.

Craig Stephens, Senior Campaigns Manager, WRAP

Craig Stephens, Senior Campaigns Manager at WRAP

With nearly 12 years of service at WRAP, Craig is the Senior Campaign Manager for Recycle Now and oversees the delivery and execution of the renowned Recycle Week campaign.

Craig leads a high-performing campaigns team that uses behavioural insights to deliver informed behaviour change campaigns that harnesses established national media connections, encompasses all areas of digital and social media marketing and out of home activations. By combing these elements and using established stakeholder relationships to amplify the campaign the result is a highly resonant behaviour change campaign.


Suzanne Gibbon, Programme Co-ordinator, Let’s Go Zero

Suzanne Gibbon, Programme Co-ordinator at Let’s Go Zero

Suzanne is part of the team leading Let's Go Zero 2030, a national school's campaign uniting schools taking on climate change. She helps to build the movement of change by engaging with local authorities and organisations. She also speaks with schools directly, collecting inspirational stories that have made strides on their path to zero carbon.

Suzanne has recently finished a MSc in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy from Kings College University. She has previously worked for an environmental charity with a focus on community engagement, environmental education, and green space consultation.

Ruth Hunter, Local Authority Technical Consultant, WRAP

Ruth Hunter, Local Authority Technical Consultant at WRAP

Ruth is part of a team at WRAP working with local authorities in England and Northern Ireland to provide 1:2:1 support and develop resources and guides to help LAs across a range of areas; tackling contamination, implementing service changes, communication planning, modelling different collection scenarios with a goal of improving the quantity and quality of recycling collected and reducing waste arisings.

Ruth joined WRAP last year, prior to this she has over 25 years’ experience in local government, leading on environmental strategy and delivery of high quality and efficient frontline services.

Matt Perkins, Group Leader, Waste Management, Swansea City Council

Matt Perkins, Waste Management, Swansea City Council

Matt is a Chartered Waste Manager who has worked in the waste industry for around 20 years. Matt’s career started by doing technical work at landfill sites before moving to work for an environmental construction contractor. He has spent the last 10 years working for Swansea Council where he initially procured major/regional waste contracts before moving to manage the waste service area.

Matt has developed and delivered Waste Strategies for Swansea Council which have seen Swansea Council’s recycling performance continually improve through service enhancements and engendering behavioural change in users of the service.

Rachel Parks, Recycling Officer, Hackney Council

Rachel Parks, Recycling Officer at Hackney Council

Rachel embarked on her journey in the field of environmental sustainability after graduating with a Human Geography and Environment degree from the University of York in 2019.

Today, Rachel proudly serves in a pivotal role at Hackney Council, where she spearheads innovative recycling initiatives. Notably, Hackney Council’s groundbreaking Flats Above Shops (FLASH) Food Waste Trial has become a trailblazer in the realm of environmental solutions. This pioneering effort not only aligns with Defra requirements but also champions waste reduction, heightened recycling rates, and transformative shifts in resident behaviour.

David Hall, Executive Director, Behaviour Change Ltd

David Hall, Executive Director at Behaviour Change Ltd

Behaviour Change is a not-for-profit social enterprise, founded in 2009, creating social and environmental change with big ideas grounded in behavioural science.

As founder, David leads on all strategy work and is an experienced speaker, commentator and workshop facilitator. He has worked with WRAP on recycling since 2017 and since early 2022 he has also been part of WRAP’s Senior Leadership Team.

Outside work he is a published author (of a children’s reading book), a keen theatre goer and is gradually making his way around the South-West coastal path.

Ruth Partridge, Recycling and Collection Advisor at WRAP

Ruth Partridge, Recycling and Collection Advisor, WRAP

Ruth has over 20 years’ experience of working across many sectors in resource management. This has included working for Local Authorities, NHS, Welsh Government and the Third Sector.

She is currently a Recycling Collections Advisor with WRAP Cymru focusing on the delivery of support for the introduction of the new Workplace Recycling Regulations.

Keith Patterson, Sector Specialist, WRAP

Keith Patterson, Sector Specialist at WRAP

Keith has worked for the WRAP for over 15 years and currently as a Specialist in waste and recycling. He has a background in both the private and public sectors, including in local government where he was responsible for the development of waste strategies and front-line service delivery.

At WRAP, Keith employs an evidence-based approach to the development of resource management strategies, behaviour change campaigns, tools, and resources which maximise the value and use of materials. Recent work includes developing a programme of online guidance to improve non-household recycling.

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