RE3 - Rethinking Resources and Recycling

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Eng

Abstract

As individuals, our daily routines rely on plastics in their many shapes and forms, whether as long lasting components of our homes and vehicles or as essential elements of important advances in medicine, water purification and infrastructure, or as packaging for cosmetics, food, drink, toiletries, cleaning products and healthcare products. These plastics are unrivalled materials: they are inexpensively synthesised, lightweight, recyclable and often deliver unmatchable performance. However, our love of plastics comes at a significant cost, as the environmental impact of these materials is massive, and growing. Genuinely sustainable plastics will need new forms of resource efficient materials, smart supply chains, and sustainable business practices, requiring holistic and integrated solutions.

This proposal brings together diverse groups from across The University of Manchester to tackle this grand challenge of plastic waste. We seek solutions to the challenge of plastics pollution through an integrated approach that explicitly couples Manchester's strength in sociotechnological understanding and influence to our industry-guided solutions across chemistry, safety, materials, engineering and social sciences. The goal is to create a concerted, focussed consortium of diverse individuals who will lead stakeholder conversations, pitch multi-disciplinary projects that build from our strengths, and incubate these projects into translatable solutions. Through these collaborative efforts we will develop 6-12 projects building from our diverse expertise in urban recycling, sustainable business models, invisible plastic waste, valorising waste plastic streams, and new degradable polymers, and through them aim to:

i) reduce the need for plastic by addressing demand,
ii) improve the materials used to deliver better performance and clean degradation,
iii) demonstrate new methods for recycling soft and mixed plastics/non-plastic films (currently very difficulty) and removal of micro plastics from source; and
iv) create smart circular economies that allow users to take ownership of and reduce plastic waste.

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at The University of Manchester will lead a portfolio of projects to tackle this grand challenge. Activities will be aligned with the first-of-its-kind Greater Manchester plan to drive down single-use plastics by 2020 and use the city-region as a living lab to innovate at speed and deploy solutions at scale.

Planned Impact

This 18-month project, through a unique collaboration of cross-disciplinary academic researchers, will work with our 12 external industrial and government partners (TESCO, CO-OP, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Samsung, UK-CPI, Great Manchester Combined Authority, Chatham House, Argent Energy, Axion, B&M Longworth, and PlasticsEurope) to deliver significant impact to the challenge of eliminating plastic waste in a circular economy. This impact will be broadly felt due to our academic expertise from the core disciplines of Science, Engineering, Humanities, Biology, Medicine & Healthcare at The University of Manchester inspired by and coupled to our cross-sectoral industrial, government and policy partners. These partnerships will identify opportunities, challenges and key solutions to eliminating plastic wastes and reducing their environmental impact. The project outcomes are expected to deliver impacts on:

* The general public, by influencing consumer behaviour change, responsible consumption and waste disposal, through involvement as stakeholders, through press, public engagement and social media communications integrated through the Manchester City Living Lab.

* Our society and environment, by reducing plastic wastes and CO2 emissions through better recycling methods to capture soft plastic film and mixed plastic wastes and development of more rapidly biodegrading plastics for invisible and challenging waste streams.

* Retailers and consumer goods manufacturers, by providing an opportunity to adopt new packaging materials, new recycling methods, new micro-plastic removal methods, new packaging technologies, and new consumer insights through direct engagement and collaboration between academic and industry, valorized by access to IP through licensing.

* Government, regulators, policy makers and local councils beyond Manchester, through piloting new measures to eliminate plastic waste, initially tested in Manchester through city lab projects, and subsequent knowledge transfer to the UK and beyond.

* The economy, by developing new business opportunities and markets for sustainable packaging, new rapidly degradable polymer materials, new recycling methods, all working towards a circular economy underpinning a multi-billion-pound European plastic sector.

* Our future leaders, the early career researchers who will have a unique experience to develop their key skills within the melting pot of this collaborative effort, providing training and experiential learning as a foundation for leadership roles in industry, academia and policy roles.

Organisations

Publications

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Bin Jumah A (2019) Catalyzing the Hydrocracking of Low Density Polyethylene in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

 
Title Think Plastic: Materials and Making 
Description Exhibition at Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. The 'Think Plastic: Materials and Making' exhibition brings together artists and scientists to explore the possibilities of transferring sustainable, recyclable and environmentally responsible plastics from the laboratory into artwork. Through their collaborations, the artists invite us to follow them in reconsidering our relationship with plastic by exploring the intriguing and complex world of this amazing, but controversial, substance. I led the artist team as they understood their new material landscape. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact 4-month exhibition on plastics, sparking conversations around sustainability, permanence, circularity and our ideas of waste. 
URL https://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/think-plastic-materials-and-making/34337
 
Description We have launched a truly interdisciplinary programme of stakeholder driven innovation aimed at understanding and intervening in the local and global challenges where the value of plastic waste sits at the core of solutions. The programme of projects was built not from preconceptions but rather informed by learning histories and visioning workshops with our partners in industry, government and NGOs working alongside our diverse academic teams. In Work Package 1 we combined three proven facilitation techniques (learning history, change point workshops, and sandpits) into a unique process of responsible innovation. Impact is felt in the development of: a shared language and understanding of the systemic and interdisciplinary nature of plastics challenges; more detailed insight in the systems history of plastics applications in health care, food packaging, and clothing; greatly improved proposals for Work Package 2 projects (as compared to exemplar description in original bid); an explicit appreciation of the facilitation process, and the commitment of all project partners and stakeholders to continue this new way of working.

Following Work Package 1, we collaboratively refined and co-designed six projects which, together with our overarching methodological approach, form Work Package 2. Our academics have been hard at work building relationships and networking, participating in numerous industry, policy and academic engagement events. We have focused significant efforts on increasing our stakeholder engagement, and many of our partners are now intimately involved in specific projects, and indeed are targeting commercial outcomes from these projects
Exploitation Route Across all of our work, 24 partners have signed NDAs in the hopes of developing commercial outcomes and stronger economic positions from these interventions.
We have valorised our industry relationships in plastics, sustainability and circularity by pursuing additional projects, directly funded by industry, outside the RE3 framework.
Academic outputs will be in the form of white papers, literature reviews and academic publications..
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

 
Description The RE3 Project has been significantly stakeholder driven and has pushed our academics to build new industry and third sector partnerships, negotiating several new contracts and securing follow-on funding for additional projects outside the RE3 framework. The SYSFOCUS project is working on the first building blocks for a dedicated facilitated approach to generate socio-material solutions for the plastics challenges and we are already exploring ways where this new protocol for working can be used in other contexts at the University of Manchester.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Contributed to a RSC Policy Position papers "Plastic Waste" and "Sustainable Plastics - the role of chemistry"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Professor Arthur Garforth consulted by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in Finland on chemical recycling solutions and markets for plastic waste in a circular economy
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Professor Frank Boons appointed to Defra Systems Research Programme
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Anglian Water - (Un)flushables
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Anglian Water Services 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
 
Description In-bottle Sustainable Formulations - University of Manchester and Unilever
Amount £148,000 (GBP)
Organisation Unilever 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 10/2020
 
Description Alpla 
Organisation Alpla
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Alpla have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Anglian Water 
Organisation Anglian Water Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Members of the Plastic Hygiene project completed stage 1 of a consultancy with Anglian Water and contributed to the change points workshop hosted by Anglian
Collaborator Contribution The partners organised a multi-stakeholder Change Points workshop and provided expertise and funding.
Impact On-going partnership. Completed stage 1 of a consultancy with Anglian Water entitled Unflushables including a deliverable of a report exploring the disposal of single use plastic or woven items such as wet wipes down the toilet, contributing to sewer blockages. Other outputs include a rapid evidence review, delivery of a Change Points workshop, submission of a literature review to WIRES Water, and a range of sectoral impacts.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Argent Energy 
Organisation Argent Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Argent Energy invited to attend meetings and workshops for work package 1 and Circular Fashion project
Collaborator Contribution Attending meetings, workshops and discussions around off-taking re-processed chemicals
Impact Partnership with Argent Energy as a potential off-taker for any re-processed chemicals
Start Year 2019
 
Description AstraZeneca 
Organisation AstraZeneca
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry. AZ invited to RE3 workshop and meetings
Collaborator Contribution Attended several workshops and meetings. Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended the One Bin Discussion Day workshop. AZ also attended a research update meeting on blister packs related to SUSHOSP project (agreed can publish work carried out on RE3 blister packs); the samples and technical expertise provided has allowed work to be carried out smoothly. Update meetings have also taken place at AZ
Impact AstraZeneca have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Axion Polymers 
Organisation Axion
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop. Attended kick-off meeting for the Sustainable Hospital project
Impact Axion Polymers have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description B&M Longworth 
Organisation B&M Longworth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Analysis of data supplied by B&M Longworth
Collaborator Contribution Provided fabrics to the Textiles project for chromatographic and spectroscopic testing. KTP associate employed by company to work between University of Manchester and B&M Longworth.
Impact KTP with B&M Longworth on recycling materials in waste carpets
Start Year 2019
 
Description BASF 
Organisation BASF
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact BASF
Start Year 2019
 
Description BP 
Organisation BP (British Petroleum)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact BP are a confirmed project partner who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Baxter Healthcare Ltd 
Organisation Baxter
Department Baxter Healthcare
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to attend kick off meeting of the Sustainable Hospitals project and further update meetings. Research has been presented to an eight-strong technical team Global Packaging and GSHE at AstraZeneca.
Collaborator Contribution The NDA signoff with Baxter Healthcare was completed in November and this will now lead to access to IV bags IV bags consisting of polyolefins (PE, PP with PA) and attempt to separate and catalytic depolymerisation over the next three months (AT and AG).
Impact The NDA signoff with Baxter Healthcare was completed in November
Start Year 2019
 
Description Braskem 
Organisation Bracket Global
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Braskem have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Centre for Process Innovation 
Organisation Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact CPI are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description CoOp 
Organisation The Co-operative Group Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to attend several RE3 workshops and meetings. PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended several workshops in work package 1 and 2 of the RE3 Project, including a Discussion Day workshop for the One Bin project. Connected the Invisible Plastics project to suppliers of fresh spring water. Providing packaging materials, industrial expertise and knowledge surrounding current materials used in packaging and their shortcomings for the Degradables project. Attended stakeholder engagement meeting for the Sustainable Hospitals project. Also a member of the RE3 Advisory Board.
Impact The Co Op have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description DSposal 
Organisation DSposal
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop. Also working with SustHosp Project to explore NHS data sets possibly available further to EPSRC meeting.
Impact DSposal have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Delphis Eco 
Organisation Delphis Eco
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Delphis Eco are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Delphis Eco 
Organisation Delphis Eco
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Delphis Eco have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Derwen Aggregates 
Organisation Derwen Aggregates
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Derwen Aggregates are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Derwen Aggregates 
Organisation Dezeen Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Derwen Aggregates have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Faerch 
Organisation Faerch
Country Denmark 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop for the One Bin Project.
Impact Faerch have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Greater Manchester Combined Authority 
Organisation Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Circular Fashion project team have been liaising with Greater Manchester Combined Authority to understand the policy context and corporate appetite for establishing a circular economy around fashion in the region. One Bin PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in several workshops in work package 1 and 2 of the RE3 Project. Attended stakeholder engagement meetings for the Circular Fashion project. Confirmed project partner on the One Bin project.
Impact On-going partnership
Start Year 2019
 
Description NHS 
Organisation National Health Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Through stakeholder interviews and analysis of real data researchers were able to identify and map unused and single-use polymers (work package 1) in a hospital setting
Collaborator Contribution NHS stakeholders provided real NHS data and gave ward tours to assist with Work Package 1 on the Sustainable Hospitals project
Impact Identification and mapping of unused and single-use polymers through supplier production/hospital procurement data led by Dr Sharmina (MACE - Tyndall). Carly Fisher (PDRA with Maria) presented the approach of material flow mapping and literature review findings.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Nestlé 
Organisation Nestlé UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Nestlé have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Northern Gateway 
Organisation Gateway Community College
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Northern Gateway have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description PZ Cussons 
Organisation PN Sensor
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact PZ Cussons are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description PZ Cussons 
Organisation PZ Cussons
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact PZ Cussons have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Plastics Europe 
Organisation PlasticsEurope
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited to contribute to several workshops and meetings. Gave presentations on their strength and concerns in the plastics recycling industry.
Collaborator Contribution Attended stakeholder engagement meetings for the Sustainable Hospitals project. Member of the RE3 Advisory Board.
Impact On-going partnership
Start Year 2019
 
Description Polytag 
Organisation Polytag
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Polytag have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description SUEZ 
Organisation SUEZ worldwide
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact SUEZ are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Sainsbury's 
Organisation Sainsbury's
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Sainsbury's are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Samsung 
Organisation Samsung
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to attend several RE3 workshops and meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Member of the Advisory Board. Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended several workshops in work package 1 and 2 of the RE3 Project,
Impact On-going partnership
Start Year 2019
 
Description Tesco 
Organisation Tesco Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to contribute to several workshops and meetings. Gave presentations on their strength and concerns in the plastics recycling industry. PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry.
Collaborator Contribution Providing packaging materials, industrial expertise and knowledge surrounding current materials used in packaging and their shortcomings for the Degradables project. Member of the RE3 Advisory Board.
Impact On-going partnership
Start Year 2019
 
Description Unilever 
Organisation Unilever
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to contribute to several workshops and meetings. Gave presentations on their strength and concerns in the plastics recycling industry. PDRA has also been conducting semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry.
Collaborator Contribution Took part in several workshops during work packages 1 and 2 of the RE3 Project. Gave semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop for the One Bin project. Providing packaging materials, industrial expertise and knowledge surrounding current materials used in packaging and their shortcomings for the Degradables project
Impact Unilever have signed an NDA and are a confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description Viridor 
Organisation Viridor
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Invited to participate in One Bin project meetings and workshops. PDRA has conducted semi-structured interview to identify their major concerns and issues with the plastic recycling industry
Collaborator Contribution Took part in semi-structured interviews and attended Discussion Day workshop
Impact Viridor are confirmed project partners who wish to continue to explore the One Bin project with us including applications for further funding
Start Year 2019
 
Description WRAP 
Organisation Waste and Resources Action Programme
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited to attend several WP1 & 2 workshops and meetings. Invited to Chair RE3 Advisory Board and have oversight of RE3 projects
Collaborator Contribution Chairs RE3 Advisory Board, whose goal it is to ensure the overarching project is progressing in the right direction. Both the overall project team and individual sub-projects report to the Advisory Board
Impact On-going Partnership
Start Year 2019
 
Description Green Materials Laboratory Meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Adisa Azapagic attended Green Materials Laboratory Meeting where she discussed research progress with colleagues and gained valuable insight into future experiments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description North West Business Leadership Team 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver represented RE3 North West Business Leadership team meeting, engaging with local stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Ali Brown gave a presentation to Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing colleagues and shared ideas for future research proposals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ChemIndix 2019 Conference and Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Arthur Garforth and his PhD student gave a talk on Recycling Polymers to Chemicals, linked to his work on the RE3 Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Beijing 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alison Brown presented to Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Beijing colleagues and shared ideas for future research proposals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Edinburgh Science Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver discussed the future of plastics and waste management at Edinburgh Science Festival 2019, in an event linked to the exhibition Think Plastic: Materials and Making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Professor Lin Li attended the The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge (GMEC) 2019, where teachers will lead a create and improve challenge, getting pupils to gather plastics (rather than recycling) and bringing them in to build something out of the plastic. Prof Li gave a brief talk on the work of the RE3 project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Greater Manchester Green Summit 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Plenary Lecture for Green Summit of Greater Manchester Combined Authority on circular plastics. Over 500 attendees at lecture, plus follow-on sandpit event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description High Polymer Research Group Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver presented a talk on Monomer Design for Functional and Sustainable Degradable Polyesters at the High Polymer Research Group Conference where he highlighted the work of the RE3 Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description House of Lords Reception 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver was invited to attend a reception at House of Lords on sustainability and plastics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited lecture 2019 - University of Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver was invited to give a guest lecture at the University of Sheffield where he updated the audience on the work of the RE3 Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited lecture at University of British Columbia 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver gave a lecture at the University of British Columbia where he updated the audience on the work of the RE3 Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description KTN Business Breakfast Sept 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver gave a lecture at the September KTN Business Breakfast in 2019, which gave delegates an opportunity to hear about the current UK plastics recycling landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Kavli Royal Society Centre satellite meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Arthur Garforth was invited to speak at the Kavli Royal Society Centre 'Scientific priorities for realising a circular economy' satellite meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lecture at Simon Fraser University 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver gave a lecture at the Simon Fraser University in Canada where he updated audience members on the work of the RE3 Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Packaging Innovations Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver gave a lecture at the 2019 Packaging Innovations Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Pint of Science Jan 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The RE3 Project hosted a Pint of Science style event titled The Challenges of Ending Plastic Waste in Manchester city centre. Speakers Professor Michael Shaver, Prof Mark Miodownik, and Dr Claudia Henninger led discussions on the current state of plastic use in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description RSC Materials Chemistry Sustainable Plastics Meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver participated in a RSC Materials Chemistry Sustainable Plastics Meeting. Discussions from attendees who were all experts in plastics led to a policy document
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rur...
 
Description Royal Society, London Meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Arthur Garforth was invited to speak at a Royal Society, London, 'Science to enable the circular economy' discussion meeting, which addressed eliminating plastics pollution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Single Use Plastics Action Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professors Michael Shaver, Arthur Garforth and Lin Li joined the University of Manchester's Single use plastic action group which focuses on reducing single use plastic across research, teaching and hospitality services
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professors Frank Boons and Michael Shaver presented at the 2019 SCI Festival including topics such as "Circular economy for more sustainable and equitable consumption" incorporating an update on the work of the RE3 Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Tyndall Assembly 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact PDRA Carly Fletcher presented on the subject of RE3:Sustainable Hospitals project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK-Kuwait Fuel Recovery from Plastic Solid Waste Symposium 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Arthur Garforth gave a presentation outlining capabilities on Catalysis and speficially on polymer recycling at Manchester to representatives from Kuwaiti Institue for Scientific Research (KISR)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UKRI Circular Economy Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Alejandro Gallego Schmid and Lihong Zhang of the RE3 Project attended UKRI Circular Economy workshop whose aim is to identify synergies and agree more concrete ways of all PRIF groups working together as a network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Bath 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor A. Garforth gave lecture on plastic recycling at University of Bath chemistry department. Set up experimental apparatus and good working practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Manchester Finance Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Michael Shaver gave a presentation at the University of Manchester Finance Conference 2019 where he spoke on Plastics and Sustainability and the RE3 Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Manchester Single Use Plastic Action Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professors Lin Li and Arthur Garforth became members of the University of Manchester Single Use Plastic Action Group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Shanghai 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alison Browne presentation on 'Plastic Hygiene' at University of Shanghai, presenting to a range of sociology, history and related environmental governance colleagues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019