Defra has started looking for a new chair for the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) as Bob Lisney leaves the role after five years.
The body was set up in 1997 and revamped in 2010 to advise the department on the packaging recycling targets under the producer responsibility regime. As well as a new chair, Defra is also recruiting new committee members.
Lisney mentioned some of the achievements of the organisation in the past five years, including conducting research on the use of packaging in comparison with other EU countries, and on the issue of high glass prices in 2011-12, which lead to the amendment of the recycling target for the material last year.
The ACP has also assisted the plastics industry to develop a road map in conjunction with WRAP in order to meet its recycling targets.
“I feel this is the ideal time to step down,” said Lisney. “I have helped set the UK on the road to compliance by 2017 but with the EU consultation on packaging targets to be debated, agreed and delivered on a timetable up to 2030 I think this needs new thinking and some new blood.”
A set if policy to boost the circular economy that includes higher packaging targets for 20130 is under discussion in the European Parliament.
Lisney will now focus on his roles as a Trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association and the Public Catalogue Foundation as well as pursuing his passion for film and photography.