The Role of Pulp, Paper and Packaging in the Circular Economy is the theme of the Appita New Zealand Section One Day Conference being held at the Distinction Rotorua Hotel, on Friday 30th August 2019.
 
The Circular Economy is defined as “a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emissions, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing and narrowing materials and energy loops” (Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2015). According to NCASI (National Council for Air & Stream Improvement - USA) *, the pulp and paper industry is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of the Circular Economy. One of the core principles is the use of renewable resources wherever possible, which is met by the P&P industry.
 
The aim of the Circular Economy is to enhance the circularity by seeking ways to increase the beneficial use of residuals, along with enhancing cascading and recycling of forest products. Come along to this Conference and hear some stimulating and informative presentations on what the pulp, paper and packaging industry is doing, and initiatives from other businesses including James Hardie, Red Stag Timber, Laminex New Zealand and Convex. Debbie O’Byrne, the first keynote speaker, will set the scene with her presentation The Circular Economy Opportunity for the Pulp and Paper Industry.
 
*Source: National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI). Fact Sheet: The Forest Products Sector - Circular by Design. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. December 2018.