Adrian Hawkes

Valpak Limited

German experience compare and contrast

About Adrian Hawkes

Adrian is the Director of Policy at Valpak Limited and is responsible for all aspects of Valpak’s interaction with UK and EU public authorities including formal and informal consultation responses. His 21 years’ experience at Valpak includes him being instrumental in establishing the market based packaging compliance system in the UK. He is a respected advisor to European, National and Local Government.

Prior to joining Valpak Adrian trained as a mechanical engineer and gained over 15 years’ experience in both manufacturing and consulting with leading companies in the consumer goods industry.

“Germany was the first country to introduce packaging regulations and has often been the first to try new systems of EPR. In recent years they moved from a monopoly system to a competitive system, coexists alongside a DRS model and also has developed end markets and sorting technologies plus extensive consumer awareness campaigns. What if anything can UK learn from Germany as we seek to change our systems for the better.”

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