14:15 - 14:35

Waste Not Want Not: A Collective Responsibility

Meet David, one of our industry’s most influential thought leaders on Waste in the UK, with a forward - thinking interview focal on the changing policy environment and updates on shifting waste infrastructure

David Palmer Jones, CEO, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

14:35 - 15:50

Opportunities Arising from the China Ban

Now that China has decided they’ve had enough of our low-quality waste exports, it has prompted a nationwide wake-up call. In this session we explore raising standards in the UK waste system. Deborah will examine the impact on businesses here in the UK and will open up the discussion to the floor, asking how this has affected your business’ directly. Addressing the investment gaps in alternative markets and opportunities this ban may present for British business.

Deborah Sacks, Waste & Resources Specialist, The Department for International Trade

16:00 -16:40


Topic-specific roundtable discussions: Share best practice and develop your strategy. Roundtables running in parallel will provide all participants with an opportunity to discuss their specific concerns. Meet experts and peers from your area of interest and discuss the issues that matter most to you.

Topics include: Insurance *** Emerging technology: from AI, Authorities challenges and opportunities for the UK*** New health & safety guidelines *** Commercial Waste management,

Retailers going zero wasteJessica Palalagi, Head of Waste, Marks & Spencer

16:40 - 16:50

Roundtables’ feedback: Vital information to take away

Table chairs will report on their table discussions and highlight the key points raised and solutions suggested. These points will be shared with all conference attendees, so you will have a good overview of all discussions, not just the one you attend.

16:50 – 17:00

Coffee break

17:00 – 17:40

Redesigning Products in a Throw Away World & Changing Wasteful Thinking

We ask industry leaders to discuss what still needs to be done before the product reaches them, and how manufacturers can make a difference (with these top tips for managing their commercial waste). When it comes to “going green” Paul is our man, as the discussion will uncover some of the best ways we can develop sustainable skills and green culture.

  • Simon Baddley, Development Director, Biffa
  • Simon Ellin, CEO, The Recycling Association
  • Jeremy Blake, Head of Recycling Assets (Polymers), Viridor
  • Paul Vansten, CEO, INCPEN


Key takeaways

Following our discussion on strategy, mutual improvements identified from the audience will be shared to establish some areas for development and the road ahead



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