Last year's agenda
12.00 WELCOME ADDRESS
Corin Williams, Editor, MRW
12.10 POWER TALK: TACKLING WASTE CRIME
The new taskforce launched to tackle the £600 million a year criminal waste industry is making waves. Learn about what’s been done so far, the taskforce’s plans for the future, and how waste crime can be avoided.
Nicola Lawton, National Enforcement Service Deputy Director, The Environment Agency
12.45 PANEL: WHY DOES OUR RUBBISH END UP WHERE IT SHOULDN’T?
One of the most pressing issues in waste today; countries around the world repatriating thousands of tonnes of plastic waste begs the question – how and why did it end up there? Hear from four industry experts on why this is happening, and what needs to be done next.
CHAIR: Corin Williams, Editor, MRW
PANEL: Simon Ellin, Chief Executive, Recycling Association
Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
Malcolm Lythgo, Head of Waste Regulation, The Environment Agency
Sophie Walker, COO & Co-Founder, Dsposal
Lauren Hill, Technical Director, Acumen
13.30 CASE STUDY: NET ZERO: THE RESOURCE TRIANGLE
The drive towards ‘net zero’ is seeing waste increasingly positioned as the 3rd element of the ‘resource triangle’. Whilst the majority of business are relatively mature in terms of discipline, data and reporting when it comes to energy and water, there is still work to be done to extend this sophistication to the sustainable management of waste and resources. In today’s session we discuss the key factors in ensuring your waste strategy supports the delivery of a Carbon neutral business.
Nathan Gray, Head of Sustainability, Reconomy
13.55 IN COVERSATION WITH: DECARBONISING THE WASTE SECTOR
The incineration of recyclable plastics prevents circularity and instantly converts solid material into atmospheric CO2 – no longer appropriate at a time of climate crisis. Yet the economics of waste are firmly stacked against decarbonisation. This session will explore how campaigners are pushing for greater application of the ‘polluter pays’ principle to stimulate the circular economy and rebalance the economics of waste.
Georgia Elliott-Smith, Managing Director, Element 4 Group
14.20 SPOTLIGHT SESSION: PROGRESS ON THE RESOURCES AND WASTE STRATEGY
The government claims it is prioritising the environment – but what’s going on behind the scenes? Hear about new legislation and future plans set out for the resources and waste strategy.
Chris Preston, Deputy Director of Resources and Waste, DEFRA
14.55: CASE STUDY: THE IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLING
With the essential role of HWRCs highlighted during their COVID closure, and fly tipping remaining high on the list of issues in politicians’ inboxes, we take a look at the importance of recycling and the part local HWRCs play in reducing waste crime, alongside the need for more effective enforcement as deterrents and the laws in place to allow this. This session will take a look at current legislation, interventions and what needs to change to stamp out fly tipping as waste crime.
Mark Barnfield, Head of Municipal Collections and Streetscene, FCC Environment
Charlotte Tompkins, Waste Services Manager, East Northamptonshire Council
15:20 PANEL: CHANGING BEHAVIOURS
Increasingly, the public are calling for a greener waste plan. Yet a paradox remains at the heart of this: few consumers with positive attitudes toward eco-friendly wastage follow through with managing their waste. So how do we train consumers out of the throwaway mindset?
Trewin Restorick, CEO & Founder, Hubbub
James Close, Head of the Circular Economy Programme, LWARB
Angeliki Balayannis, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Exeter
16.00 CLOSING REMARKS
Corin Williams, Editor, MRW