The Future of Waste Management & Recycling Conference and Exhibition (London)
The UK is rubbish at rubbish, dumping around 50% of its municipal waste into landfill sites, compared to just 1% buried by Germany, the 2011 Institute of Civil Engineers The State of the Nation report finds. Statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2014 show that England is “no closer” to meeting the European Union’s 2020 50% recycling targets. According to the Government’s 2014 Waste from Households statistics, recycling rates in England have almost flatlined, rising just 0.1 percentage point in 2014 compared to the previous year, to 44.2%. Businesses and homeowners are involved in finding innovative new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, as directed by government legislation and initiatives. More must be done, however, if the UK is to achieve the ‘circular economy’ that the EU directives aspire to.
Join us for The Future of Waste Management & Recycling Conference and Exhibition, where high level speakers from government, industry and non-profit organisations will be presenting their views on how to solve the UK’s waste management problem and bring recycling in line with EU directives. Topics covered will include innovative ways that government, businesses and homeowners are reducing, reusing and recycling waste and what more must be done to achieve a ‘circular economy’.
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|Dr Karl Williams||Head of Centre for Waste Management – University of Central Lancashire|
|Jacob Hayler||Executive Director, Environmental Services Association|
|Glenn Stuart||Head of Waste Management, Bury Council|
|David Whitehouse||Project Manager, Warwickshire County Council|
|Bryn Griffiths||Assistant Director for Economy, Skills and Environment Suffolk County Council|
|Lee Hossain||Head of Waste Sector Investment - Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, UK Trade & Investment|
|Kay Cocks||Partnership Manager, Staffordshire Waste Partnership|
|Derek Edwards||South East Regional Director, Viridor|
|Antony Buchan||Head of Programme – Local Authority Support, London Waste and Recycling Board|
|Doug Simpson||Principal Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority|
|James Owen||Commercial Director, Public Power Solutions|
In 2014, the European Commission made amendments to the 2008 EU Waste Framework Directive and the 1999 Landfill Directive, intended to help turn Europe into a circular economy, boost recycling, secure access to economic materials, and create economic growth. The amendments set out new waste management goals for the UK, including reducing landfilling rates to just 25%, phasing out landfilling for recyclables and cutting food waste by 30% by 2025. These directives aim to help the UK government to reduce the amount of waste that the country produces.
Waste reduction targets from central government have encouraged local councils to champion initiatives designed to encourage people to reuse things they might otherwise throw away. According to the 2014 Local Government Association Routes to Reuse report, nearly 615,000 tonnes of materials that are currently taken to landfill or incinerated could be repaired, sold or donated. Doing this would save the tax payer more than £60 million each year. One successful initiative that has been backed by local councils is the Community RePaint scheme, where paint is collected and sorted at waste and recycling centres and then made available to community groups, schools, charities, housing association tenants and other households. In 2012, the scheme saved more than 387,000 litres of paint from going to waste and redistributed 218,000 litres to those in need.
Materials that cannot be reused are recycled to provide energy through government funded energy from waste initiatives. In November 2015, work started on a £200 million energy from waste power plant in Hull, partly funded by a £20 million EU grant. The project’s developers, Energy Works, claim that the plant will generate enough energy to power 43,000 homes, turning more than 240,000 tonnes of commercial and domestic waste into gas each year. According to the 2014 Defra Energy from waste: a guide to the debate report, energy from waste will remain a vital way of directing residual waste away from landfill.
The private sector has a lot to gain from reducing, reusing and recycling waste, potentially saving up to £6.4 billion per year, according to the 2013 North London Waste Authority report Reduce waste, save money: a guide for businesses. Some businesses have recognised this, signing up to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Courtauld Commitment, phase three of which runs from 2013 to 2015. The commitment aims to mitigate the £19.4 billion per year costs associated with waste from the UK food supply chain by setting reduction targets, for phase three these were: reduce household food and drink waste by 5%; reduce traditional grocery packaging waste by 3%; improve packaging design to maximise recycled content. October 2015 figures from the programme suggest that these targets will be exceeded, with 80,000 tonnes of waste being saved so far.
Government mandated recycling initiatives have encouraged the private sector to implement methods for reusing and recycling waste. For example, to encourage customers to reuse plastic shopping bags, government legislation recently made it the law in England that large retailers must charge at least 5p for single-use carrier bags from 5 October 2015. Defra figures show that 7.64 billion plastic bags were handed out in supermarkets in 2014, each taking around 200 years each to biodegrade. Businesses hope to see an 80% reduction in plastic bag use in supermarkets, representing a £60 million saving in litter clean-up costs and £13 million in carbon savings.
Businesses have a duty of care when it comes to waste, enforced by government legislation. From January 2015, businesses are required to separate recyclable materials from other waste, as set out in the EU Waste Framework Directive, to improve the quality and quantity of recycling across the UK. Those failing to comply with the new laws will risk a fine of up to £10,000. Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said of the new laws: "It's estimated that businesses across Scotland could save up to £192m by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and recycling as much waste as possible."
There is also a growing market at home and abroad for businesses with innovative and effective technologies that help to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. The ability of businesses to extract more value from the waste they manage has increased markedly over the past decade. The gross value added per tonne by the waste management sector rose 33% in real terms between 2004 and 2012, according to a February 2015 Defra report, Resource management: a catalyst for growth and productivity. Globally the market for managing commercial and industrial waste, for example, is projected by Defra to grow significantly from $387bn in 2013 to $750bn by 2020. The department believes there is “a good match” between UK capabilities in such areas to capitalise on these global opportunities.
Household waste is also a major area of concern in terms of improving waste management. Each year we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes, the majority of which could have been consumed, according to the 2013 WRAP annual report. This equates to each household spending £60 per month on food that was bought but not eaten. Organisations such as the Real Junk Food Project in Leeds aim to show how much of this food could be saved, by serving menus made exclusively from “intercepted” food from homes and businesses that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. In the first three months of 2015 the “pay as you feel” Real Junk Food cafes fed 21,300 people, using 35 tonnes of food that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Reusing and recycling resources at home is just as important as doing so on a national and corporate scale. From waste electricals and electronic equipment (WEEEs) alone, £220 million in resale value could have been obtained from repair, refurbishment and open market resale. According to a study conducted by environmental consulting firm Cooler, buying a preowned smartphone saves 94% of the carbon associated with getting a new one. In recent years, local councils have been doing more to encourage household recycling. Rochford District Council, for example, has England’s highest recycling rates at around 60%. Head of Environmental Services, Richard Evans, ascribes this success to the simplicity of their recycling scheme. The biggest bin outside homes is for recycling, and holds 60l more waste than the ‘residual bin’, helping to change mindsets.
Delegates attending The Future of Waste Management & Recycling Conference and Exhibition will learn about the arguments around improving UK waste management, and how government, businesses and individuals can contribute to reducing waste. They will learn how applying a reduce, reuse, recycle approach to waste across all areas of their lives can reduce environmental impact and lead to economic savings.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Karl Williams, Head of Centre for Waste Management, University of Central Lancashire
Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association
Delivering sustainable recycling services – using the market to achieve best value for householders?
Antony Buchan, Head of Programme, Local Authority Support, London Waste and Recycling Board
Antony is Head of the Resource London programme, supporting London waste authorities to deliver significant savings and improve performance. He is a waste management professional with 16+ years’ experience in local, regional and national government and the commercial sector. A member of the negotiating team that created LWARB Antony has been working for LWARB since its establishment.
Refreshments and Networking Break
Lee Hossain, Head of Waste Sector Investment - Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, UK Trade & Investment
An established civil servant with policy development, co-ordination and delivery experience gained from a number of wide ranging and key departments including: UKTI, DECC, Defra, OFT, Home Office and DFID. Also worked in the private sector in banking, retail, publishing house, trade associations.
Kay Cocks, Partnership Manager, Staffordshire Waste Partnership
Local authority challenges in waste management
Derek Edwards, Regional Managing Director, Viridor
Building Regional Resources Networks
JAnita Manns, Principal Waste Consultant, Mott Macdonald
Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy adding value for public and private clients on agenda-setting, next-generation projects worldwide. We use our ingenuity to save our customers money and time, reduce risks, increase efficiency, maximise sustainable outcomes and advance best practice.
Lunch and Networking
Bryn Griffiths, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Waste, Suffolk County Council
Delivering a Major Infrastructure Project – Suffolk’s Energy from Waste Plant
Glenn Stuart, Head of Waste Management, Bury Council
Jonathan Shears, Head Geographic Information Sales, Telespazio
Helping You Spot the Rubbish – from 600km
Telespazio is one of the major global suppliers of geospatial application solutions and services. Through its subsidiaries, Telespazio is active in all areas relating to the Earth observation market: from acquiring and processing satellite data to developing and selling software and products.
Refreshments and Networking
David Whitehouse, Project Manager, Warwickshire County Council
Recycling and Re-use Partnerships
David Whitehouse is a member of Warwickshire County Council's award-winning Waste Management team. Since joining the authority in 2008, David has played a key role in developing and driving forward strategic partnerships and collaborative procurement projects - ranging from residual waste treatment to re-use schemes.
Doug Simpson , Principal Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority
London waste policy and transition to the Circular Economy
Next steps – new Mayor in May, developing a single London Env strategy + other strategies, new London Plan
Closing Remarks from Chair
Dr Karl Williams, Head of Centre for Waste Management – University of Central Lancashire
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- Waste management issues in the UK
- Government initiatives for reusing waste
- Economic benefits of reusing waste
- How is energy from waste important
- Economic waste management benefits for businesses
- How carrier bag charge will reduce waste
- Changes to private sector recycling
- Impact of food waste at home
- Initiatives to combat food waste
- Benefits of buying reused goods
Who should attend?
Delegates attending on the day will include, Local Authority Policymakers in Environmental Services, Waste Management Professionals, Sanitary Services, Recycling Officers, Energy Efficiency Officers, Renewable Energy Providers, Environmental & Utilities Service Providers, Planning Officers, Chief Executives, Directors & Elected Members, Sustainability Advisers, Climate Change Officers, Strategic Policy Directors, PFI Programme Directors, Emergency Planning Officers, Procurement Officials, Transport Professionals, Building & Estates Services, Environment Engineers and Architects, Technology Providers, Third Sector Practitioners, Academics, Analysts and Researcher from across the Packaging Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Central Government Departments and Agencies, Local Authorities, Universities, School, the NHS, wider Private Sector and all those involved and with an interest in the future of waste management.