Programme

With ministerial keynotes and four key themes – ‘50% recycling and beyond’, ‘Sharing cost and responsibility across the supply chain’, ‘A UK vision for resource efficiency’ and ‘New delivery paradigms’ – this year’s programme is focused both on exploring solutions to today’s challenges on day one, and on shaping the future of UK waste and resource management policy on day two.

Throughout the conference highly interactive sessions will provide ample opportunity for debate, with day one’s practitioner-focused breakout workshops specifically focusing on areas of challenge or change. Topics include new contractual relationships, enforcement and waste crime, future residual waste options and collection consistency.

The full list of speakers will be announced shortly so please keep checking this page regularly for updates.

Day 1

9.30 – 10.00 - Keynote Address

Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group (invited)

10.00 – 11.20 - UK Recycling: 50% and Beyond...or Bust?

With increasing pressure on the UK household recycling rate and greater ambition emerging from the European Commission, this session explores the potentially ‘game changing’ moves that will be needed to move to 50% recycling and beyond. Food and plastic waste streams and collection harmonisation will be under the spotlight, along with behaviour change and communications, and the supporting role that the retail sector can play.

Speakers include:

  • Linda Crichton, Head of Resource Management, WRAP
  • Donna Ball, Assistant Director, Department of Place, Bolton Council (invited)
  • Paul Ringham, Commercial Director, Viridor
  • Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager, The Co-operative Group (invited)
  • Jayne Cox, Director, Brook Lyndhurst

11.20 – 11.40 - Refreshments & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

11.40 – 13.00 - In the Hot Seat: Who’s Responsible for Recycling?

Challenging market conditions, public sector spending constraints, and wider circular economy thinking have stimulated a growing debate about how cost and responsibility for recycling and resource stewardship are shared across the supply chain. This session explores different perspectives on extended producer responsibility, consumer and business engagement, and the influencing role of high street brands that are increasingly under the spotlight.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Lappage, Head of Operations, North London Waste Authority
  • Steve Gough, Chief Executive, Valpak
  • Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners

13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

14.00 – 15:00 - Breakout Sessions

Session 1: The contract conundrum: new contract options and models, and their implications

Session 2: Smarter solutions for business waste: rethinking service models

Session 3: Keeping waste crime at bay: tackling illegal waste behaviour and activities collaboratively

15.00 – 15.30 - Refreshments & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

15.30 – 16:30 - Breakout Sessions

Session 4: Burn, bury or export: modelling future residual waste disposal options

Session 5: The urban recycling challenge: the latest tools and service innovations

Session 6: Higher up the hierarchy: business cases for reuse

16.30 – 17:00 - Closing Plenary



Day 2

9.30 – 10.00 - Keynote Address

Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Minister for Environment and Rural Life Opportunities, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (invited)

10.00 – 11.20 - Resource Efficiency and Productivity: a New UK Vision

With significant areas of future UK policy currently under development through Defra’s 25-year Environment Plan, BEIS’ Industrial Strategy, the National Infrastructure Assessment, and the Clean Growth Plan, this session will explore what a new UK vision for resources could look like.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Marcus Gover, Chief Executive, WRAP
  • Dimitri Zenghelis, Co-Head Climate Policy, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & the Environment, LSE (invited)
  • Stewart Davies, Chief Executive, Augean plc and Chairman, ESA
  • McKinsey Center for Business & Environment - Speaker tbc

11.20 – 11.40 - Refreshments & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

11.40 – 13.00 - Risks, Opportunities and the ‘Brexit’ Factor

This session will build on the previous one, exploring different factors that will influence and impact on the waste and resources agenda, from the potential impact of Brexit on legislation and markets to new supply chain relationships, and from the latest consumer behaviour trends to stronger corporate CSR drivers around sustainability and climate change.

Speakers include:

  • David Newman, President, World Biogas Association
  • Dr Colin Church, Chief Executive, CIWM
  • Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, M&S (invited)
  • Leon Graff, Managing Director, Smurfit Kappa Recycling Benelux & UK

13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

14.00 – 15:45 - Fresh Perspectives on Delivering Resource Productivity

This session explores the different ‘lenses’ through which waste, resource productivity and circular economy strategies might be viewed, planned for and implemented in the future – including ‘smart’ cities, local/regional economic development, industrial feedstock opportunities, and new investment platforms.

Speakers include:

  • Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London (invited)
  • Carl Beer, Chief Executive, Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority
  • Freek van Eijk, Managing Director, Acceleratio

15.45 – 16.15 - Closing Keynote Address

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Climate Change and Industry, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (invited)

16.15 – 16:30 - Summing up and Close



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