Economics, Environment and Employment – delivering the circular economy in Wales

08:45 - 09:30 - Registration

Opportunity for networking.

09:30 - 10:15 - Keynote Session

Welcome: Robert Little, Chair, CIWM Cymru Wales

Ministerial Keynote: Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government

10:15 - 11.15 -The future for Wales - opportunities & challenges ahead

Hear from four expert panellists as they discuss the future of resources and waste management over the next decade from a range of different perspectives. Expect lively debate on producer responsibility and industry and technological advances, to social enterprise and procurement.

Facilitator: Robert Little, Chair, CIWM Cymru Wales


  • Kinza Sutton, Marketing & Public Affairs Manager Europe, Plastipak Packaging (invited)
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ R&R UK (invited)
  • Veolia Speaker TBC
  • Legal/procurement expert

11:15 – 11:45 - Refreshments

Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

11:45 – 12:45 - How Wales can maximise the benefits of the Circular Economy

Panel session exploring how Wales can maximise the potential benefits of the new waste management system. From economic, social and infrastructure requirements to new relationships that will need to be forged to deliver success – a vibrant panel session will raise shared issues and provide best practice advice.

Facilitator: Brian Mayne, Regional Director Resource Efficiency, Ricardo Energy & Environment


  • Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle UK & Ireland    
  • Prof Karel Williams, Professor of Accounting & Political Economy, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru
  • Wales Infrastructure Commission

12:45 – 13:45 - Lunch

Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing.

13:45 – 14:45 - Workshops

An opportunity to choose between two topical workshops. The first focuses on a deposit return scheme for drinks containers, whilst the alternative session addresses the increasing pressure on local authorities to deliver more with less.

Workshop A - The way ahead in Wales - EPR for packaging, DRS for drinks containers & Plastics Tax

Workshop B - The ‘What If’ Challenge - Business Planning in Uncertain Times

The consultations on reforms to the packaging system, a tax on packaging items with less than 30% recycled content, and the merits of a deposit return system for drinks containers, all present opportunities and challenges for stakeholders.

How do we in Wales make the most of the opportunities and address the challenges so that we continue to be a world leader in managing and recycling waste while moving further towards zero waste and a circular economy?

Local Authority services are under increasing pressure to deliver more with less resource. This session will look at the emerging challenges and opportunities for the municipal waste sector and how the sector is responding.
The six north Wales local authorities are working collaboratively on an innovative project to get recyclables out of the residual waste stream which will save resources, increase recycling and help provide better materials for the circular economy.

As recycling rates rise and more materials are captured, its essential that reprocessing facilities are available in the UK to ensure that resources are used to support jobs and growth. The infrastructure project will focus on the facilities that are required and where, in order to ensure that there is capacity to deal with those materials.

It is also essential that manufacturers and retailers play a greater role in meeting the costs of the products they bring to market and are incentivised to design packaging in the most easily recyclable way. The Extended Producer Responsibility debate is essential to understand how services may be funded in the future. Equally a well-designed Deposit Return Scheme may be part of the policy mix but only if it does not undermine the universally available kerb side services.

Craig Mitchell, Head of Waste Support, Waste Improvement Programme, Regeneration and Environment, transport and Planning, WLGA


  • Cllr David Bithell, Wrexham County Borough Council
  • Cllr Carolyn Thomas, Flintshire County Council
  • Taliesin Maynard, Head of Waste and Recycling Infrastructure, Welsh Government
  • Brian Mayne, Regional Director Resource Efficiency, Ricardo Energy & Environment

14:45 - 15:15 - Refreshments

Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing.

15:15 - 16:15 - BITC Waste to Wealth: It's time to stop throwing our future away

“We can only tackle climate change with the support of leaders of innovative businesses.” BITC Environment Director, Gudrun Cartwright and a panel of Business in the Community (BITC) business champions will share their ambitions and plans for the recently launched BITC Cymru Waste to Wealth Commitment.

Waste to Wealth brings together business, government, academia and civil society to unlock opportunities to double the nation’s resource productivity and reduce avoidable waste by 2030 through an ambitious programme of research, learning and practical action. Waste to Wealth will support businesses to define individual and collaborative action plans and start to identify innovative solutions to shared challenges.

Current Waste to Wealth champions include: Sainsburys, Burger King, Nestle, JLL, Interface and EMR Metal Recycling.

For more details on the Waste to Wealth Commitment click here.

16:15 - Feedback and Conference Summary