09:00 - 09:30 - Registration

An opportunity to network with peers new and old, and view the exhibition before the conference begins.

09:30 - 09:40 - Welcome Address & Introductions 

CIWM Cymru Centre Chair, Ben Maizey, welcomes us to Cardiff and begins the conference by setting the scene for the topics being discussed throughout the day, along with an update on CIWM's Welsh Centre activities.  

09:40 - 10:00 - Presentation: Sector Policy Update 

A policy update from The Welsh Government's Andy Rees on the latest changes impacting the sector, including any impending changes. 

10:00 - 10:45 - Panel Discussion: Digital DRS, does it have a bright future? 

 - Defining a digital DRS and the current infrastructure in Wales. 
 - Reviewing the Brecon trial of digital DRS, from concept to fruition and what the key outcomes were. 
 - Discussing the pros and cons of wider adoption across the UK and the possibilities from a multi-policy approach. 
 - Growing at scale, is DDRS the next step for Wales's reuse journey? 

Panelists include: 
(Moderator) Ben Maizey, CIWM Welsh Centre Council 
Jim Bligh, FDF
Duncan Midwood, The DDRS Alliance 
Ashley Collins, Powys County Council 
Emma Hallett, WRAP 

10:45 - 11:10 - Morning Keynote Presentation: Supporting the Transition to a Regional Circular Economy - Evidence from Wales 

As Wales continues to drive it's efforts in circularity, in this session we will look defining the circular economy and the work of CEIC with Gary Walpole, including real-life examples of CE projects and partnerships utilising circular models. 

11:10 - 11:40 - Break & Exhibition Viewing

As you digest the morning's sessions, why not grab a refreshing drink, network with industry peers and take a look at the exhibition. 

11:40 - 12:40 - Breakout Sessions

Attendees will have the choice of three breakout sessions to pick from, each focusing on the big topics dominating our industry including: 
 - The Good Strategy Toolkit; Jane Cherrington and Andrew Gore from Local Partnerships will be sharing tools, practices and LA focused use-cases that can help provide support and drive strategies for businesses across the sector. 
 - Circular Communities; join Dr. Nick Morgan and Craig Mitchell to discuss key insights from community level circular economy pilots, and the opportunity of breaking these down on a quantitative and qualitative basis to guide informed decisions in driving circularity. 
 - Event Simulation for Waste Management, Technology and Data enabled Optimisation; discover the opportunities of optimising services and infrastructures with Daniel Redfern from Envirovue. 

12:40 - 13:25 - Lunch & Exhibition Viewing 

Enjoy a delicious lunch as you catch-up with industry colleagues old and new, network with our solutions-focused exhibitors and swap notes on what you've learnt so far.

13:25 - 14:20 - Insights Sessions: Materials as the Driving Force for Circularity 

The insights sessions will delve into specific product/ material focuses and infrastructure barriers, looking at how we can turn waste into high value revenue streams, including: 
 - Mattress and eco-design with the National Bed Federation
 - Nappies with NappiCycle 
 - WRAP's supply chain trials increasing recycled material in packaging and product recyclability with Resilience Sustainable Solutions 

14:20 – 14:45 - Break & Exhibition Viewing 

Time for networking and viewing the exhibition stands. 

14:45 - 15:45 - Insights Sessions: Circular Economy Showcase 

NEW! for 2024 - The circular economy showcase brings awareness and inspiration from circular driven organisations across Wales. Embedded into day-to-day processes, and repurposed products, hear how they've been able to implement sustainable changes and where they see opportunities for progression and innovation. 
Innovative use-cases will come from: 
 - Upcycling, repurposing and minimising waste at Bluestone Holiday Park
 - Repairing and recycling with Cardiff Cycle Workshop
 - Project ALtro disability aid redistribution with WRAP Cymru

15:45 - 16:10 - Afternoon Keynote Presentation: The Welsh Goal of Net-zero 

A review of the progress made from the initial net-zero goal setting and what our next steps might look like with Jane Davidson, Wales Net Zero2035/ University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

16:10 - 16:15 - Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

As the conference comes to a close, Jane Hall takes us through highlights from the days sessions and how we can look further afield for inspiration to embrace sustainable changes.