09:00 - 09:30 - Registration

Enjoy an opportunity to network and view the exhibition before the conference begins.

09:30 - 11:00 - How well placed is Wales to meet the challenge of achieving Net Zero and contributing to a green recovery?

In this session, you'll hear a high-level overview on net zero skills and the green recovery from Welsh Government, as well as CIWM's view on the essential skills needed by the industry in the future to enable it to contribute to and move towards Net Zero. There will also be a presentation from the Youth Parliament who will share how young people view current environmental issues and their hopes for the future, followed by a lively panel debate.

Chair - Ben Maizey, CIWM Centre Chair, CIWM Cymru Centre

Keynote speaker - Julie James MS, Minister for Climate Change, Welsh Government 

The Importance of Skills - Dr. Adam Read, CIWM President, Director of External Affairs, SUEZ
A Young Perspective - Lowdown on Environmental Issues - Ella Kenny, Member Swansea East, Welsh Youth Parliament

Panel - Rebecca Colley-Jones, Circular Economy Project Manager, Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform - PCEP

11:00 - 11:30 - Morning refreshments

Enjoy some light refreshments while you reflect on the first session of the day with fellow delegates.

11:30 – 12:30 - How can the resources and waste industry in Wales decarbonise?

Hear from Welsh Government as they reflect on the progress that has been made so far and explore how future policy and actions can help move Wales away from being a carbon-dependant economy and towards One Planet Living. We'll then look at how policy becomes action as one Welsh local authority outlines how they have declared a climate emergency and shares their ambition to become net zero carbon by 2030. This session will be rounded-off with a perspective from the waste management sector body on the role waste management companies must play in helping Wales more forward on the carbon agenda and what that means for services and infrastructure in the future.

Chair - Ben Maizey, CIWM Centre Chair, CIWM Cymru Centre 

How do we De-carbonise the Sector - Dr Andy Rees OBE, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
Local Authority Viewpoint - Craig Mitchell, Head of Waste Support, Welsh Local Government Association
Industry Viewpoint - Simon Rutledge, Chair of the WESA Executive Committee (Group External Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Biffa)

12:30 – 13:30 -Lunch and exhibition viewing

Enjoy some refreshments and another opportunity to browse the exhibition and connect with fellow attendees.

13:30 – 14:15 -Workshops

Choose from one of three topical workshops to attend:

Workshop 1
With one of the highest household recycling rates in the world, materials that have traditionally been harder to collect and recycle will need to be captured in order to keep adding to the environmental benefits of resource use in Wales. Take part in this workshop to join the discussion about issues related to the collection and recycling of flexible packaging.

Jane Skelton, Commercial Manager, OPRL

Workshop 2
Is there a place for electric vehicles when it comes to the waste industry? Join this workshop to explore how collection vehicles are adapting to meet the demands of future collections and what they might be powered by.

Ian Bramhall, Area Sales Manager, Terberg Matec UK

Workshop 3
Can a DRS system utilise the existing kerbside infrastructure, or do we need to have a dedicated network of reverse vending machines? Attend this workshop to learn about the outputs from trials on digital DRS systems in north Wales.

Alice Rackley, CEO, Polytag
Carla Worth Del Pino, Senior Consultant, Resource Futures
Howard Davies, Policy Manager – Packaging, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy, Welsh Government

14:15 – 14:35 - Afternoon refreshments

Enjoy some light refreshments while you reflect on topics of the day before joining another workshop.

14:35 – 15:20 -Workshops

Choose another of our three workshops to attend.

15:20 – 15:55 - Workshop review and key takeaways

Join your fellow delegates in the main hall to listen to a round-up of all three workshops, including an overview of what was presented and, just as importantly, what was discussed by attendees. A rapporteur from each workshop will share the key takeaways which we will then explore further through an audience Q&A. This is your opportunity to share what you see as the next steps in Wales' ongoing move towards Net Zero.

Chair - Ben Maizey, CIWM Centre Chair, CIWM Cymru Centre

Rapporteur, Flexible Packaging - Rebecca Colley-Jones, Circular Economy Project Manager, Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform - PCEP
Rapporteur, Vehicles - Nia Owen, CIWM Centre Councillor, CIWM Cymru Centre
Rapporteur, DDRS - Andrew Wilkinson, CIWM Centre Councillor and Head of Neighbourhood Services Conwy County Borough Council

15:55 - 16:00 - Closing remarks

Our Chair will bring the conference to a close by reflecting on what promises to be a day of great discussion and debate.

Chair - Ben Maizey, CIWM Centre Chair, CIWM Cymru Centre