Programme

Against the backdrop of the Defra 25 year Environment Plan and the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy, RTF 2018 will provide the ideal forum for resource and waste management professionals, policy experts, academics and government representatives to debate and shape a new policy framework that supports the delivery of the 'zero avoidable waste' vision.

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.

Day 1

8.45 – 9.15 - Registration

Opportunity for networking

9.15 – 9.30 - Welcome

Professor David Wilson MBE, CIWM President

9.30 – 10.00 - Keynote Address

Shaun Gallagher, Director, Environmental Quality, Defra

10.00 – 11.30 – Session 1: Future Resource and Waste Strategy – Made Smarter, Designed Smarter

Three interlinked sessions focus on the three themes set out by Defra for the forthcoming strategy:

  • Maximising resource productivity – through more efficient manufacturing processes
  • Maximising the value from resources throughout their lifetimes – by designing products more smartly to increase longevity and enable recyclability
  • Managing materials at end of life – by targeting environmental impacts.

Chair: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

Speakers include:

  • Professor John Barrett, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, Leeds University – The role of resource productivity in achieving economic and climate objectives
  • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK – Collaborative working with manufacturers
  • Anthony Sant, Sales & Marketing Director, AO Recycling – Closing the loop on white goods
  • Susanne Baker, Head of Programme - Environment and Compliance, TechUK – Circular materials; making it happen
  • Richard Parker, Head of Sustainable Packaging, Iceland – tackling the packaging challenge

11.30 – 11.50 - Refreshments & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

11.50 – 13.00 – Session 2: Future Resource and Waste Strategy - Recycled Smarter

Providing insight into some of the latest research and thinking, this session will explore how we can ‘reboot’ recycling through smarter targets based on environmental outcomes and impacts and how these might change current collection and sorting models.

Chair: Claire Brailsford, Chair of NAWDO and Interim Assistant Director of Environment, Derbyshire County Council

Speakers include:

  • Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association – Balancing recycling ambitions, material value, and environmental outcomes
  • Hillary Tanner, Policy Advisor, LGA
  • Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland – Counting the carbon
  • Tom Murray, Head of Materials and Waste Evidence, Defra
  • Simon Hann, Life Cycle Assessment Specialist, Eunomia Research & Consulting

13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

14.00 – 15.10 - Breakout Sessions 1

Session 1. Rolling out Extended Producer Responsibility to challenging waste streams including tyres and mattresses and learning from abroad.

Chair: Paul Bradley, Team Leader, Extended Producer Responsibility and Packaging Reform, Defra

Speakers include:

  • Mark Gillick, Operations Manager, RepakELT – implementing a tyres EPR scheme in Republic of Ireland
  • Jessica Alexander, Executive Director, The National Bed Federation – Examples of Schemes in Other Countries
  • Dr Ioannis Hatzopoulos, Senior Manager of Sustainability Communications, Procter & Gamble – Producer-led Nappy Recycling
  • Arne Campen, Environmental Compliance Manager, Landbell Group – Shaping New EPR Schemes: Lessons Learned from WEEE, Batteries and Packaging

Session 2. A new dawn for communications: capitalising on the ‘Blue Planet’ effect.

Chair: Stuart Foster, Chief Executive, Recoup

Speakers include:

  • Alex Robinson, Managing Director, Hubbub Enterprise
  • Sarah Clayton, Head of Citizen Behaviour Change, WRAP
  • Tim Silman, Research Manager, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI

Session 3. Zoning: a different approach to MSW and commercial recycling and waste management.

Chair: Lee Marshall, Chief Executive, LARAC

Speakers include:

  • Sarah Craddock, Commercial Waste Project Manager, Westminster City Council & Christina Wells, Area Manager, Heart of London Business Alliance
  • Chris Mills, Special Advisor – Collections and Recycling, WRAP
  • Keith Rundle, Bristol City Centre BID Development Manager

15.10 – 15.30 - Refreshments and Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

15.30 – 16.40 - Breakout Sessions 2

Session 4. Waste crime: priority actions to tackle serious fly-tipping and illegal waste operations.

Chair: Dr Colin Church, Chief Executive, CIWM

Speakers include:

  • Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager, Herts Waste Partnership & Chairman, Herts Fly Tipping Group – Collaborative working and Duty of Care
  • Alistair Paul, Joint Team Leader - Waste Regulation & Crime, Defra – Strengthening the regulatory framework
  • Dan Cooke, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Viridor and ESA waste crime lead – Intelligence sharing and the ‘Right Waste, Right Place’ campaign

Session 5. Going for DRS – the latest developments

Chair: David Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Oakdene Hollins

Speakers include:

  • Callum Blackburn, Head of Policy & Research, Zero Waste Scotland – Assessing the different DRS models for Scotland
  • Mickey Green, Managing Director, Somerset Waste Partnership – A local authority perspective: benefits, impacts and potential unintended consequences
  • Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia Research & Consulting – The case for a comprehensive deposit refund scheme as part of revised producer responsibility regulations

16.40 – 18.00 - Drinks Reception & Presentation on CIWM Health & Safety Campaign

Stay for drinks, form vital connections and build lasting business relationships with your fellow delegates.


Day 2

8.45 – 9.15 - Registration

Opportunity for networking

9.15 – 9.30 - Welcome

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, ESA

9.30 – 10.00 - Keynote Address

Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Head of the International Marine Litter Research Unit, University of Plymouth

10.00 – 11.00 - Materials and Markets: the latest research

Panel session launching the findings of two research projects looking at materials flows, markets and policy interventions to increase the UK’s reprocessing capacity and market demand.

Chair: Mary Creagh MP, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

Speakers include:

  • Emma Burlow, Head of Resource Efficiency, Resource Futures – RTF 2018 research on plastics
  • Libby Peake, Senior Policy Adviser - Resources, Green Alliance – research findings on plastics, steel and critical raw materials
  • Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive, Resource Association – response from the UK reprocessing sector
  • Nick Cliffe, Interim Head of Advanced Materials, Innovate UK – the implications for future innovation and industrial policy

11.00 – 11.20 - Refreshments and Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

11.20 – 13.00 - Zero avoidable plastic waste by 2042

This session will look at the major initiative on plastics – The UK Plastics Pact – as well as the challenge of reducing non-packaging plastic and longer term opportunities and measures to meet the 2042 target.

Chair: Chris Preston, Deputy Director, Waste & Recycling, Defra

Speakers include:

  • Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP – The UK Plastics Pact
  • Forbes McDougall, Head of Circular Economy, Veolia
  • Jonathan Perry, Consultant - EMEA Environmental Affairs, Dell – the challenges for non-packaging plastics
  • Ed Kosior, Chief Executive, Nextek Ltd
  • Roger Baynham, Managing Director, Philip Tyler Polymers Ltd & British Plastics Federation Recycling Council

13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

Supporting secondary material markets

This session will provide the latest update on export markets for recyclables, including China, South East Asia, and Europe, and explore what measures and incentives are needed for the UK to ‘reshore’ more recycling and strengthen domestic markets.

14.00 – 15.00 - Part 1: Beyond China; current and future export market trends

Chair: Mike Smith, Senior Advisor, E&B Waste Regulation, Environment Agency

Speakers include:

  • Wade Schuetzeberg, Executive Director, ACN Europe – the latest update on the markets
  • Peter Sainsbury, Economist, WRAP – how market conditions are impacting on local authorities
  • Mike Jefferson, Director, Verde Research and Consulting Ltd – how market conditions are impacting on private sector contractors

15.00 – 16.00 - Part 2: Supporting the UK economy: building domestic markets

Chair: Julie Hill, Chair, WRAP

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Large, Director General, Confederation of Paper Industries – understanding market flows and creating the conditions for investment
  • Trevor Wilkin, Procurement Director, Færch Plast Group
  • Clarissa Morawski, Managing Director, Reloop Platform – assessing the opportunities for recycled content requirements
  • Richard McKinlay, Head of Circular Economy, Axion – the REALITY consortium project on high grade aluminium market development

16.00 – 16:30 - Summing up and Close



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