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

9.30 – 10.00 - Keynote Address

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (invited)

Session 1: Future resource and waste strategy

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.

10.00 – 10.45 - Part 1 - Made smarter: resource efficient manufacturing

Chair: tbc

Speakers include:

  • Professor John Barrett, Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, Leeds University
  • Suez Environnement speaker, Collaborative working with manufacturers tbc (invited)

10.45 – 11.30 - Part 2 - Designed smarter: durability, reusability, recyclability

Speakers include:

  • Anthony Sant, Sales & Marketing Director, AO Recycling – Closing the loop on white goods
  • Susanne Baker, TechUK – Circular materials; making it happen
  • Unilever speaker tbc (invited), the FMCG perspective

11.30 – 11.50 - Refreshments & Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

11.50 – 13.00 - Part 3 - Recycled smarter: targeting environmental impacts

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
  • Cllr Martin Tett, Chair, LGA Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board – the end of weight-based targets? (invited)
  • Tom Murray, Head of Materials and Waste Evidence, Defra

13.00 – 14.00 - Lunch

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

14.00 – 15.10 - Breakout Sessions 1

Session 1. Waste crime: priority actions to tackle serious fly-tipping and illegal waste operations.

Speakers include:

  • Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager, Herts Waste Partnership & Chairman, Herts Fly Tipping Group – Collaborative working and Duty of Care
  • Defra/Environment Agency speaker tbc (invited), 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 2. Rolling out Extended Producer Responsibility to challenging waste streams – learning from abroad.

Speakers include:

  • Billy Dolan, Strategy and Compliance Manager, Repak – Introducing an EPR scheme for tyres in the Republic of Ireland (invited)
  • Jessica Alexander, Executive Director, The National Bed Federation Ltd.

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

Speakers include:

  • Jarno Stet, Head of Service Operations, Westminster City Council (invited)
  • Phil Eccles, Consultant, Liverpool Business Improvement District (invited)
  • Chris Mills, Special Advisor – Collections and Recycling, WRAP

15.10 – 15.30 - Refreshments and Networking

Opportunity for networking, food and drink.

15.30 – 16.30 - Breakout Sessions 2

Session 4. A new dawn for communications: capitalising on the ‘Blue Planet’ effect.

Speakers include:

  • Hubbub Speaker tbc

Session 5. Urban recycling: partnership approaches to inner city recycling

Speakers include:

  • Gemma Scott, Project Manager, Resource London (invited) – Resource London & Peabody flats recycling partnership initiative

Session 6. Going for DRS – the latest developments

Speakers include:

  • David Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Oakdene Hollins
  • Callum Blackburn, Head of Policy & Research, Zero Waste Scotland – Assessing the different DRS models for Scotland​​

Day 2

9.30 – 10.00 - Keynote Address

Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury (invited)

10.00 – 11.00 - Materials and Markets: the latest research

Mary Creagh MP, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

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.

Speakers TBC

11.20 – 13.00 - Zero avoidable plastic waste by 2042

Chair: Chris Preston, Deputy Director, Waste & Recycling, Defra
This session will look at the major WRAP/Ellen McArthur partnership initiative on plastic packaging, the challenge of reducing non-packaging plastic, and longer term opportunities and measures to meet the 2042 target.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Marcus Gover, CEO, WRAP – the WRAP/ Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Pact
  • A signatory to the Plastics Pact, speaker tbc
  • Jonathan Perry, Consultant - EMEA Environmental Affairs, Dell – the challenges for non-packaging plastics

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 of recycling and strengthen domestic markets.

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

Chair: Mike Smith, Senior Advisor, Environment Agency

Speakers include:

  • Wade Schuetzeberg, Executive Director, ACN Europe (invited)
  • Peter Sainsbury, Economist, WRAP (invited)

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

Chair: TBC

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Large, Director General, Confederation of Paper Industries
  • Dr Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Department for Natural Resources, Welsh Government

16.00 – 16:30 - Summing up and Close

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