Welcome to CIWM Webinars
CIWM delivers an extensive programme of webinars on a variety of topics throughout the year. As well as being a source of knowledge and information, these webinars also provide valuable opportunities to enhance and update your CPD or SLD records.
If you have any questions about our webinars, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page. If you can't find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our efforts to support the resources and waste sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, all CIWM webinars are currently open to both members and non-members.
Open webinars are available to both members and non-members and places are available on a first come, first served basis. To register for one of the open webinars below, simply click on the registration link in the description.
CIWM London & Southern Counties Centre Webinar: The carbon implications of waste
Thursday 28 May | 11am-12.30pm BST
The UK is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. For this to happen, it will need to transform the UK economy while ensuring secure, low-carbon energy supplies to 2050. Waste management will have an important role to play in this process. In this webinar, our speakers will discuss the carbon implications of waste management and how our sector can contribute to net zero targets. We will consider the carbon performance of Energy from Waste, landfill and what role off-setting/abatement technologies will have in the future.
- Euston Ling - CIWM London & Southern Counties Centre
- Sarahjane Widdowson - CIWM London & Southern Counties Centre
- Rainer Zimmann - UKIMEA Resources and Waste Leader, Arup
- Christian Riber - Business Development Manager, Ramboll
- John Pavitt - Independent Consultant (Retired)
CIWM North East Centre New Membr Network Webinar: The PRN System and EPR Reform
Thursday 28 May | 2.30-3.30pm BST
This webinar, hosted by the CIWM North East Centre New Member Network, will provide a valuable opportunity to learn about the history of the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system, how it works, and proposed reforms to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging.
Chair: Gill Mulroe - CIWM North East Centre
Speaker: Duncan Simpson - Duncan Simpson Associates
The packaging industry has seen significant change in recent years and there is more to come with the impending introduction of the new Extended Producer Responsibility system from 2023, and recycled content packaging tax (set at £200 a tonne in March this year) set to begin in 2022.
With global, complex supply chains, decisions on future packaging choices have to be made years in advance, and the sector’s preparations for this change are already well under way, some of which we are already seeing on the supermarket shelves including the rise of compostable packaging and some rationalisation of materials.
But what do these decisions mean for the producers, citizens and the resources and waste sector?
Join our expert panel as we discuss the packaging industry’s response to date and its preparations for a fundamental system change, how these decisions will affect our sector, and how the value chain is and can continue to work together to create a versatile and effective system.
We’ll also explore how the expectations of those paying the estimated £1 billion of additional funding into the sector are likely to change, such as the increasing need for high quality recycled materials, and the accurate and timely data to manage the flow of funding – and what this means for future relationships between different parts of the supply chain.
- Sarah Ottaway - Sustainability and Social Value Lead, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
- Libby Peake - Head of Resource Policy, Green Alliance
- Joanne Bell - Brand Insight and Content Director, Free the Birds
- Dr Adam Read - External Affairs Director, SUEZ and Senior Vice President, CIWM
- Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, INCPEN
Return to Work: Practical Guidance for Employers
Friday 5 June | 11am – 12pm BST
In this webinar we shall discuss the practical issues a company needs to consider including: un-furloughing staff; resource requirements; and any associated redundancy or lay-off considerations post furlough.
We will also discuss the practical steps to consider when employees are returning to their normal place of work, which is likely to still include some social distancing.
Over the last few years there has been an increase in the number of people who are opting to avoid single use plastic, and plastic in general, along with increasing interest in environmental and sustainability issues. Alternative packaging options in place of plastic have been on the market for some time, with both biodegradable and compostable options being preferred by consumers for the perceived environmental benefits.
Compostable items are made from organic material and can be used as compost when they decay, causing no harm to the environment through this process, but they do need to be exposed to exactly the right conditions for this decomposition to take place. Great examples of compostable items in the home are the potato starch food waste bin liners that are used by local authorities across the country – the same material used to make the Co-Ops new carrier bags. Further logical applications of compostable packaging would be coffee capsules, as the grounds are already compostable but the containers are not, and fast food packaging, as this is often contaminated with food waste thereby this could all be disposed of together in the food waste container.
With consumers continuing to be engaged with recyclable and eco-friendly solutions, we may see compostable solutions growing in popularity rapidly meaning that the waste management supply chain will need to learn to deal with them as part of the system. But how will the treatment sector manage with so many varieties in packaging types and materials? Which specifications should they work towards?
While there are many lessons already learned from introducing compostable products into consumer lives, and through this ‘greening’ process there may be benefits from the packaging and waste sectors working – and learning – together, and potentially designing new facilities to meet future disposal requirements. With a long list of considerations to factor in, including how this packaging should be collected, and how EPR will work for these materials which are effectively removed from the cycle?
Join our expert panel as they look to explore the role that compostable packaging may play in our future lives, and how we may manage these new and varied materials in our waste streams. With panellists from Co-Op, REA and WRAP contributing their depth of knowledge to this informal discussion and attempt at answering some of the key questions for the waste – and other – industries!
CIWM members have priority booking for this webinar. Registration will open to non-members on Wednesday 3 June 2020.
- Iain Ferguson - Environment Manager, Co-Op
- Emily Nicols - Technical Manager, REA – Organics Recycling Group
- Tony Breton - Marketing Specialist – UK & Ireland, Novamont
- Helen Bird - Strategic Engagement Manager, WRAP
CIWM Midlands, South West and Cymru Wales Centre Webinar and Interactive World Café: Reducing the UK's illegal footprint
Delivered in partnership with Urbaser Ltd Gloucestershire Energy
Wednesday 24 June 2020
Morning session: Open webinar (10.30am-midday BST) | Afternoon session: Interactive session (12.30-3.00pm BST)
The scale of waste crime remains stubbornly high and there is little sign of it reducing. The more recent involvement of serious and organised criminals along with the growing difficulties to find markets for recycled materials and collapsing oil prices depressing financial return has added to the challenge for the sector and regulators. This event brings together three CIWM regional Centres – Midlands, South West and Wales – to look for new solutions.
- Martin Brocklehurst - CIWM Midlands Centre
- Robert Little - CIWM Cymru Wales Centre
- Hannah Lawrie - CIWM South West Centre
Morning session: Speakers
- Stacey Wright – Javelin Park Waste to Energy Manager, Urbaser Ltd
- Dan Cooke – Director of External Affairs, Viridor; Right Waste Right Place Campaign
- Jane Stewart – Topolytics, Smart Waste Tracking
- Phil Davies – Head of Joint Unit for Waste Crime
- Andy Watkins – Waste Crime Engagement Specialist, Environment Agency
Afternoon session: World Café Format
During the afternoon sessions, we will follow a World Café format to identify and document changes that will build on current initiatives to enable our industry to fully use emerging technologies to:
- de-bottleneck flows of secondary raw materials back into productive use
- bring transparency to waste material flows from source to final destination
- revolutionise data on commercial and industrial wastes being produced by waste producers in the UK
- learn the lessons from the roll out of Waste Data Flow which transformed data on municipal waste
We will seek the answers to the following questions:
- 'Cradle to grave' management of waste; what is current best practice
- 'Cradle to grave' management of recyclate; what is current best practice
- What critical changes are required to secure effective positive value markets for secondary raw materials and how can we secure them
: Interactive feedback and discussion session
- CIWM members: free
- Non-members: £10 + VAT
In the event places in the afternoon are not fully taken up by CIWM Members spaces will be offered for no additional cost to non-members
Similar to municipal waste in terms of composition, materials and calorific value, municipal-like wastes are those collected from industrial, commercial and other locations. The volumes collected contribute to the recycling targets for local authorities and can also be used in the production of refuse-derived fuel. But this waste stream has not been given much focus previously.
Our expert panel with representatives from industry bodies and local authorities who are already managing their municipal-like volumes will discuss the opportunities, requirements, and expectations of how managing municipal-like is similar to, and different from municipal.
With exploration into efficient collection methods and possible franchising options, the panel will explore the systems currently in place around the world, drawing on examples from Germany and New York, to better understand how the UK might bring municipal-like operations to the fore.
Chair: Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director from SUEZ/CIWM Senior Vice President
CIWM members have priority booking for this webinar. Registration will open to non-members on Thursday 25 June 2020.
- Chris Mills - WRAP
- Dr Andy Rees OBE - Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government
- Trevor Nicoll - Head of Environment Services for South Cambridgeshire District Council, and Head of Shared Waste for the Greater Cambridge Waste Service & CIWM President
Future CIWM Webinars
We’re eager to find out what topics you’re interested in and what the ‘Hot Topics’ are that everyone is talking about. If you’d like to suggest a specific theme or topic for a webinar, please get in touch and let us know what you would like to hear about in the coming months. Contact us with your suggestions at email@example.com
If you’d like to be considered as a host or panellist for one of our webinars, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.