Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Priorities for UK waste and recycling policy and developing the circular economy

Morning, Thursday, 18th January 2018

Central London


This seminar discusses progress and next steps for waste management, recycling and the circular economy in the UK.

With the pending waste and resource efficiency report by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, and with waste infrastructure forming part of the NIC’s 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, this seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to consider the policy priorities, and additional approaches that can be adopted, to better manage waste production in the UK.

As recycling rates stall in the UK and with the EU proposing measures to raise recycling targets to 70% by 2030, the seminar will provide an opportunity to analyse the latest initiatives for improving recycling and waste management at a local level. Delegates will examine priorities for waste collection processes, developing incentives and engagement strategies, innovation, reducing plastic waste and the experiences of devolved authorities.

The seminar also comes as the UK launches the world’s first Circular Economy Standards and further sessions will discuss the outlook for transitioning towards a more sustainable economy and implementing the Circular Economy Package. Attendees will consider the potential legal and regulatory impact of Brexit, and the challenges for fostering producer responsibility, reforming supply chains, utilising energy-from-waste and managing e-waste.



Guests of Honour

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Chris Preston

Deputy Director, Waste and Recycling, Defra

Guests of Honour

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Chris Preston

Deputy Director, Waste and Recycling, Defra

Keynote Speakers

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government

Dr Liz Goodwin

Chair, London Waste and Recycling Board


John McNally MP

Member, Environmental Audit Committee


Peter Clayson

Business Development & External Affairs Manager, DS Smith

Paul Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, FCC Environment

Dr Colin Church

Chief Executive, CIWM

Bruce Reekie

Waste Services and Community Greenspace Manager, Perth and Kinross Council

Richard Gueterbock

Marketing Director, Clearfleau

Simon Rutledge

Group External Affairs & Sustainability Manager, Biffa

John Redmayne

UK General Manager, European Recycling Platform

Henry le Feming

Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC

Nadeem Arshad

Partner, Bevan Brittan