Policy Forum for Wales

Waste and the circular economy in Wales: next steps in the Towards Zero Waste strategy, the future for regulation and the role of local authorities

Morning, Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Jurys Inn Cardiff, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DN


This seminar will be an opportunity to examine new elements of the Towards Zero Waste strategy (TZW), with the consultation due shortly - including its fit with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 - and to assess the strategy’s contribution to the Welsh Government’s One Planet goal and to the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales.

It will also be an opportunity for delegates to consider the latest policy developments regarding plastic waste, such as the UK Government’s announcement of plans for the implementation of a deposit return scheme in England, and the Welsh Government considering a similar scheme for potential introduction in Wales, as well as the recent launch of the UK Plastics Pact that aims to change the plastic packaging sector by 2025.

Delegates will also look at the prospects created in conjunction with the TZW strategy by the renewed government commitment to the circular economy model in the £6.5 million fund, as well as the challenges that the strategy presents for businesses in Wales - looking at issues around added costs, the infrastructure needed to manage waste in Wales and future direction of regulation.

Further sessions consider the most recent thinking on overcoming barriers to reducing municipal waste in Wales - particularly food, plastic and paper waste - with particular attention given to the impact on local authorities of China’s ban on importing foreign waste and the significance of the role waste management companies will play in reducing municipal waste.

The seminar also takes place as the Welsh Government introduces the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme that replaces the Landfill Communities Fund and aims to help local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.

Guest of Honour

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government


Mike Hedges AM

Chair, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

Councillor Donald Milne

Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities


Rebecca Favager

Waste & Resources Manager, Natural Resources Wales

Carl Nichols

Head, WRAP Cymru

Nigel Wheeler

Director, Highways and Streetcare Services, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Joe Papineschi

Director, Eunomia

Nick Churchward

Partner and Head, Resource and Waste Management, Burges Salmon


UK Managing Director, Wheelabrator Technologies

Scott Daniell

Environmental, Health and Safety and Compliance Leader, GE Aviation

Dr David Greenfield

Managing Director, SOENECS

Senior speaker confirmed from British Plastics Federation