Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for waste policy in the UK: implementing the Resource and Waste Strategy, reducing avoidable waste and challenges for a deposit return scheme

Morning, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Central London


This conference examines the next steps for waste and recycling policy across the UK.

The seminar will focus on issues for implementing the Government’s recently published Resource and Waste Strategy, which sets out proposals to expand the circular economy in England, including improving sustainable production methods - and implementing further extended producer responsibility controls such as taxing plastic products containing less than 30% recycled plastic.

We expect discussion on opportunities for improving recycling rates, particularly in urban areas - including developing greater collaboration between businesses and local authorities, as well as reducing variation in the recyclable materials that are collected from households.

Attendees will also assess latest strategies for driving changes in consumer behaviour and the role of industry in aiding households to make more informed decisions on utilising repair, reuse and remanufacture schemes.

Delegates will assess the impact and implications of a range of policy initiatives on reducing plastic waste, including opportunities for developing single-use alternatives and other measures to counter issues such as potentially shortened expiry dates.

It follows the recent vote by the European Parliament approving a ban on all single-use plastic by 2021 and a consultation by the UK Government on a ban on the distribution of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England in the same time-frame.

Further sessions look at policy and industry initiatives for reducing food and drink waste, following government announcements of an additional £15m for a pilot scheme due to launch in 2019, weekly food waste collections, and commitments to meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals to half food waste by 2030.

Attendees will also consider the lessons to be learnt from on-going policy development in Scotland and Wales, including the development of a Scottish deposit return scheme (DRS) and Welsh policy on food waste being diverted from landfill to generate electricity.

In light of the expected government consultation on a proposed deposit return scheme for single-use drinks containers in England and Wales, and as industry begins trialling DRS, delegates will also examine the impact on businesses and local authorities including potential increased costs, duplicated waste collections and the role of incentives for consumers.

We expect discussion on possible ways that the DRS might be developed to take account of plastics that are more difficult to recycle, or used ‘on-the-go’.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP

Chris Preston

Deputy Director, Resource and Waste, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Keynote Speakers

Chris Preston

Deputy Director, Resource and Waste, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dr Marcus Gover

Chief Executive Officer, WRAP


Maurice Golden MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Iain Gulland

Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland

Andrew Schein

Associate Research Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

Lucy Frankel

Communications Director, Vegware

Mark Sommerfeld

Policy Manager, Renewable Energy Association

Dr Adam Read

External Affairs Director, SUEZ UK

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy Branch, Welsh Government

Nick Brown

Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners

Lindsay Boswell

Chief Executive, FareShare

Maria Warner

Recycling Team Leader, Oxford Direct Services

Councillor Donald Milne

Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities, Conwy County Borough Council

Sam Boileau

Consultant, Dentons