Morning, Thursday, 23rd April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference looks at tackling waste across the UK.
It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the latest developments and priorities for waste policy across the UK - focusing on standardising waste collections, expanding extended producer responsibility and implementing the Resources and Waste Strategy.
Sessions will look at next steps in the context of government responses to consultations, including:
There will be case studies from:
- Wales: progress in providing consistency in waste collection from the Collections Blueprint; and
- Scotland: the national circular economy and creating a deposit return scheme.
With the UK Government reinforcing its commitments to reduce waste and to take a lead in policy in this area, sessions will consider latest developments and thinking around:
- a ban on plastic waste exports to non-OECD countries;
- increasing penalties for fly-tipping; and
- the introduction of new levies to increase the proportion of recyclable plastics in packaging.
Following the recent report by the Committee on Climate Change on land use policies for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, we also expect discussion around:
- reducing farm to household food waste - including standard public and private sector targets for moving consumers to best practice; and
- introducing mandatory food waste separation that utilises waste for other purposes
Further areas for discussion include:
- reducing the use and waste of single use plastic materials - following the introduction to Parliament of legislation to ban the supply of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds;
- recycling and reprocessing - the way forward for expansion of UK capacity;
- extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) - developing new systems for the wider sector, including Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE); and
- collections of household and business waste across England - overcoming barriers to consistency.
There will be keynote contributions from:
- Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK;
- Chris Preston, Deputy Director, Resources and Waste, Defra;
- Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government; and
- A senior speaker confirmed from The Scottish Government.
Further speakers include: Susanne Baker, TechUK and Joint Trade Association; Chris Botten, Better Buildings Partnership; Nick Brown, Coca-Cola European Partners; Paula Chin, WWF UK; Steve Longdon, FCC Environment; Dr Adam Read, Suez UK; and Dr Anna Willetts, Clyde & Co and CIWM.
The chair for part of this seminar is Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
- Next steps for implementing the Resource and Waste Strategy;
- Standardising dry material collections, separating waste streams and implications for businesses;
- Introducing deposit return schemes - examining business led approaches, implications for local authorities and changing consumer habits;
- Extending EPR into wider policy, increasing capacity for reprocessing and connecting with external industries; and
- Government priorities for future waste policy.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; MHCLG; the Food Standards Agency; the Health and Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; Ofwat; the Crown Commercial Service; and the Department for International Trade.