Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Tackling waste across the UK - standardising waste collections, expanding extended producer responsibility, and implementing the Resources and Waste Strategy


This conference focuses on waste policy across the UK - assessing latest developments, and priorities for legislation and implementation.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Putting in place consistent collection policies across England;
  • Introducing deposit return schemes;
  • Developing the circular economy; and
  • Developments in waste management strategies in Scotland and Wales.


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, Associate Director, Climate, Environment and Sustainability, TechUK and Chair, Joint Trade Association; Chris Botten, Programme Manager, Better Buildings Partnership; Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist, WWF UK; Steve Longdon, Regional Director, FCC Environment; Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director, Suez UK and Dr Anna Willetts, Senior Associate, Clyde & Co and Junior Vice President, CIWM.

The chair for part of this seminar is Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Key discussion areas

With the new 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.

Further areas for discussion include:

With 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.

The agenda

  • 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.

Case Studies:

  • From Wales - progress in providing consistency in waste collection from the Collections Blueprint; and
  • From Scotland - the national circular economy and creating a deposit return scheme.

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: Defra; Food Standards Agency; Health and Safety Executive; Department for International Trade; BEIS; Crown Commercial Service; HM Revenue & Customs; MHCLG; Ofwat and the Welsh Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates