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

Issues for discussion at this conference include:

  • Waste policy - next steps following the Government responses to the recent suite of consultations, including:
  • Consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England;
  • Introducing a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland;
  • UK packaging producer responsibility system; and
  • A plastic packaging tax.
  • 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 addresses 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; 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 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.

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