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Waste Management Forum

Start Date:29 Nov 11 

The government has set itself a goal of delivering a zero waste economy in which all waste resources are fully valued, financially and environmentally. The alignment of these two objectives was seen as a key objective of the government’s recent waste review to deliver the long-term certainty business needs to play its part in meeting waste reduction targets for 2020, and also to give strategic direction to the UK waste management industry.

There has been a mixed response to the strategy from both the private and public sectors, with an emphasis on voluntary approaches to cutting waste by increasing recycling and resource productivity, and by improving the overall quality of recycled material, as well as reducing food and packaging waste. However, there has been no mention of the problems faced gaining planning permission for new waste infrastructure, which DEFRA has made a commitment to address in the National Waste Management Plan due in spring 2011.

Join key decision makers at this industry leading forum to discuss and debate the opportunities to maximise the contribution of the waste and recycling industry to the UK economy and environment whilst also addressing the waste management actions required from the private and public sectors if we are to realise our ambitions of a zero waste economy.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Lord Redesdale, chair, Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association
• Peter Jones OBE, chair, Waste2Tricity
• Iain Gulland, delivery director, Zero Waste Scotland
• Margaret Doherty, programme director, The Environment Agency
• Dr Richard Swannell, director of design and waste prevention, WRAP
• Katherine Hunter, head of market development – sustainability, BSI
• Ian Wakelin, chief executive, Biffa Waste Services

Key areas to be covered following discussion with industry stakeholders:
The National Waste Management Plan What strategic direction and targets does the industry require from the forthcoming National Waste Management Plan to support the development of the industry and how can we encourage a joined-up approach from all sectors to realise waste as a resource ambitions?
Infrastructure and planning Planning consents are not going to get any easier – what must the government do to tackle the barriers the industry faces when planning infrastructure development and how can we better assess infrastructure needs at a regional level?
Investment and access to finance How do we un-lock the £12–15bn pounds worth of investment that is needed to be made in this sector over the next 10–15 years? And how can we pull together a complete supply chain that is sustainable and continuous for investors?
Local government and municipal waste What changes need to take place within local government structure and incentives to ensure the full potential of what we throw away is realised? And without harmonisation of arrangements at local level and centrally set targets to drive change, will this damage our ability to deliver the broader resource and energy efficiency targets required to meet our EU obligations?
Producer responsibility What are the financial implications for companies that take a responsible approach to waste management and what are the financial advantages of offsetting your fossil carbon inputs through access to the waste stream?
Business waste How can we increase the percentage of waste collected from businesses which is recycled and how does the waste industry plan to raise awareness of waste prevention and sustainable waste management practices to encourage the take up of recycling services to SMEs?
Sustainability accounting What options are available for building waste accountability into your sustainability reporting system to enable cost savings and environmental impact reduction?
Energy from waste What challenges does the industry face when planning for new build energy from waste infrastructure and what actions are required from the government to support the development of the sector?
Anaerobic digestion The majority of organic waste from the municipal, commercial and industrial sectors goes to landfill. What legislation needs to be put in place to ensure we get maximum value and environmental benefit from our organic waste and encourage the AD sectors future development?

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