Keynote Theatre: Sponsored By Zappshelter
Across both days of the show, the Keynote Theatre will present inspirational, expert-led sessions from some of the industry’s leading organisations and most reputable professionals.
10:30 - 11:15
Leaders of the Waste World
Returning to RWM this year is the Leaders of the Waste World panel. Designed to offer visitors a unique opportunity to hear about the current state of the waste industry from the people at the very forefront of the sector, the panel will be made up of three of the biggest waste management companies in the UK. Sitting on the panel again this year is Suez CEO David Palmer-Jones, proving that there is real value in this panel debate for the industry.
11.30 - 12.15
Loop: Solving for disposability while maintaining its virtues.
TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky discusses the theory of waste and how through business we eliminate the idea of it. Also, how one can find other areas of value, whether in packaging or products, beyond just the material value and hopefully be inspired that our future can be a world where the concept of waste doesn’t exist and yet our products can be more exciting, more convenient and better than ever.
12.30 - 14.00
Dr Anne Meier
Space Mission Logistical Waste Processing
On long duration, deep space missions, humanity will be required to increase sustainability and efficiency on missions, which can be done by effectively managing logistical waste. Dr. Meier will discuss what NASA is doing to close the loop on space mission waste.
14.15 - 14.45
How technology can reduce food waste and encourage the effective redistribution of surplus food with industry engagement and driving behavioural chang
This seminar will explore how technology is a driver of change in addressing food waste, particularly within the hospitality sector. The seminar will highlight the importance and urgency to have a far more sustainable food system in the context of climate change. It will address the need to engage the industry along with how this can be truly achieved as to make commercial sense. In addition, the seminar will show how technology can change behaviours and relationships with food from a consumer angle.
15.00 - 15.30
Brewing coffee with all of the taste and less of the waste
How the UK’s favourite Coffee shop chain is using the waste hierarchy to reduce the impact of your daily coffee break.
15.45 - 16.15
Glastonbury Festival, the waste management of a temporary city
The waste management of a temporary city presents many unique challenges, but also some opportunities that allow us to achieve a consistent 50% recycling rate. We will look at the strategies we’ve put in place that have worked, the mistakes we made along the way and some of the issues we still don’t have solutions for.
11.00 - 11.45
Britain's Growing Litter Problem
Britain has a huge problem with litter. It's a national embarrassment how filthy and run-down Britain looks. 20m people admit to dropping litter in this country. This has massive social, financial, welfare and environmental consequences. There's only one sustainable solution, and that's changing the behaviour of people who do litter. Government-supported initiatives have failed - we need a new joined-up, courageous and innovative approach to win the War on Waste.
12.00 - 12.45
Resource Efficiency & Net Zero
How the UK becomes net zero by 2050 and the role of resource efficiency in meeting the challenge.
13.00 - 13.45
Dr. Ioannis Hatzopoulos
14.00 - 14.45
UKRI Funding for Plastics Innovation
An overview of current UK government funding and connecting programmes from UKRI for research and development in plastics. The seminar will cover the current Plastic Research & Innovation Fund, the work of the UK Circular Plastics Network and the upcoming 5-year, £60M Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme “Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging”. It will highlight some current projects and provide details of upcoming funding and supporting activities.
15.00 - 15.30
Showing a throwaway society that there is no ‘away’
We are a ‘throwaway society’ generating over 220 million tonnes of waste annually and yet happy to believe that when we throw something ‘away’ it magically disappears. The time has come for us to change our mindset and stop burying our heads in the sand and our mountains of waste in the ground.