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11 & 12 SEPT


UK's Largest Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition & Conference

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Dsposal: Sponsors of the Disposal Theatre Wasteaid UK

Waste Matters Theatre: Sponsored By Dsposal In Partnership With WasteAid

    • Wednesday


      11.00 - 11.30

      Professor David C Wilson

      Waste - Our Shared Responsibility

      Despite technological solutions for public health, environmental protection and a circular economy, there are still 3 billion people without adequate waste services, 10 million tonnes of plastic entering the oceans each year, and pressing challenges in the UK around austerity, waste crime and behaviour change. Further progress requires shared responsibility, and the clock is ticking. Hear unique insights from CIWM’s President as he shares perspectives from his 40-year career.


      11.45 - 13.00

      Global Responsibility for Post-Consumer Waste

      LIVE Panel Debate

      Featuring panellists that represent producers, processors, and communities without waste services, this hot topic debate will uncover iniquities of waste around the world. Studies have highlighted the dominance of a small number of brands in the unmanaged plastic waste blocking drains and polluting the coast in developing countries. Whose responsibility is it, and how can we bring about urgent change?

      Panel Session with:
      Chair- Zoe Lenkiewicz - Head of Communications - WasteAid
      Panellist- Joanne Green - Tearfund
      Panellist- James Beard - Recycling Services Manager - Valpak
      Panellist- David Newman - Managing Director - Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association


      13.15 - 13.45

      Dr Jane Beasley

      Tip of the Binberg: The Costs and Drivers of Waste Crime in Greater Manchester

      Following the series of articles in CIWM Journal, this seminar will present the findings from the hot-off-the-press Tip of the Binberg report. Following their novel approach to delving into the world of illegal operators, Dr Jane Beasley will explore the full cost of waste crime in Greater Manchester, examine the general public’s understanding of Duty of Care and assess opportunities to intervene. What lessons can be learned from the example of Greater Manchester in the fight against waste crime across the country as a whole?


      14.00 - 15.15

      Tackling Waste Crime - Working Together to Promote Duty of Care

      LIVE Panel Debate

      How can we collaborate to combat waste crime? Are there opportunities to develop new ways of working to maximise impact and build new partnerships? What strategies or campaigns have worked, and which ones haven’t? Can we utilise innovations in technology to drive change? Our distinguished speakers from across the sector will really dive into this intractable problem and seek to move the conversation forward.

      Panel Session with:
      Chair- Ray Georgeson - Resource Association
      Panellist- Rachel Scarisbrick - Litter and Place Services Manager - Keep Britain Tidy
      Panellist- Sophie Walker - COO and Co-Founder - Dsposal
      Panellist- Jon Hastings - Commissioning Leader for Waste & Public Space - London Borough of Newham
      Panellist- Alistair Paul - Joint Head of Waste Regulation and Crime - DEFRA
      Panellist- Dan Cooke - Viridor


      15.30 - 16.00

      Michelle Cassar

      From Local to Global – How Can We Connect Local Consumers with the Global Impact of their Consumption

      We currently have a wonderful opportunity, quite literally, in our hands. Plastic is the one calling card laying on every beach and riverbank around the world and is the most popular and most talked about environmental issue of our time. In sharing my personal story of campaigning against plastic as source, I hope to inspire us to recognise that we are all powerful change makers. It is through our local consumer choices that we hold this exciting opportunity for global environmental impact.