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11 & 12 SEPT

NEC BIRMINGHAM

Local Authority Theatre

The Local Authority Theatre, explores today’s local authority’s recycling, waste and resource management, with topics including collection harmonisation, solutions for “problem wastes”, improving recyclate quality and future targets; weight or carbon?

    • Wednesday

      speaker

      11.00 - 11.30

      Malcolm Lythgo

      The ever changing world of Resources and Waste: A Regulator’s perspective

      Malcolm will give the view from the regulator''s position, as the waste industry adjusts in response to significant domestic and foreign influences. He will discuss how the Environment Agency is working with Government and industry to influence, plan and adapt to these changes. Malcolm with talk about the priorities the Environment Agency focused on to minimise the impact on the industry while seeking opportunities for positive change.

      speaker

      11.45 - 12.15

      Markets for Recyclate Quality

      LIVE Panel Debate

      Markets for Recyclate Quality Whether reprocessing secondary materials in the UK, Europe or further afield there has to be a market for the final product. Markets prices will fluctuate but if the quality is high and there is demand these pull mechanisms should suffice. How can we secure that market in the future given the recent restrictions from China?

      speaker

      12.30 - 13.00

      Markets for Recyclate Quality

      LIVE Panel Debate

      Markets for Recyclate Quality Whether reprocessing secondary materials in the UK, Europe or further afield there has to be a market for the final product. Markets prices will fluctuate but if the quality is high and there is demand these pull mechanisms should suffice. How can we secure that market in the future given the recent restrictions from China?

      speaker

      14.00 - 14.30

      Cat Fletcher & Steve Hartley

      Reduce Waste, Save Money, Support Residents! Council and Reuse Charity Collaboration

      The Kings House Reuse Project changed the way the council thinks about its own waste. It involved emptying the largest office block in the city (100,000 square feet) of 170 tonnes of furniture and equipment. Not a scrap went to landfill. We minimised waste through reuse: changing staff behaviour, attitude and understanding. The project benefited local residents, universities, schools, hospitals, businesses, and charities. It also saved the council money. Brighton & Hove City Council worked in partnership with Freegle, a non-profit organisation that facilitates re-use.

      speaker

      14.45 - 15.45

      Future Targets: weight or carbon?

      LIVE Panel Debate

      Future Targets: weight or carbon? Are-weight based targets providing us with the type of recyclable materials we need? Is it time to switch to carbon-based targets and focus collection systems from the heavier items to the more carbon intense textiles and plastic?

      speaker

      16:00 - 16.30

      Financing the future of EfW

      LIVE Panel Debate

      Navigating the balance and structures needed to address the challenge of feedstock availability in merchant EfW. Can we continue to rely on long-term local government contracts for municipal waste or is there a sustainable future for merchant facilities for municipal and commercial waste?