Policy Forum for Wales

Waste and the circular economy in Wales: next steps in the Towards Zero Waste strategy, the future for regulation and the role of local authorities

Morning, Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Central Cardiff


This seminar will discuss progress and next steps for waste policy in Wales.

The conference will be an opportunity to examine new elements of the Towards Zero Waste strategy (TZW), due this summer - including its fit with the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Environment Act 2016 - and to assess the strategy’s contribution to the Welsh Government’s One Planet Goal and to the sustainable management of natural resources in Wales.

Delegates will also look at the opportunities created in conjunction with the TZW strategy by the renewed government commitment to the circular economy model in the £6.5 million fund, as well as the challenges that the Strategy presents for businesses in Wales - looking at issues around added costs, the infrastructure needed to manage waste in Wales and future direction of regulation.

Further sessions consider the latest thinking on reducing barriers to reducing municipal waste in Wales - with particular attention to the impact on local authorities in Wales of China’s ban on importing foreign waste.



Guest of Honour

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government


Mike Hedges AM

Chair, Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee


Carl Nichols

Head, WRAP Cymru

Joe Papineschi

Director, Eunomia

Nick Churchward

Partner and Head, Resource and Waste Management, Burges Salmon

Senior speaker confirmed from Wheelabrator Technologies

Scott Daniell

Environmental, Health and Safety and Compliance Leader, GE Aviation

Dr David Greenfield

Managing Director, SOENECS