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Next steps for waste, recycling and the circular economy in Wales - implementation of the Beyond Recycling strategy, skills development, infrastructure, support, and priorities for communities, businesses and societal change

Morning, Thursday, 26th May 2022

This conference focuses on the next steps for tackling waste, improving recycling, and development of the circular economy in Wales.

It will be an opportunity to assess progress, challenges and next steps for the Government’s Beyond Recycling strategy, and its ambitions for:

  • tackling single-use plastic and other avoidable waste
  • world-leading recycling rates in Wales
  • transforming procurement to sourcing from recycled, remanufactured and refurbished sources
  • supporting businesses and communities through change

Sessions in the agenda look at priorities and next steps for:

  • resource efficiency and cutting waste - infrastructure needs - issues for key sectors - waste collection and its environmental impact - building energy generation from waste
  • building the green economy - investment - identifying skills gaps - training and reskilling - developing infrastructure - use of smart technology
  • businesses - extended producer responsibility - impact of new proposals - finance - logistics - support
  • growing the circular economy - best practice - behaviour change - support priorities - circular communities - deposit return schemes - repair and re-use hubs - leasing and lending markets

We also expect discussion on issues and challenges that have been identified by some stakeholders, including:

  • defining a circular economy
  • measurement, key indicators and reporting
  • bureaucratic burden of new data requirements
  • options for incentives for retailers and other businesses to reduce plastic usage

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Bettina Gilbert, Head of Programme Delivery, WRAP; and Dr Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Welsh Government; as well as further contributions from Bangor University; Cardiff and Vale College; the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; Chatham House; the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales; the Green Alliance; Keep Wales Tidy; Oxera; Repair Café Wales; Resource Efficiency Wales; Riversimple; and Swansea University.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Welsh Government; Senedd Cymru; BEIS; DAERA, NI; the DIT; HM Treasury; and The Scottish Government.

Keynote Speakers

Bettina Gilbert

Head of Programme Delivery, WRAP

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Welsh Government

Keynote Speakers

Dr Andy Rees

Head of Waste Strategy, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Welsh Government

Bettina Gilbert

Head of Programme Delivery, WRAP


Wayne David MP

Member of Parliament for Caerphilly

Ruth Jones MP

Shadow Minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation; Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Microplastics; and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Wales in the World


Phoebe Brown

Director, Repair Café Wales

Bryony Bromley

Senior Education Manager, Keep Wales Tidy

James Kay

Director, Resource Efficiency Wales

Mike James

Chief Executive, Cardiff and Vale College

Muhammad Mumeez Faisal

Consultant, CR Plus

Lee Marshall

Policy and External Affairs Director, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Professor Serena Margadonna

Head, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Swansea University

Ed Evans

Director, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Wales

Hugo Spowers

Chief Engineer and Founder, Riversimple

Robert Elias

Director of Biocomposites, Bangor University

Susan Evans

Interim Head of Resources Policy, Green Alliance

Dr Leonardo Mautino

Partner, Oxera

Patrick Schröder

Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Jane Cherrington

Project Manager, The Clean Green Future