Policy Forum for Wales

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Waste policy in Wales - developing the Circular Economy Strategy, next steps for meeting zero waste targets, and engagement with industry and communities

Morning, Thursday, 24th September 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss waste policy in Wales and the next steps for developing the Circular Economy Strategy.

The seminar will offer stakeholders an opportunity to feed into the final version of the Strategy as it is being developed by Welsh Government.

Following the recent completion of the Welsh Government’s consultation on its circular economy strategy, delegates will discuss what will be needed for it to succeed in supporting the aim of making Wales world-leading in recycling and zero-waste by 2050, and meeting ambitions for:

  • phasing out single plastic use - including implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)
  • prioritising procurement of recycled, re-manufactured and wood content
  • cleaner technology for collections
  • efficient use of food and eradication of food waste
  • enabling communities - including young people - to take collective action, and creating conditions for businesses to create opportunities
  • taking full responsibility for waste in Wales, and ensuring that problem waste is not exported

We also expect discussion on trends and behaviours that have occurred as a result of the lockdown for COVID-19 - as well as:

  • how the pandemic has impacted waste and recycling provision, and the organisations and their employees working in the sector
  • what can be learned for the future from the way operations and procedures have adapted
  • ways that the economic recovery in Wales can be green and sustainable

The discussion in detail:

The Circular Economy Strategy

  • how the Strategy can help create the shift required to become a re-use society and meet the aim of becoming zero-waste by 2050 - and the changes that will be needed, looking at:
    • the approach that the Government intends to use for the strategy, combining the agendas for resource efficiency, economic opportunities and reducing carbon emissions
    • research and innovation to develop the materials and resources for re-use and re-purposing
    • developing the standards and governance required to establish a fair and sustainable circular economy
  • making local and household recycling as efficient and clean as possible, using innovative ways to engage with consumers and improve recycling rates, and putting in place the required infrastructure

Engaging industry and local authorities

  • new business models required to create a circular economy with increased focus on ensuring longer product life and its ability to be re-used
  • ways of incentivising manufacturers - following the consultation on extended producer responsibility conducted by the UK Government, Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)
  • progress, strategies and next steps in driving the contribution of waste management to net-zero ambitions - looking at policy and legislation, programme delivery, supporting local authorities and encouraging behaviour change
  • supporting industry to make the required changes to packaging and materials used, working with the packaging sector, and progress in developing deposit return schemes

Communities and collaboration

  • encouraging communities to take action and providing opportunities for businesses to get involved - and ways this is already happening in communities across Wales, looking at:
    • innovative ways to build upon progress in household recycling rates
    • ways that community groups can be supported in delivering waste reduction schemes in local areas, and the work that is already being carried out on this
    • supporting and encouraging local businesses and enterprises to engage with waste and recycling
    • making more efficient use of food from farm to fork, and opportunities for retailers to further reduce food waste
    • engaging with households to reduce their food waste, and community work being done around food redistribution in local areas

The context for discussion:

The agenda:

  • Developing the Circular Economy Strategy and its role in a green recovery response to COVID-19
  • The impact of COVID-19 on waste and recycling - new trends and behaviours, what it means the strategy, and ways of contributing to sustainable recovery
  • Priorities for achieving a circular economy in Wales - innovative research, collaboration, standards and governance
  • The strategy and meeting the 2050 zero waste target - efficient recycling, new business models and incentivising manufacturers, extended producer responsibility, and community action
  • Phasing out single use plastics - supporting industry, and developing deposit return schemes and environmental protection
  • The role of the waste sector in helping achieve 2050 climate targets
  • Community engagement, reducing food waste, building on household recycling rates, and creating opportunities for businesses
  • Next steps for meeting zero waste and net-zero targets in Wales

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Defra; the Department for International Trade; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs - Northern Ireland and The Scottish Government.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

David Warren

Head of Circular Economy Development, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Welsh Government

Keynote Speakers

Bettina Gilbert

Programme Manager, WRAP Cymru

Richard Taylor

Senior Analyst, Committee on Climate Change

Brian Mayne

Chair, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Cymru Wales

Professor Sandra Esteves

Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery, Energy and Materials, Sustainable Environment Research Centre and Director, Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion, University of South Wales

David Warren

Head of Circular Economy Development, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Division, Welsh Government

Dr Gavin Bunting

Chair, Circular Economy Research Group for Wales and Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Swansea University


Councillor Catrin Elen Wager

Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, Gwynedd Council

Nick Ramsay MS

Chair, Public Accounts Committee, Senedd Cymru


Paul Van Danzig

Policy Director, Wastepack Group

Iain Cox

Director, Ecostudio

Chris Sherrington

Head of Environmental Policy and Economics, Eunomia

Pete Robertson

Acting Director, Food and Drink Federation Cymru

Jemma Bere

Policy and Research Manager, Keep Wales Tidy

Sarah Germain

Manager, FareShare Cymru

Amy Greenfield

Director, Awesome.Wales

Jane Cherrington

Project Manager, All Wales Recycling Infrastructure Procurement, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Councillor Michael Michael

Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment, Cardiff Council