Policy Forum for Wales

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Waste policy in Wales: Towards Zero Waste, extended producer responsibility and developing a deposit return scheme for Wales

November 2019

This seminar will assess the progress and next steps for waste policy in Wales - with the Welsh Government setting a recycling target of 70% for municipal waste and reducing landfill waste to 5% in the next decade.

The agenda in summary

Keynote speakers:

  • ‘Re-use and recycled content in the circular economy - sustainable public sector procurement and the Circular Economy Fund’ - with Carl Nichols, Head, WRAP Cymru;
  • Shaping the Towards Zero Waste Strategy - with Dr Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy, Welsh Government - on the upcoming Strategy, as well as further Welsh Government priorities for waste policy.

Panel sessions and speaker contributions:

  • Towards Zero Waste strategy: implementing the Circular Economy Fund and addressing challenges for business:
    • Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK - on how the range of waste policy elements fit together, in addition to discussing the challenges for delivery at the local level;
    • Councillor Fiona Cross, Executive Board Member for Environment, Torfaen County Borough Council - on how the Strategy could be shaped to support local authorities in achieving the ambitious recycling targets; and
    • Iain Cox, Director, Ecostudio - on how the TZW Strategy can make an impact, and supporting greater levels of recycling across all sectors of the economy.
  • Issues for implementation of EPR and deposit return schemes in Wales:
    • Brian Mayne, Visiting Lecturer, Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University - on recent work with Welsh Local Government Association on the EPR and DRS, as well as other EPR projects in the Middle East and Australia;
    • Derick Lawes-Gale, National Account Manager, Princes Gate Spring Water - on strategies for water bottling companies to reduce plastic waste; and
    • Gill Bell, Head of Conservation Wales, Marine Conservation Society - on the progress on the DRS and EPR scheme in Wales and areas where it needs more funding.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates