Chaired by the author and environmentalist Jonathon Porritt CBE, the ‘Talking Rubbish’ programme includes presentations from leaders in the waste management and circular economy industries.
The seminar will run between 2.15 and 4.30pm and speakers from across the sector will discuss European and UK thinking which aims to address the challenges faced by local councils in moving up the waste hierarchy and towards a circular economy.
Gloucestershire has been chosen for the seminar as an area where a new waste incinerator is planned.
Taking to the stage at 2.30 pm, Mike will discuss the circular economy and changing market and legislative implications on waste infrastructure.
Ahead of the event, Mike said:
“Fundamentally as we move away from landfill and up the hierarchy, the main choices (with nuances of course) are between thermal treatment and recycling. The Circular Economy approach encourages us to think with more clarity about moving up the hierarchy; to prevent waste in the first place by looking beyond waste management to designing out waste in the first place.”
Applying these principles to the UK context, Mike will draw on current market data to discuss issues of emerging overcapacity of treatment infrastructure, the potential impact of 65% municipal recycling targets and the possibility and desirability of an expansion of environmental taxes in the waste sector.
Attendance is free, register and see the full programme here.
For delegates seeking guidance on waste contracts Eunomia is hosting its own event ‘Municipal waste contracts: getting the service you need’ with independent UK law firm Burges Salmon in May 2016.
For more information, register here.