Our ‘Waste’ strand at eco-fair covers recycling, legislation, new technologies, best practice case studies and cradle to cradle ‘circular economy’ thinking.

ReFood have kindly sponsored our Waste Management Best Practice strand.

8.30  Waste Regs & Policy Update – Phil Conran from 360 Environmental

Independent waste specialist Phil Conran from 360 Environmental will take us through the latest thinking in government and EU waste policy and regulations including the 2011 Waste Regulations.  This will give a flavor of what to prepare for and what to do to stay compliant and will compliment the Environmental Regulations bite size program at eco-fair.

Presentation available here.

9.15 New Waste Technology – from Waste Management to Resource Recovery, Mike Hibbert, Sustainable Resource Solutions

The UK is less reliant on landfill than ever thanks to the Landfill Tax Escalator.  Waste Technology is rapidly developing in response to new drivers and an increasing imperative to recover value from waste.

Anaerobic Digestion, advanced thermal recovery, pyrolosis, autoclaving – what does it all mean?  Mike Hibbert from Sustainable Resource Solutions Ltd will explain how the UK is changing it approach to waste management and what the implications are for your business.

Presentation available here.

10.00 – Business Case Study : From Fibre to Fertiliser – innovation in waste management – Lenzing Fibers Grimsby Ltd

Lenzing Fibers specialise in the production of cellulosic fibres, viscose, Modal and Lyocell made from wood pulp.  In 2008 the company set an internal target of achieving zero cellulosic waste sent to landfill.  This was achieved in under 2 years thanks to an effective partnership of production staff, the Environment Agency and local composting company Clarkeson Recycling. This approach not only reached their goal but also achieved a real sense of pride amonst their workforce.

As a result of Lenzing’s work with Clarkeson Recycling and regular dialogue with the Environment Agency, fibre rejects from the pulp processing industry were added as an acceptable biowaste type for the production of quality compost in England and Wales according to the EA/Wrap Quality Protocol.

The project is now a national Environment Agency case study of Best in Industry Practice for waste resource management.  The small family, run composting company Clarkeson also won the Association for Organics Recycling Award 2010 for Innovation in Biowaste Technology as a result of their efforts with this waste stream.

Stuart Gorringe, Health, Safety and Environmental manager, and Bob Jeavons, Technical Service Executive will present their fascinating and award winning journey.

Presentation available here.

10.45 – Designing out Waste: Creating a Cradle to Cradle Company is fine in theory but what is it like in practice? Stef Kranendijk, CEO of Desso

The Cradle to Cradle philosophy eliminates the concept of waste by designing systems to collect and recover the value of materials following their use.

In embedding Cradle to Cradle® practice into its business strategy, leading European carpet manufacturer Desso is proving that companies can reengineer their manufacturing practices to make products to the highest quality in a closed loop system over and over again.

Under the leadership of Stef Kranendijk, CEO of Desso since 2007, Desso is pioneering a new circular economy model for business.  It is committed to becoming fully Cradle to Cradle® by 2020.  In this seminar Stef will talk about how this company is being reinvented for the circular economy.

Presentation available here.

11.30 From Flooring to Fibre – Carpet Recycling UK.

Each year 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste is buried in UK landfill. Increasingly, businesses, householders and local authorities are looking for better alternatives for the recycling of unwanted carpet materials.

Carpets are made from natural and synthetic fibres, which still have a value once the carpet is no longer wanted; they can be used in a wide range of applications from sports surfaces to insulation.

Carpet Recycling UK is a not for profit membership association working to increase the recycling of carpet. Jane Gardner from Carpet Recycling UK will take you through some of their groundbreaking initiatives including their work with carpet retailers to increase take back and recycling schemes and their work to establish new markets for carpet waste.

Presentation available here.

12.15 Commercial Food Waste Options – Mark Baker, ReFood UK

Food waste is not only a big challenge for businesses but it is a valuable resource. With rising landfill costs and greater focus on sustainability, businesses of all sizes are looking for a solution that offers simplicity, sustainability and security.

A recent WRAP report highlighted that 600,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away annually by the hospitality industry in the UK. This seminar will explain how your business can tackle this often forgotten waste stream.  Whether your organization has an on site canteen or is a catering business in its own right find out how easy it is to establish a segregated food waste collection system.

ReFood UK’s plant is based in Doncaster and has the capacity to recycle 45,000 tonnes of food waste each year, producing 2.8MW of electricity – enough power for 5,000 homes. The company has also secured end customers for the 40,000 tonnes of nutrient-rich organic fertiliser produced by the AD process.

Mark Baker from ReFood UK will discuss the challenges businesses face in recycling food waste and look at how these can be overcome to enable food waste to be turned into renewable energy.

13.00 Reuse and Remanufacture – Benefits and Options – Caroline Bartlett  Technical Consultant  Centre for Reuse and Remanufacturing

Remanufacturing and reuse bring huge carbon and financial benefits by keeping goods in circulation for longer.

The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse are leading experts in the subject and are working to increase awareness of the benefits and opportunities in this field.

This seminar is for anyone interested in the reuse and remanufacture of products. If you looking to start or extend your remanufacturing capability, wanting to economise by buying remanufactured or wondering how to extend the life of your old products this seminar has something for you.

The session will explain how businesses can reduce their environmental impact and improve profitability by bringing remanufactured goods into their sustainable purchasing decisions, without comprising on product quality and performance. It will also look at the business opportunities in remanufacturing and reuse.

13.45 Reuse in Action – University of Leeds- Estates and Facilities Management – Michael Howroyd – Sustainable Development Assistant

A University report in 2009 highlighting the disposal of a large amount of good-quality furniture led to the development of an online reuse system. This system linked departments, saving over £380k of furniture and over 80 tonnes of carbon savings in less than two years. Building on this, in March 2011, a new site, ‘reuse@leeds’ was launched. Developed with procurement in mind, this site offers a simple system of reuse across campus, including furniture, stationery and equipment categories, has totals on the homepage displaying carbon and financial savings in real time and has proved to be an instant success.

Michael will explain how the University successfully established reuse as a viable option in procurement decisions in this inspiring case study.

Presentation available here.

14.30 Getting the best from your waste contract Leeds City College – Georgiana Weatherill  Environmental & Sustainability Manager at Leeds City College.

On the 1st March 2012 Leeds City College entered into a waste management contract which guarantees 100% recycling by segregating all recyclable material and sending wet, organic material for either composting or energy recovery. Currently, the College produces an average of 17 tonnes of waste per month and has taken steps to increase recycling from from 250 Kg per month in 2007 to 11 tonnes per month in August 2011.   Now that 100% recycling rates have been guaranteed the College is focusing efforts on waste reduction by removing desk side bins, introducing a new MFD (multi functional device) strategy and educating staff and students on the College’s waste profile.

Find out how a good dialogue with your waste contractor can help your organisation deliver the waste hierarchy.

Presentation available here.

15.15 Resource efficiency – minimising waste in the construction industry. Nigel Sagar, Senior Sustainability Manager, Skanska.

The construction industry in the UK produces an estimated 120 million tonnes of waste each year with more than 25 million tonnes of this is sent straight to landfill without any form of recovery or reuse.

Skanska, one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, has a long term target of zero waste to landfill. It is working to deliver this target with innovative waste reduction and management techniques both on its construction sites and with the construction supply chain.

Skanska came first in the Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award 2011 in which employee engagement and good waste practices played a key part.

This session will present Skanska’s waste strategy and examples of what is being done to reduce construction waste on its projects both in the building and the civil engineering industry.

Presentation available here.

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