Taking place on 15-16 September at the NAEC near Coventry, the event will be the biggest sector specific event to take place since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.
Alongside the live demonstration areas, material specific discussions and networking opportunities, the show has a raft of conferences and speakers which aren’t to be missed.
At the centre of these discussions will be legislation.
While the Resources and Waste Strategy may have been released nearly three years ago, we are now at a critical time as we await feedback from the second-round consultations.
With many measures kicking in during 2023, this will provide a key time to swap notes on the plans and how industry is preparing for the biggest overhaul to the system for decades.
Kicking things off on the legislation front is a panel discussion on consistent collections, taking place at 15:00 on day one of the show.
This gives the audience the chance to put any questions they have to a panel of industry experts.
This will be chaired by Steve Eminton, editor, letsrecycle.com and will feature Paul Van Danzig, policy director, The Wastepack Group Ltd, Margaret Bates, executive director, OPRL, Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director, SUEZ, and Lee Marshall, chief executive of LARAC.
The consistent collections legislation is due to be rolled out for 2023. If it goes ahead as proposed in the second-round consultation, it will ensure that every home in England will be able to place plastic, paper and card, glass, and metal in their recycling bins.
Defra’s 2019 consultation proposed including foil, foil trays and metal aerosols cans, food and drink cartons, and plastic film and flexible packaging.
Expect to hear information on the next steps of the legislation, as well as looking into detail at what steps can be taken in the coming months as well as the cost.
With most conferences not taking place last year, the panel discussion format will provide a great opportunity for a team of experts to be on hand to take any questions.
Mr Van Danzig said he can’t wait to meet the industry again in person.
“While Zoom and virtual conferences were a means to an end, and filled a gap while we needed it, nothing compares to having a conference face-to-face,” he explained.
Mr Van Danzig added: “I’m really excited to be able to share ideas at what is a vital time for our industry. I am looking forward to taking part on the panel discussion. There is so much to speak about and learn and I look forward to taking questions from all attendees. In my mind, the cost of it all and the timescale are going to be the major issues”.
The following day there will be panel discussion on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) taking place at 11:00 on day two.
Taking part will be: Jenny Watts, managing director of Watts Legal and chief executive of UROC, Paul Vanston, chief executive of INCPEN, Tom Mockridge, director of BPR Group, Robbie Staniforth, innovation and policy director, Ecosurety and Simon Ellin, chief executive of Recycling Association and IWPP.
With so much still to discuss ahead of the proposed 2023 deadline for EPR introduction, the panel will discuss what still needs to be done, how industry can prepare and provide details on any questions the audience may have.