Professor David C Wilson will chair the first day of the European Waste Management 2010 conference in Brussels on 1 December 2010. The conference is aimed particularly at industry operating in Europe, and focuses on overcoming challenges in the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive whilst minimising a company’s environmental footprint. A recurring theme is the effective implementation of waste prevention, which is one of DCW’s particular current interests.
DCW will chair the session on managing household hazardous wastes at the CIWM 2008 conference, A World of Difference, in Torbay on Wednesday 11 June. DCW chairs CIWM’s Special Interest Group on hazardous wastes. Local authorities are increasingly seeking to collect separately the hazardous components of household waste – a particular focus of this session will be the new EU producer responsibility requirements for batteries, which will reach the UK statute book in 2008.
DCW chaired a workshop in London on 19 May 2008, Towards certainty in the use of organic MBT outputs. Mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) is expanding rapidly as a treatment method for residual municipal wastes in the UK, as local authorities rise to the challenge of meeting their targets for diversion from landfill: one output is an organic, ‘compost-like output’ which could potentially be used as a soli-improver. The Environment Agency have recently stated that MBT organic outputs will not be permitted for application to land where food crops may be grown, and invited the MBT industry to come forward with the evidence to support its application to land for non-food uses. This workshop brought the various stakeholders together to discuss alternative outlets for MBT organic outputs , and to discuss how to take up the challenge presented by the EA.
DCW chaired a conference in London on 27 March 2008, on Household food waste: maximising participation in collection. The conference showcased the results of a research project funded by Defra’s Waste and Resources Research Programme, and also provided an update on local authority trials being funded by Wrap.
DCW chaired the CIWM conference Hazardous Waste Management – an Inspector’s Report, which reviewed progress with implementing the UK’s new regulatory regime.
Eight invited speakers provided different perspectives: the conclusion was that, while progress is being made, there is still some way to go. DCW is Chair of CIWM’s Special Interest Group on Hazardous Wastes, and represents CIWM on both the Defra Hazardous Waste Forum and the ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste.
DCW today chaired the first of 3 technical sessions, co-sponsored by Defra’s Waste and Resources Evidence Programme (WREP), as part of CIWM’s annual conference in Paignton.
The 3 technical sessions, on waste prevention and behaviour change, decision support systems and resource recovery, showcased emerging results from the Defra programme alongside complementary work funded by other bodies. DCW chairs the Waste and Resources Research Advisory Group, which advises Defra on WREP and co-ordinates waste and resources evidence and research work across theUK.