Our annual Waste & Materials Management conference took place on 24 January at 13:00-17:00 GMT and explored the best way forward for achieving circular economy and sustainability goals in the management, and re-use, of brownfield and construction waste.
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13.00 Welcome from Environment Analyst
13.05 Opening Remarks from the Chair
Jonathan Atkinson, Technical Director, CL:AIRE
13.10 Regulatory & Policy Guidance Update: Managing Waste & Re-Use of Materials in Brownfield Remediation & Development
- Developing a Regulatory Pathway to Net Zero:
- exploring circular economy principles and strategies for the brownfield development sector
- latest on Waste Quality protocols ad DoWCoP Review and implications for construction and development waste
- Applying the principles of waste regulation to optimise reuse and support the development of a pathway to a circular economy
- implications and considerations for developers and local authorities
- Outlining forthcoming CIRIA guidance on sustainable management of soils
- Outlining policy in Scotland to encourage reuse of soils and other materials:
- proposed new aggregates tax
- SEPA guidance encouraging early regulator engagement
Graham Winter, Senior Advisor, Circular Economy Strategy, Environment and Business, Environment Agency
Chris Berryman, Technical Director, Environmental Permitting & Regulatory Compliance, Stantec
Laura Tainsh, Partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP
Graeme Duggan, Senior Policy Officer, Soil Policy | Access, Landscape, Peatland and Soil Division, DEFRA
Paul Hatch, Principal Planning Officer (Planning Policy), Lancaster City Council
The above speakers will then participate in a panel Q&A discussion with questions taken from the audience, exploring the following points:
- Reviewing what changes are needed to waste management regulation and the planning & development system to incentivise re-use of soil and waste materials:
- enabling early engagement of local authorities
- to what extent could the Scottish approach to “de-wasting” soils at the planning stage be applied in England?
- Exploring the best way forward for achieving circular economy and sustainability goals within current waste regulation and policy frameworks
14.45 Short comfort break
15.00 Managing the Legal Considerations in Achieving Better Waste Management and Minimising Potential Liabilities
- Reviewing the current legal and regulatory guidance relating to waste and how it needs to change to enable better waste management and reuse:
- waste definition and classification
- applying waste acceptance criteria (WAC)
- applying quality materials order
- environmental permitting for waste
- Examining legal liabilities under the revised Duty of Care and improving risk mitigation:
- identifying where genuine failures in the technical assessment and classification of waste commonly occur
- how can greater clarity and transparency be achieved?
- Exploring how waste mis-management could be more effectively enforced and policed to ensure penalties really are a deterrent for bad practice
Dr Anna Willetts, Partner, Gunnercooke LLP and President, CIWM
15.20 Outlining the WM3 Waste Classification Guidance User Survey 2022
SLR has been commissioned by Natural Resources Wales to undertake research into the needs of different users of the WM3 waste classification guidance. SLR project manager Martin Garrett will provide an overview of the project’s background, objectives and progress to date.
Martin Garrett, Associate Consultant- Waste & Resource Management, SLR Consulting
15.35 Improving Transparency in Materials & Earthworks Management to Ensure Full Compliance Reporting & Duty of Care
Case study: Leveraging SoilFLO to meet CL:AIRE DoWCoP Requirements for Foxtree Solutions.
Foxtree has been supporting Brandwells Construction in relation to the removal and beneficial reuse of soil and developing material management plans has meant they can use the CL:AIRE DoWCoP regime.
Leveraging SoilFLO to efficiently manage reuse between sites has enabled Foxtree to set up soil characterization reports, manage audit requirements for DoWCoP, as well as easily visualise optimal soil reuse and manage that reuse in a time and cost-effective manner.
Kevin Goldberg, President, SoilFLO
16.10 Waste & Materials Management: Lessons from Large Infrastructure Projects - Case Studies
Atkins will share with you insights from managing some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects, on lessons learnt with regards to waste management and re-use, including the key regulatory drivers, how clients can drive best practice through target setting and the importance of experience within the supply chain.
Carrie Rose, Associate Technical Director, Atkins
Sarah Bullock, Associate Director in Contaminated Land and Materials Management, Atkins
16.30 Reviewing Waste Management Licenses & Environmental Permits: Surrender of Licences and Amendments to Working Plans – the Legislation and the Realities
- Exploring the legislative framework and environmental risks
- Case study 1 – licence surrender
- Case study 2 – waste transfer station
- Case study 3 – working plan amendment
- Lessons learned
Sarah Haines, Principal Engineer, The Environmental Protection Group Ltd
Amy Juden, Associate, The Environmental Protection Group Ltd
17.00 Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference