Agenda 2017

Weigher to from Here? 

November 28th, Carton House, Co. Kildare

Conference Agenda

9:20 Morning Session Chaired by Caroline Walsh, Chairperson, Irish Waste Management Association

9:30 Waste Policy Updates from the Department for 2018
Kevin O Donoghue, Principal, Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

9:50 Dublin Waste to Energy Facility….20 years in the making
Kieran Mullins, Business Manager, Covanta Dublin

10:10 Management of Nuisance at Waste Management Facilities
Carol O’Sullivan, Waste Enforcement Lead, Dublin Licence Enforcement Office EPA

10:30 Waste Management Plans and Performance in the UK

  • Lessons that can be learnt from Scotland, Wales and England
  • Driving Diversion Performance
  • How best to reach the higher recycling targets that will come with the Circular Economy Package

Alban Forster, Infrastructure Sector Leader, Europe, SLR Consulting

11:00 Q & A Session open to the floor

11:10 Morning Coffee Break, Exhibition Viewing and Networking

11:40 Waste Enforcement – a Case Study
Alison Fanagan, Co-Head of Environmental & Planning, A&L Goodbody

12:00 Waste Enforcement Investigations
Sean Scott, Regional Coordinator, WERLA Ulster & Connaught

12:20 Potential Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the Waste Management Industry

  • A whistle stop tour of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation
  • Analysis of the key features impacting the processing of personal data in the waste management industry
  • Useful tips on how to approach compliance to the regulation before the May 2018 deadline

Valerie Lyons, Chief Operations Officer, BH Consulting

12:50 PANEL DISCUSSION 1: Transparency and Availability of Data in the Waste Sector: issues for Companies, Regulators, Consumers and Competitors

  • Alison Fanagan, Co-Head of Environmental & Planning, A&L Goodbody
  • Conor Walsh, Secretary, Irish Waste Management Association
  • Valerie Lyons, Chief Operations Officer, BH Consulting
  • Stephen Treacy, Senior Manager, EPA

1:20 Lunch, Exhibition Viewing and Networking (Sponsored by A&L Goodbody)

2:25 Afternoon Session Chaired by Billy Dolan, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management


2:30 Minister Denis Naughten T.D, Minister, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

2.50 Future Proofing our Packaging Recycling Needs

  • Our population is due to grow by one million by 2040
  • What is needed to manage the waste that will be generated?
  • How are we going to meet the EU recycling targets of packaging?
  • A major challenge that needs planning today

Seamus Clancy, CEO, Repak

3.10 Chinese Take Away. What’s on the menu now?

  • The historical markets for all the recycled material that is produced in Ireland
  • The new higher quality targets that have been implemented over the past 5 years ( green fence ) and the ones suggested for the future
  • The recycling targets that we will have to try and achieve
  • The opportunities that we will have to look at process further in Ireland
  • Mixed rigid plastics and now LDPE films, bottles and PET bottles
  • The problems associated with setting up new processing , including changing markets, energy and labour cost and regulatory constraints

Des Crinion, Managing Director, Irish Packaging Recycling, the commodities trading arm of the Panda Group

3:30 Dealing with Soil and Stone Waste since the building upturn – Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director Development Housing and Planning Services, Construction Industry Federation

3:50 PANEL DISCUSSION 2: Recycling in Ireland – How do we drive the market forward and also increase Recycling Rates?

  • Seamus Clancy – CEO, Repak
  • Des Crinion, Managing Director of Irish Packaging Recycling Ltd
  • Alban Forester, Infrastructure Sector Leader, Europe, SLR Consulting
  • Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland
  • Claire Downey, CEO, Community Recycling Network Ireland (CRNI)
  • Hugh Coughlan, Regional Co-Ordinator, Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office
  • Professor David C Wilson, President, CIWM

4:15 Conference Ends

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