Agenda 2019

THE IRISH WASTE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2019

Policy, Enforcement & other Challenges

November 28th, Croke Park Conference Centre

Conference Agenda
9:00 Morning Session Chaired by Anthony Mulleady, Chairperson, Irish Waste Management Association

9:05 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Developing Irelands Waste Policy in a Circular Economy

Philip Nugent, Assistant Secretary, leading the Natural Resources and Waste Policy function at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

 

9:30 Regional Coordinators Updates
  • High level reflection on progress against the Waste Plan Targets / Objectives
  • Highlight key issues for consideration in development of New National Waste Policy
  • Outline Waste Plan Evaluation & Draft Plan process / timetable

Kevin Swift, Regional Co-Ordinator, Connacht Ulster Regional Waste Office

 

9:50 Enhancements in the Waste Collection Permitting system

  • New waste collection permit conditions
  • The waste collection permit review process
  • Prioritising waste data

Leo Duffy, Programme Manager, National Waste Collection Permits Office

10:10 The legal issues around the National Waste Policy Review 
  • What is up for debate from the 2012 Policy Document?
  • How might the waste collection market change in light of the recent calls for re-municipalisation in Cork and Dublin?
  • What challenges does Ireland face in complying with its EU waste obligations and what would the implications of breach be?

These issues and more will be explored in Alison’s usual thorough but practical presentation.

Alison Fanagan, Joint Head of Environmental & Planning Group, A&L Goodbody 

 

10:30 Panel Discussion 1 – Policy – Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
  • Philip Nugent, Assistant Secretary, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Hugh Coughlan – Regional Co-ordinator, Eastern Midlands Waste Region

  • Alison Fanagan, Joint Head of Environmental & Planning Group, A&L Goodbody
  • Claire Downey, CRNI Executive, Community Reuse Network of Ireland
  • Leo Duffy, Programme Manager, National Waste Collection Permits Office

 

10:50 Morning Coffee Break, Exhibition Viewing and Networking

 

11:20 Initiatives aimed at increasing the National Recycling Rates
Brian will discuss two trials currently in progress aimed at increasing householders recycling rates
  • Utilising available data to empower Irish householders to increase recycling levels
  • A collaborative trial aimed at improving food waste recycling in Ireland
Brian Lyons, General Manager, Clean Ireland Recycling & IWMA

 

11:40 Circular Economy MSW Recycling Targets – A Big Challenge for Ireland

  • Current recycling performance
  • Future targets
  • International comparisons
  • Recommended actions

Conor Walsh, Technical Director with SLR Consulting and also IWMA Secretary

 

12:00 The Plastic Dichotomy

  • Valuing Plastic as a Resource
  • The challenges of CEP & SUP for all stakeholders
  • Consumer demands V’s Producer Responsibility in using plastic in packaging

Seamus Clancy, CEO, Repak

 

12:20 “Plastic Surgery: Changing the face of packaging”  
Des will discuss three topics which highlight issues with consumer packaging in Ireland
  • Current and future deposit return schemes in Ireland
  • Composite packaging and material choice – the future of plastic packaging is single stream and will be processed on this island
  • Consumer information – a proposal to standardise packaging labels which can be easily understood in the household
Des Crinion, Managing Director, Irish Packaging Recycling, the commodities trading arm of the Panda Group

 

12:40 PANEL DISCUSSION 2: Enforcement  – Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
  • Nicholas Bond, Co-ordinator, WERLA – Southern Region, Environment  Directorate, Cork County Council
  • Conor Walsh, Technical Director with SLR Consulting and also IWMA Secretary
  • Seamus Clancy, CEO, Repak
  • Des Crinion, Managing Director, Irish Packaging Recycling, the commodities trading arm of the Panda Group
  • Trevor Nicholl, CIWM Incoming President

  • Caoimhin Nolan, EPA

 

1:00 Lunch, Exhibition Viewing and Networking (Sponsored by A&L Goodbody)

 

2:15 Afternoon Session Chaired by Billy Dolan, Chairperson, Chartered Intuition of Waste Management in Ireland

 

2:20 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Plastic and waste management in the spotlight – Priorities to deliver global Climate Change mitigation
  • An international perspective – – separating fact from fiction
  • The changing relationship with plastics in the UK
  • A new world order, same old waste hierarchy
  • What is circular economy, resource efficiency, sustainability, waste, recycling, reduction, environment, business?  Is everyone talking the same language?
  • The future for Plastic and Waste Management
Stuart Foster, Chief Executive Officer, Recoup UK

 

2:50 WEEE & Battery EPR in Action – Developments towards a Circular Economy 
  • The impact eco-modulation fees will have for consumers purchasing electrical appliances in 2023
  • Examining Ireland as a successful case study for implementation of the mandatory e-waste recycling treatment standards now proposed for all of Europe
  • How WEEE Ireland plans to encourage consumers to not only recycle more, but also repair and reuse more appliances and devices
  • WEEE Irelands strategy for environmental management and EPR solutions for new long-life technologies including lithium batteries and the PV Sector

Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland

 

3:10 Moving towards a Circular Culture within the Irish Construction Sector
  • Transition towards a circular supply chain within the construction sector
  • Culture change
  • Reimaging roles and responsibilities
  • Building on resource efficiency good practice.
  • Holistic lifecycle thinking

Keith Burke, Environmental Manager, Carey Building Contractors

 

3:30 Waste Prevention & the Circular Economy

  • Waste Characterisation
  • Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme
  • Food Waste – targets and actions
  • National Hazardous Waste Management Plan
  • Climate Change contexts

Dr Shane Colgan, Programme Managers, EPA

 

3:40 PANEL DISCUSSION 3: Construction & Demolition Waste Management – Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
  • Toddy Cuthbert, MD, Cuthbert Environmental
  • Cian O’Hora, MD, Integrated Material Solutions
  • Keith Burke, Environmental Manager, Carey Building Contractors

  • Dr Shane Colgan, Senior Manager, Resource Efficiency Unit, Environmental Protection Office
  • Janet Lynch, Senior Environmental Consultant, ARUP

 

4:00 Conference Ends
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