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Webinar Series 2: Waste Reduction - Part 1

Part one of a three part series exploring waste reduction - six months on from a plastic-themed World Environment Day.

Webinar recorded on Thursday 8th November 2018. Please find the full recording below.


Expert Talk by Mandhy Senewiratne CEnv:

Plastic - Why Should We Care?

“If you can’t reuse it, refuse it!” was arguably one of the most timely and emotive themes the UN had championed in recent times for World Environment Day. Yet, how much of an impact did it really have? Did it impact industry? Did it impact you as an individual? Did it change behaviours? Or did many concede that “Life is Plastic! It’s fantastic!” and perhaps consider that the exertion of living a “Plastic free July” wasn’t worth it? And whether swapping a plastic straw for a paper straw is really a lower carbon, less polluting option? (Much like disposing of perfectly good light bulbs, for energy efficient light bulbs…).

How much effort does it really take to be “plastic free?” And does it matter if we are plastic free? Particularly when all of Asia seems to obsess with plastic?! Is it really that hard to give up plastic…? Six months on… is the world a better place?

Find out more about Mandhy below.


Expert Talk by Jonathan Atkinson CEnv:

Construction, Demolition and Excavation Wastes - Is Industry on the Right Track?

Getting waste right, what to do with demolition materials, what to do with spoil, materials tracking and making the right discard and classification decisions. What if it goes wrong? Who is in the frame, what are the penalties now?

Find out more about Jonathan below.


Full Webinar Recording:


About the Expert Speakers

Mandhy Senewiratne CEnv - Director @ Fyrefly Global Sustainability

Mandhy Senewiratne, a member of both the Institute of Water and CIWEM, is a Chartered Environmentalist with a proven track record in delivering projects with long term sustainable benefits. These range from energy and water efficiency, carbon and resource management, responsible sourcing, climate resilience and adaptation.

Mandhy's journey into all things conservation began with a degree in Environmental Engineering, minoring in Chemical Engineering, in Melbourne, Australia. She is now the Director of Fyrefly Global Sustainability, flitting about the globe, sparking sustainability. Alongside this, her alter ego, “Mad Mandhy”, is a facilitator for Mad Science, a science edutainment company, teaching 4 to 11 year olds, encouraging STEM and developing the next generation of Eco-Warriors.


Jonathan Atkinson CEnv - Groundwater and Contaminated Land @ Environment Agency

Following his global travels, Jonathan got his first permanent job at 30 with the KCC geotechnical group in the UK. After two years he moved to Pollution Control section in the KCC Waste Disposal Dept, which evolved into the Waste Regulation Authority.

Jonathan joined the Environment Agency at its inception in 1996, and has worked on risk assessment of developed closed landfill sites, landfill engineering and environmental control enforcement on permitted sites, as well as  a variety of contaminated land projects. He has managed a team of specialists and been a national technical specialist advisor on a number of projects related to soil remediation and waste management as a regulator.


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