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Series 2: Waste Reduction

ix months on from a plastic-themed World Environment Day 2018, the Society for the Environment are launching a series of free webinars exploring waste reduction, drawing together expertise in the environmental profession.  Each webinar will be lead by two environmental professionals, sharing in twenty minute talks their insight into the key issues and good practice surrounding waste reduction. 

In the first of these webinars, Chartered Environmentalists Mandhy Senewiratne and Jonathan Atkinson will be joining us to share their unique perspectives and expertise in the world of waste management. Each of them will lead a twenty minute talk, and will take part in a Question and Answer session.


Webinar 1

Thursday 8th November 2018 @ 12:00 GMT
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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?

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.

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?

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.


Webinar 2

Wednesday 21st November 2018 @ 12:00 GMT
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Plastics in the Aquatic and Marine Environment - Consequences and Solutions

The consequences of discarded/escaped plastics in the aquatic and marine environment are far more wide-ranging than many realise, and we are really only just starting to recognise many of the problems caused.

Plastics are only one form of waste, but they provide a relevant example to focus on, with the same thinking applied to other waste streams. Plastics waste are the issue for which Caroline feels most passionately, given the issues it causes.

Caroline will discuss solutions such as the need to address a range of societal / economic issues to tackle the existing problem and avoid future problems; responsible citizenship regarding what to do with consumer waste; responsible manufacturing including cradle to grave thinking/zero waste solutions; and responsible waste handling.

Caroline Salthouse CEnv - Principal Consultant @ CSalthouse Environmental Consultancy, Training & Events

Caroline is a self-employed environmental consultant specialising in coastal issues. She is on the Management Board of the North West Coastal Forum (NWCF) – a regional multi-sector coastal partnership working together across boundaries to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for coastal communities in North West England. She formerly provided the paid secretariat for the NWCF for 14 years and continues to do so in a voluntary capacity. 

She has extensive experience of working on a wide range of coastal policy and marine planning issues at local, national and international level and continues to represent the North West Coastal Forum’s interests on a range of external bodies such as the North West and North Wales Coastal Group (coastal defence) and the national Sustainability Appraisal Advisory Group (marine planning).

#PledgeLessPlastic - Why? Achievements? What Next?

Martin will focus on the #PledgeLessPlastic project with the perspective of the organising group and Willmott Dixon. Further details to follow. 

Martin Ballard CEnv - Group Environment Manager @ Willmott Dixon

Martin is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and a Full Member of IEMA (MIEMA). Further details to follow. 


Webinar 3

Wednesday 5th December 2018 @ 12:00 GMT
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What Next for Plastics Wastes?

Chartered Environmentalist Adam Read will focus on future of plastics wastes, a new consumerism and the opportunity for effective producer responsibility. He will be discussing themes around Government’s new resources and waste strategy, looking at single use plastic taxes, EPR reform, changes in service funding and a drive towards more consistent packaging, more simplistic packaging and a willingness by the public to do more, and pay more.

Adam brings his talk to life with data from polls, public workshops, supply chain workshops etc. – this isn’t theoretical!

Dr Adam Read CEnv - Director of External Affairs @ Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd

Dr Adam Read CEnv is the Director of External Affairs at Suez Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd., where he is responsible for government engagement, and closer working with CIWM, ESA and other trade bodies in the UK and internationally, including ISWA and FEAD. Much of his time in the last 12 months has been dominated by addressing the Chinese recycling import situation, and in working with DEFRA & BEIS on the upcoming new Resources & Waste Strategy. 

Adam has been in the sector for over 20 years as a local authority officer, academic and consultant, the last 15 of which have been in the consultancy space, supporting local authorities on designing, evaluating, procuring and commissioning recycling and residual waste treatment solutions. Adam has worked with MRFs on feedstock controls, technology solutions, and output specifications since 1995, and is now working closely with both the trading teams and the operational teams at Suez, both in the UK and internationally, on improvements that can be made to enable municipal and commercial recyclates to be recovered. He is a Fellow of the CIWM and will become President in October 2020.

Canary Wharf: Making Sustainability Real - Breaking the Plastic Habit

How do you solve a problem like plastic? Lessons from a micro-city with six key outcomes:

  1. Educate and segregate
  2. Food to go is the next frontier
  3. Importance of leadership
  4. Consumers are ahead of the game
  5. Access is key for on the go recycling
  6. Where does the micro-city go next? 

Discover these insights of the Canary Wharf Group Head of Sustainability, Martin Gettings CEnv in his talk six months on from World Environment Day 2018.

Martin Gettings CEnv - Head of Sustainability @ Canary Wharf Group plc

A Chartered Environmentalist, and Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, Martins background is engineering, design, and construction management: a foundation for sustainable development in the built environment.

Martin has been with Canary Wharf Group since 2011 and is responsible for achieving some of the Groups highest environmental benchmark ratings and leading sustainability performance to date. 

As mentor in Level39 the Groups in house Future City Accelerator, he has helped several start-ups achieve success in pilot implementation. With over 14,000 connections, Martin is a serial collaborator, working on a number of leading industry initiatives including ‘Ultra Site’, ‘Innovation Lab’ and ‘Breaking the Plastic Habit’, all supporting our overall mission to Make Sustainability Real.

Webinar Chair

Dougal Driver CEnv - Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment and CEO @ Grown in Britain

Dougal Driver has extensive experience in the public, private and NGO sectors. After a successful career managing the Defence Estate, he became a Defra Director and Ministerial advisor on environmental matters. He played a vital role in the first green infrastructure and natural capital polices and was a leading advisor in the Secretary of State's team that set up the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Dougal is now a board member for several environmentally focussed organisations and is CEO of Grown in Britain. 

Dougal is passionate about the work of the Society and is determined to ensure that environmental professionals are at the heart and start of decisions affecting the world we live in. 

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