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Series 2: Waste Reduction

Six months on from a plastic-themed World Environment Day 2018, the Society for the Environment have launched a three part series of free webinars exploring waste reduction, drawing together expertise in the environmental profession. 

Each webinar is led by two registered environmental professionals (CEnv or REnvTech), sharing in twenty minute talks their insight into the key issues and good practice surrounding waste reduction, followed by a question and answer session to conclude.


Part 1

Recorded 08.11.2018

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?

By Mandhy Senewiratne CEnv - Director @ Fyrefly Global Sustainability

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?

By Jonathan Atkinson CEnv - Groundwater and Contaminated Land @ Environment Agency


Part 2

Recorded 21.11.2018


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.

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

Plastic - Waste or Material?

As the Group Environment Manager at Willmott Dixon Holdings, Martin is a key decision maker and influencer within the organisation. He discusses what Willmott Dixon do to protect and reduce their impact on the environment and suggests ways in which other organisations could make a difference.

Martin will also focus on the #PledgeLessPlastic project with the perspective of the organising group and Willmott Dixon.  

By Martin Ballard CEnv - Group Environment Manager @ Willmott Dixon

Part 3

Recorded 05.12.2018


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!

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

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.

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

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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