Waste Management 2020


Virtual Conference | 2-3 December

About the event

About the virtual conference


This virtual conference will provide you with practical and regulatory-compliant solutions to a variety of brownfield and contaminated land waste management issues, such as correctly classifying waste; understanding your legal waste and landfill tax liabilities; and effective re-using materials on site. 

Aimed at landowners, developers, regulators, solicitors, consultants and contractors, this virtual event will equip you with the knowledge and tools to ensure that your waste practices adhere to new legislation and that you have a comprehensive overview of any potential implications which may arise from these changes.

About the event

What topics will be discussed?

  • Key legal considerations to minimise your liability in waste management

  • Procedures for accurate and compliant waste characterisation and classification: laboratory perspective 

  • Managing waste with low-level, trace or “sporadic” asbestos contamination 

  • Case study: effectively applying DoWCoP to maximise reuse and sustainability in construction and development

  • Working towards a circular economy approach to reusing soil materials

  • Case study: effectively developing and using materials management plans 

  • Case Study: Landfill Remediation to Enable Redevelopment - Exploring the Opportunities and Constraints for Re-Using Waste Materials

  • Exploring practical, cost-effective and compliant strategies for managing TopSoil​












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What is a virtual conference?

Much like an in-person conference, a virtual conference is an online event that brings together top industry experts and industry peers. All content, presentations, and panel discussions can be viewed live from a desktop computer or mobile device. You will also be able to speak with peers using our virtual 'face-to-face' networking platform. All presentations will be available on-demand so you can watch them at a time that suits you. 


Network 'face-to-face' with other environmental and waste professionals, using our virtual networking platform.

Content on demand

Join live panel discussions, presentations and a variety of digital formats or watch at a more convenient time from our content hub to suit your needs. Engage with our speakers in live Q&A and polling to get insights and answers to your questions.

Sustainable event

In addition to being able to attend despite global travel restrictions, you can access all of the event content without travel and accommodation expenses and support an environmentally friendly event. 



Wednesday 2nd December


10:00 Welcome and Introduction from Environment Analyst

10.05 Opening Remarks from the Chair:


Mike Plimmer, Technical Director, Geotechnical and Environmental Associates (GEA)


10:10 Detailing Key Legal Considerations to Minimise Your Liability in Waste Management

  • Outlining the current legal and regulatory guidance relating to:

    • waste definition and classification – the consequences of incorrect classification

    • applying waste acceptance criteria (WAC)

    • environmental permitting for waste  

  • Examining the current landfill tax regime in England, Scotland and Wales and the associated risks of non-compliance

  • Assessing likely changes to waste legislation and regulation post-Brexit

  • Examining legal liabilities under the revised Duty of Care and how you can mitigate your risks, including reference to recycling practice

  • Identifying the legal barriers to achieving a circular economy and how they can be overcome


Dr Anna Willetts, Partner, Gunnercooke LLP


10:30 Working towards a Circular Economy Approach to Reusing Soil Materials

Can industry and regulators come up with a circular economy approach to re-usable soil materials - what would need to be considered? 

The generation of significant quantities of materials from construction projects, key infrastructure projects and dredging could be revisited beyond Brexit, in the context of a sustainable, circular economy approach. 

This presentation will consider how we can take the best ideas from UK projects and elsewhere and explore future options in a best practice, coordinated fashion.


Jonathan Atkinson, Technical Specialist Groundwater & Contaminated Land, Environment Agency


10:50 Q&A

11:05 Case Study: Effectively Applying DoWCoP to Maximise Reuse and Sustainability in Construction and Development

  • Planning and excavated materials reuse – how, when and who. Including how to use the IEMA guidance on materials and waste in EIA

  • How to get the best out of DoWCoP to maximise excavated materials reuse on site, including common mistakes

Liz Gray, Principal Environmental Consultant, Atkins


11:25 Exploring Practical, Cost-Effective & Compliant Strategies for Managing Surplus TopSoil

Topsoil and other useful materials excavated in the course of a development project, if surplus to the site’s requirements are regarded as a waste. This means that, despite the most cost-effective and environmentally-beneficial option often being to transfer these soils to another development site for re-use, as it is classed as waste, the producer must make sure they comply with the relevant 'Duty of Care' and authorisation requirements. 

This presentation will look at innovative uses for topsoil and other valuable soil resources, and their  effective management within current waste hierarchies.

Rebecca Bomers, Managing Director, Somerton Environmental


11:45 Q&A


11:50 Panel & Audience Discussion


It has been stated that the current approach to waste & re-use in line with WM3 and risk assessment guidance is unsustainable.  How could a more pragmatic approach be taken to allow more viable long-term re-use of materials?

Thursday 3rd December


10.00 Welcome Back from the Chair:

Mike Plimmer, Technical Director, Geotechnical and Environmental Associates (GEA)

10:05 Procedures for Accurate & Compliant Waste Characterisation & Classification: Laboratory Perspective 

  • Outlining the different waste analysis and testing procedures (it’s not just WAC):

    • solid waste analysis

    • leachate testing

  • Qualifying and classifying hazardous waste fines (trommel fines) to determine likely tax payable

Will Fardon, Senior Technical Manager, i2 Analytical

10:25 Dealing with Unexpected Waste from Incidents and Anomalies on Brownfield Redevelopment Sites


Despite best efforts, a thorough site investigation and detailed waste management plan, redevelopment of brownfield sites can often encounter unexpected incidents and anomalies. These include:

  • ingress of groundwater, contaminated water or surface water 

  • encountering anomalies such as underground tanks, pits or interceptors containing fuel or unidentified hazardous materials 


This presentation will discuss the process required to manage incidents and deal with the unexpected to allow work to continue on schedule. It will discuss the process of identifying, classifying, treating, and disposal of unexpected waste encountered on brownfield redevelopment sites quickly and compliantly, as well as how these anomalies can impact on waste permits and how to comply with the transport of dangerous goods regulations.


Bill Atkinson, Chief Scientific Advisor, Adler & Allan

Bryan Cherry, Environmental Risk Survey Manager, Adler & Allan 

Andy Garside, Group Technical Compliance Manager, Adler & Allan 

10:45 Q&A



10:55 Case Study: Effectively Developing & Using Materials Management Plans 

Hydrock’s Ian Gardner will give a practical overview on how a well-executed Materials Management Plan can inform the geotechnical earthworks design on a major development scheme. Reflecting insight from a number of recent schemes, Ian will outline how to design earthworks in line with current British Standards, in particular the importance of ensuring material is suitable for all intended purposes with respect to both its chemical and geotechnical properties.


Ian Gardner, Technical Director – Geotechnics and Earthworks, Hydrock




11:15 Case Study: Landfill Remediation to Enable Redevelopment - Exploring the Opportunities and Constraints for Re-Using Waste Materials

  • Exploring why, where and when landfills present a good redevelopment opportunity

  • Navigating the Regulatory framework affecting landfill remediation 

  • Examining the technical considerations, e.g. type of landfill, type and age of waste, hazardous waste implications, landfill gas risks, and processing technology

  • Project Case study - Emerson’s Green


Dr Duncan Scott, Technical Director, VertaseFLI

Abigail Brooks, Environmental Engineer, VertaseFLI

11:35 Q&A

12:30 Followed by Virtual Face-to-Face Networking using our Online Networking Platform

Continue the discussion and informally network with other attendees on our virtual face-to-face interactive networking platform

11:45 Followed by Virtual Face-to-Face Networking using our Online Networking Platform

Continue the discussion and informally network with other attendees on our virtual face-to-face interactive networking platform


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