Waste Management 2020


Virtual Conference | 2-3 December

About the event

About the virtual conference


This virtual conference will provide you with practical solutions to a variety of brownfield and contaminated land waste management issues, such as landfill development, leaching contaminated material, dealing with asbestos in construction waste, and more...

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.

What topics will be discussed?

  • Regulatory update on waste guidance and DoWCoP v.3 

  • 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

  • Case study: effectively developing and using materials management plans 

  • Landfill mining: exploring its potential for managing and re-using waste and reclaiming landfills for development  

  • 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 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


10:25 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

  • Quantifying the minimum / optimum number of samples required 

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



10:45 Q&A

11:00 Case Study: Effectively Applying DoWCoP to Maximise Reuse and Sustainability in Construction and Development


11:20 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


11:40 Panel & Audience Discussion


It has been stated that the current approach to asbestos 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?    

12:15 Closing Remarks

Thursday 3rd December


10:00 Welcome Back

10:05 Managing Waste with Low-Level, Trace or “Sporadic” Asbestos Contamination 

  • Techniques for dealing with material with minor asbestos contamination:

    • segregation of materials and avoiding cross contamination

    • processing and remedial techniques for asbestos fibres in soil

    • waste reduction and the costs of disposal

  • Ensuring accurate asbestos waste classification – hazardous, non-hazardous, or inert and the implications of this for disposal and landfill tax compliance

  • Examining the technical and legal implications of re-using material with minor asbestos-contamination: 

    • what material can be re-used on site, where – recognising differing views of Regulator, EHO, consultant / contractor

    • understanding the longer-term risks of re-use & how it should be monitored over time

10:25 Case study: Effectively Developing & Using Materials Management Plans 

Effectively applying current best practice approaches to waste management and materials movement on remediation projects


10:45 Q&A



11:00 Landfill Mining: Exploring its Potential for Managing and Re-Using Waste and Reclaiming Landfills for Development  

  • Clarifying the Regulatory position on material in historic landfills and how it should be dealt with

  • Assessing the factors affecting likely development of landfill mining in the UK: exploring why, where and when landfill mining might be considered

  • 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



11:20 Exploring Practical, Cost-Effective & Compliant Strategies for Managing TopSoil


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