What’s preventing us from preventing waste?
Consumerism was promoted after the war to encourage economic recovery and growth as the country was rebuilt. This mentality, while essential at the time, has since become the norm - with disposable, mass produced products from the global markets offering convenience at accessible price points. Now, many years later, our planet is showing the effects of our prolonged consumption with news of flooding, wild fires and wars over scarce resources spreading across the globe. But how can we as a sector face this challenge head on, and help to reduce the impact humans are having on our planet?
Products that are no longer required ultimately become the responsibility of the waste and resources sector, where they are collected and processed at the end of their useful life. While the sector has delivered significant changes to its processes over the last 20 years, becoming more sustainable and environmentally conscious as we recycle more, the volumes of waste requiring treatment continue to rise.
In this webinar, our expert panel will discuss the obstacles and challenges faced by our sector in our ultimate mission to support our customers in reducing waste production. Through examination of the upper echelons of the waste hierarchy, a range of opportunities to support our mission will be explored with a mix of real-life success stories and live new programmes of intervention being shared by our peers, our customers and our wider networks throughout the resources value chain. The human, environmental and financial elements will also be considered, whilst the potential impact of incoming policy reforms (and what additional reforms might be needed) will be openly debated.
This 60-minute webinar offers attendees the opportunity to understand the implications that our current behaviours will have on our planet’s future, consider a number of possible interventions and opportunities to minimise waste production, and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered through our interactive Q&A session, with live polls and chat.
Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Dr Adam Read, External Affairs Director for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
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