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Separate food waste collections: how to design to maximise reduction, capture and the quality of outputs?

Chair: Jonas Hed, Head of Waste, Stockholm Municipality
Ian Pickles, Head of Sales, Biogen
Andrew Bird, Newcastle-under-Lyme Council tbc
Marco Ricci, CIC, Milan tbc
Robert Vaughan, Head of Recycling, Defra
David Newman, MD, BBIA

11:00 – 12: 45

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The UK has committed to mandatory food waste collections in line with EU’s Circular Economy Package and the government has said anaerobic digestion is its preferred method of treatment. This workshop considers the best systems approaches to separate food waste collections.

Making the economics of sending food waste to anaerobic digestion stack up for UK local authorities

Speakers tbc

13:30 – 14: 30

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Local authorities have a variety of treatment options open to them, and will always be driven to the lowest cost option. The energy benefits of sending food waste to AD rather than IVC do not accrue to them but to the UK as a whole. How to factor this into the equation? As new biogas plants come online to treat the food waste coming out of the system supported by new financial incentives, what impact will this have on gate fees?   This panel looks at the latest thinking on making the economic case for developing a waste strategy centred around anaerobic digestion stack up for all local authorities.

TEEP: How will the UK regulate separate food waste collections

Roberto Ferigno, Lumina Consult
Environment Agency 

14:45 – 15: 45

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Statutory guidance for separate food waste collections is set to be reformed, to significantly reduce the ability of local authorities to opt out on the basis that they are not ‘technically, environmentally or economically practicable’. This panel considers what the future regulatory system should look like and what it means for the anaerobic digestion industry.

Food Companies: Decarbonising heat and power generation through anaerobic digestion  

Andrew Griffiths, Nestle
Emma Lindkvist,
Dept of Ensys, LiU tbc
Dr Nigel Davies,
Manufacturing & Sustainability Director, Muntons tbc
Chas McEwan,
Glenmorangie tbc

16:00 – 17: 00

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Huge gains can be made by using waste from the food industry for biogas production, no matter whether the biogas is used in vehicles or to produce electricity and heat.

That is the conclusion of an in-depth study of the food industry. This panel will consider the report and share their practical experience of employing anaerobic digestion to cut costs and green their business.


Current status and perspectives on co-digestion and biosolids

Chair: Graham Southall, Group Commercial Director, Northumbrian Water
Alison Ferguson, Principal Analytics, Ofwat
Matt Davis, Technical Advisor Soil Protection, Environment Agency
Neil Liddell-Young, Renewable Energy Manager, Severn Trent tbc
Simon Black, Biosolids Assurance Scheme
Steve Bungay,
owner & Director of Helix ECL
Alec Kimble, Technical Director Bioresources & Data Science, Aqua Consulting

10:45 – 11: 45

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The water industry is investigating the potential for co-digestion of food waste with sewage sludge but there are major hurdles to overcome to make it work, not least the mixed messages from Ofwat and the environment agency, which opposes spreading the resultant biosolids to land. This panel considers the regulatory framework and, drawing on the experience of Europe and America, asks what is best for the UK?

The role for waste water in the circular bio-economy

Garry Strange, Bioresource and Energy Strategy Manager, Thames Water

David Tompkins, Aqua Enviro

Steve Bungay, Owner & Director, Helix ECL

12:00 – 13:00

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Between 50 and 100% of lost waste resources are contained in wastewater. Therefore, major drivers, including not only economic and environmental but also industrial, are pushing to recover and regain all these substances. This panel will consider the new technologies that will allow the recovery of valuable materials from the anaerobic digestion of sewage.

New circular business models for city food waste collections

Jamie Pitcairn Director, Scotland, Ricardo Energy & Environment

Rachel Espinosa, Director, Food Waste To Energy, BHESCo

13:15 – 14:15

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From food waste to community energy projects to anaerobic digesters being in-built into new developments, new models are emerging for integrating waste and energy systems. This panel looks at the latest developments.      

Separate food waste recycling for business

Peter Jones, Eunomia
Dean Pearce, Business Development Manager, Newstar

Alison McKinnie, Zero Waste Scotland
Andrew Cooper,
Leeds Business Improvement District tbc
The Sustainable Restaurant Association tbc

14:30 – 15:30

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This panel considers best business practice to encourage the collection of food waste from small to medium sized enterprises, public sector organisations and larger business premises.

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