3rd - 4th JULY 2019 | NEC, BIRMINGHAM, UK | Register now

A meeting on waste recycling for local councils, investors, anaerobic digestion plant operators and stakeholders

An invite-only side-event at the World Biogas Expo
Please note: you can only attend this side-event if you already received an official “Local Authorities Lunch” confirmation ticket


Wednesday, 29th March
Venue: NEC Birmingham

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After nearly two years of uncertainty, local authorities across the country are eagerly anticipating the release of the pivotal consistency guidance from Defra, including details of the associated ‘burdens’ funding, allocated to allow the introduction of separate food waste collections. At the top of the food waste treatment hierarchy, AD is the government’s preferred treatment option for this waste stream.

This year’s Local Authority Lunch being staged at the World Biogas Expo on 29th March will explore how local authorities can capitalise on this opportunity to align waste and energy streams. Speakers will include local authority leaders from both ends of the waste management spectrum – including one local authority with an established food waste collection service which delivered fiscal savings, and another which is currently trialing food waste collections.

A spokesman from Defra is expected to speak, alongside a behaviour change expert who has mobilised a community to demand an AD solution.

Preliminary Agenda

Lunch and Networking


  • Chris Huhne, Chair, ADBA

The AD Opportunity – National Food Waste Recycling Provider

  • Darren Forster, Local Authority and Commercial Development Manager, Biogen

Piloting food waste collections – overcoming challenges 

  • John Bright, Waste Services Development Officer, North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Lily Walker, Recycle More Officer, North West Leicestershire District Council

Cleaning up – the positive returns on investment from separate food waste collections

  • Donna Cox, Waste and Recycling Manager, Bracknell Forest Council

Behaviour change — experience from developing Circular Malton & Norton

  • Sue Jefferson, Co-founder and Director, Circular Malton & Norton

The important role of ADCS — Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme

  • Nick Johnn, Director, Aardvark Certification Ltd

Defra’s Guidelines for Food Waste Collections 

  • Beth Gordon, Consistency Delivery Team Leader, Defra



Event Closes

The guest list is now closed. Contact robert.zlokower(at)adbioresources.org if you have not yet received your personal confirmation.

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