Upcoming events

LARAC Conference and Celebration Awards 

11-12 October 2017 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

At this year’s conference, Steve Holgate, Director of Municipal Services at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, will be presenting with Gareth Bourton, Recycling and Waste Contracts Manager at East Devon District Council. They will be discussing the new three-weekly collection service that has been rolled out in East Devon, highlighting the key successes and challenges that were faced during the trial and rollout periods. SUEZ will also have an exhibition stand throughout the conference.

SUEZ will sponsor and present the Best New Idea award at the LARAC Celebration Awards, now in its seventh year. The inspirational evening recognises the hard work and achievements of local authority recycling officers, their teams and their partners.

To find out more about the conference, award categories and entry criteria, visit

The Big Green Event

12 October 2017 at Hilton Ageas Bowl Convention Centre, Southampton

This year, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK will be sponsoring The Big Green Event, which is now in its second year and is the largest event of its kind in the region. The exhibition aims to help organisations understand and meet the changing expectations of customers and staff, particularly with regards to energy and waste management, health and safety, general environmental management and corporate social awareness.

Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director at SUEZ, is one of the event’s keynote speakers, and will also be running a free workshop during the afternoon.

To find out more about the event and to register for your free place, visit


Upcoming webinars

Mind the Gap 2017-2030

Wednesday 04 October 2017, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Join this hour-long webinar and take part in a debate about the UK’s residual waste infrastructure. Hear from Jacob Hayler, Executive Director at the Environment Services Association, Adrian Judge, Director at Tolvik Consulting and Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director at SUEZ.

Stuart will talk you through SUEZ’s latest report, Mind the Gap 2017-2030, explaining why SUEZ decided to write the report and revise its previous forecasts. He will discuss why this is a regional and not just national issue, and why the research has been driven by economic factors. Stuart will also present the roles that landfill, refuse derived fuel and solid recovered fuel play in the waste management system, the future potential impacts of Brexit and overseas capacity concerns.

Jacob will discuss why it is important for industry and government to address the issues of infrastructure capacity. He will present what the ESA has seen in the way of agreement between various models created to forecast this issue, and why they are working with Tolvik Consulting. He will also give insight into what input the ESA hopes to get from the government.

Finally, Adrian will give an overview of the work he is doing with the ESA, explaining why feedstock is such an important issue to the investors that Tolvik advises. He will also explain how they work against existing policy and economics when looking at project risk for their investors.

Click here to download a copy of the Mind the Gap: 2017-2030 report ahead of the webinar.


Past webinars

Make it, take it – rethinking producer responsibility

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which the responsibility of producers for their products is extended to include the cost of waste management, including the environmental impact of waste disposal. In the UK, EPR is applied to waste packaging, discarded electrical and electronic goods, discarded batteries and end-of-life vehicles. Recently EPR was central to a debate on whether the UK should introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles.

In this webinar, Lee Marshall, Chief Executive Office at LARAC and Gev Eduljee, External Affairs Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, discuss the following themes:

  • Has EPR been an effective driver for better product design and reduced environmental impact from discards? What supporting policy measures should be introduced?
  • Is the present Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) scheme working optimally, and can it support higher recycling performance? If not, how should it be reformed?
  • How should EPR revenues be distributed? Are local authorities getting an equitable share of PRN revenues to properly fund waste collections?
  • What are the pros and cons of introducing a deposit return scheme for bottles? What international experience can we draw on?
  • Can EPR schemes work alongside kerbside collection of recyclables? What are the benefits and drawbacks?
  • Should EPR be extended to other consumer products?

A recording of the webinar is available to download here:

“What’s in it for me?”

How Bracknell Forest Council’s incentive scheme is helping engage more residents with their recycling

This webinar showcased the recycling incentive scheme that Bracknell Forest Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK are successfully running across the district. Claire Pike, Waste and Recycling Manager at Bracknell Forest Council, and Kim Shaw, Contract Manager for SUEZ, took participants through the scheme from the initial idea to the roll-out, and beyond. They gave insight into how the incentive scheme is being utilised by a variety of council departments, the costs of implementing such a scheme, and the benefits it can bring to an authority.

A recording of the webinar is available to download here:

Transforming municipal collection services through the use of vehicle data systems

Watch this webinar and gain insight into how the on-board digital data system, CORE, has removed the burden of paperwork, made a significant time and cost saving and improved the productivity of the municipal collection crews at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

One of SUEZ’s municipal customers, Rochford District Council, has the third best recycling rate in England. Hear from Lesley Athey, their Principle Street Scene Officer and find out how CORE has improved service delivery to residents, made the audit process more robust and ultimately reduced costs.

A recording of the webinar is available to download here:

‘Tis the Season to Recycle!

Engaging your residents to increase recycling participation and minimise contamination

During this highly practical webinar you will learn how to reach your audiences more efficiently, especially during the busy festive season. Learn how effective communication campaigns can influence the decisions residents make about what to do with their waste and what communications channels you can use to reach them.

Sarah Ottaway, National Recycling Manager at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, will guide you through the importance of data, such as participation and contamination reports, a crucial factor in building a representative picture of what is happening on the ground. From there, a more targeted and effective communications plan can be implemented, using all available channels to deliver the right messages to the right audiences.

Becky Davies, Recycling Development Officer at Warwick District Council, shared case studies, as well as examples of tools and tactics currently being used to achieve successful campaign results at a low cost.

You can download a recording of the webinar here:

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