South Branch AGM and Question Time waste debate, Portsmouth

6 October, 2016 | 17:00 - 20:00

Waste being sorted at land fill site
Waste being sorted at land fill site

About this event

Waste – an endless issue on the planet. In the UK, over 200M tonnes of waste is generated every year. Of this amount, household waste currently contributes approximately 15%, whilst a further 50% of the total consists of waste from the construction industry. The current recycling rate for household waste is 44.9%, below the EU target of 50% for the UK by 2020. Over 80% of the construction waste is recycled which helps to reduce the pressure on the landfills.

With limited land for waste disposal and the strict planning restrictions, in what positive ways can the local authorities and waste operators deal with this issue further before resorting to landfills?

There will be a panel comprising of:-

  • Vic Jennings – Senior Environment Officer- Waste, Environment Agency Solent and South Downs Area
    Vic is a member of the EPR Waste team for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and has been involved in regulating permitted waste sites in one form or another for the past 16 years. Part of Vic’s role is to ensure the team assess operators’ compliance with their permits in a consistent and proportionate way, focusing our efforts on the highest risks and poorest performers. We currently have 346 permitted sites that we regulate in the Area which also includes Sussex.
  • Chris Noble – Head of Integra, Hampshire County Council
    Chris has a strong background in local authority waste policy and strategic planning. He is Head of Project Integra, a partnership working to provide an integrated approach to the collection, treatment and disposal of municipal waste across 14 local authorities in Hampshire.
  • Andy McQueen – Integra North ERF, Veolia.
    Andy has been setting fire to stuff for electricity generation for over forty years. As a key part of Veolia's vision of 'Resourcing the World', he currently leads the team at the energy recovery facility at Chineham, near Basingstoke, where 100,000t/year of non-recyclable household waste generates sufficient electricity for 10,000 homes.

The guest speakers will be invited to make a statement of their opinions on constraints and opportunities (legislations, land, environmental impact, value for money, resources, technological developments etc.) from the government and operators’ perspectives. This will then be followed by questions from the audience.

Although questions from the floor on the evening will be very welcome, we would also appreciate questions beforehand to be able to concentrate on themes that are important to the audience. (These questions will not be revealed to the participants before the event, but they will be informed of any themes that emerge)

If you would like to submit a question beforehand please send it by email to Edwin Yau,

Event materials

The following materials are available for download: