Major Waste Management Conference for Devon
07 October 2010
Around a hundred people attended a well supported conference in Tiverton on Friday 1st October on the ‘Future of Waste Management in Devon’. The event was organised by the Devon Towns Forum and partners including the Devon Conservation Forum and was generously supported by Viridor plc and Devon County Council. With three major themes including Energy from Waste, the need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plus opportunities for Community Involvement there was plenty of food for thought and some excellent presentations too!
Welcomed by Cllr. Bob Buxton of the Devon Towns Forum the conference was expertly chaired by Cllr. Roger Croad of Devon County Council as the member with portfolio responsibility for waste services, with Cllr. Paul Diviani, Chairman of the Devon Waste Reduction Committee chairing the afternoon session.
Conference guest of honour Neil Parish MP stressed the importance of everyone doing their bit to reduce waste and support recycling. This was followed by Ben Jennings County Waste Manager who gave an erudite presentation on the facts behind modern methods of gaining much needed Energy from Waste. Liz Poulter Senior Waste Manager for Devon County Council enthused and encouraged everyone to get passionate about recycling showing the award winning and highly amusing ‘Don’t let Devon go to Waste’ television advertisements.
The community perspective was provided by excellent presentations from Richard Gomme and Nicky Scott of the Devon Compost and Recycling Network and Jacqui Hodgson who gave a Transition Towns approach to waste. Tessa Taylor Regional Communications Manager for Viridor focused on how ‘Energy from Waste’ can be complementary to recycling rates. Delegates were able to discuss these topics at length in discussion workshops and to pose questions before being invited to offer views that will be used to inform the government’s current Waste Strategy Review. Copies of the presentations and photographs of the event will soon be available at www.devontownsforum.org.uk . Summing up; Cllr’s Roger Croad and Paul Diviani jointly thanked everyone for their contributions towards making the conference an interesting, informative and enjoyable day.