UK Malaysia Joint Workshop on Improving Waste Management and Recycling – POSTPONED



We are sorry to say that the event has been postponed to January 2020. We hope for your continued support and interest to participate in the future event, and will update with more details closer to the time. 





Roughly two thirds of plastic waste in the UK is exported overseas for recycling. 105,000 tonnes of it was exported to Malaysia alone between 2017 and 2018. There are opportunities for improving future value recovery by collaborating on waste traceability, advanced separation and specialist re-processing, according to the type and volume of waste, to minimise landfill and reduce environmental impact.

The purpose of this workshop will be to identify opportunities for collaboration to address UK and Malaysian waste management challenges. The workshop aims to support technology transfer collaborations, based on strengths and assets within the UK and Malaysia; support better international uptake of emergent research and technologies from the UK and Malaysia; and develop links with industry partners of mutual interest and potential.

Speakers from the Center for waste Management at University of Malaysia will set out challenge statements and current policy directions in Malaysia. The current UK landscape and state-of-art in municipal waste recovery will be presented, along with emerging technologies and commercial capabilities.

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UK – Malaysia Joint Workshop on Improving Waste Management and Recycling


1 10.30 – 11.00 Reception and registration


2 11.00 – 11.10 Welcome address


Prof Simon Pollard Pro-Vice Chancellor, School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University
3 Landscape


11.10 – 11.40 Challenge statements and policy directions – University of Malaya Center for Research in Waste Management Dr Fauziah Binti Shahul Hamid

Head of Center

Prof Agamuthu A/L Pariatamby, Founder and President of Malaysian Society of Waste Management and Environment

11.40 – 11.50 UK landscape

Programmes, funding and agency support

Dr Sally Beken, Knowledge Exchange Manager – Polymers, InnovateUK


11.50 – 12.10 International engagement Mr Stephen Bates, Director Environmental Communications Consultants Ltd

Mr Richard Carey-Evans, Export Growth Trade Advisor, Department for International Trade

12.10 – 12.30 Municipal Waste Management Current Practices – Case Study Speaker to be confirmed, Amey – Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch and Networking
4 Perspectives


13.15 – 13.25 Understanding impacts of waste and environmental challenges


Dr Ruben Sakrabani, Senior Lecturer in Soil Chemistry, University of Cranfield




5 What is needed to facilitate effective waste management
13.25 – 13.35 Live data platforms for mapping the generation, movement and fate of waste Mr Michael Groves, Founder and CEO, Topolytics (Winner Circular Economy 2030 Challenge, 2019)
13.35 – 13.45 Real-time waste analysis Dr Stuart Wagland, Senior Lecturer In Energy and Environmental Chemistry, University of Cranfield
13.45 – 13.55 Waste separation Speaker to be confirmed
6 Technology solutions
13.55 – 14.05 Resource recovery


Dr Ewan McAdam, Reader in Process Engineering, University of Cranfield
14.05 – 14.15 Hazardous waste site remediation


Prof Frederic Coulon, Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology, University of Cranfield
14.15 – 14.35 Energy from waste Prof Patricia Thornley, Director European Bioenergy Research Institute, University of Aston
14.35 – 14.50 Recycling waste plastic back into oil Prof Gary Leeke, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, (Technical Advisory Panel, Recycling Technologies)
14.50 – 15.05 Coal-like fuel from wet biomass and wastes, hydrothemal carbonisation (HTC) Prof Colin Snape, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham, with Energy Research Accelerator and CPL Industries
15.05 – 15.15 Recycling plastic aluminium laminates


Speaker to be confirmed
15.15- 15.30 Food waste processing Speakers to be confirmed
15.30-15.40 Composting / Insect farming Speaker to be confirmed



6 15.40 – 16.00 Panel discussion – Questions and Answers