The Fourth National Waste Summit


28th & 29th November 2006, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin

Now that the waste plans are in place - in accordance with national and European policy - it is time to implement them. The National Waste Summit 2006 will examine the key issues and challenges to be faced in delivering Ireland's much needed waste management infrastructure and services.

The Waste Summit will examine how the planning and legal processes can be more effective in the delivery of key waste infrastructure. The financing and building of waste infrastructure will also be considered - including lessons that can be learnt from other EU member states. In addition, regulation of the waste management sector will also be covered - some months ago, the government initiated a public consultation on its future regulation.

Topics at Waste 2006 include -

  • Benchmarking Ireland's waste performance
  • Developments in our waste management policies and future challenges in implementing waste policy
  • The future regulation of the waste management sector
  • How will Ireland achieve its targets under the EU Landfill Directive?
  • Legal Process – the impact of The Planning & Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006 & unforeseen problems with the Waste Management Act 1996
  • Spatial planning and waste management plans
  • Financing and building key infrastructure - plus lessons we can learn from Europe
  • Changing behaviour - progress on waste prevention, hazardous waste and C&D; waste
  • Developing markets for recyclables
  • The future - implications of the Waste Framework Directive
  • Case studies from home and abroad.

Who should attend

This conference has been researched and designed for senior level executives and policy and decision-makers involved in the provision of waste management services in the private and public sector including -

Managing directors/chief executives
Environmental officers
Public sector managers/technical officers
Environmental engineers
Health and safety engineers
Construction industry managers



"The Sunday Business Post National Waste Summit is now deemed to be the leading waste management conference in Ireland today. It continues to provide a much-needed forum for policy and decision-makers" - Judith Hally, Head of Corporate Affairs, Greenstar

"All good and very informative & interesting" - Paul Devaney, Offaly County Council

"The National Waste Summit has provided a much-needed platform for constructive and insightful discussion and has, in a short space of time, established itself as a key date in the waste calendar" - Larry O'Toole, Operations Director - Waste & Energy, RPS Group

"The National Waste Summit provides a one-stop-shop for policy-makers, regulators, operators and other stakeholders to network and discuss the issues that matter in waste management today" - Erik O'Donovan, Director, Irish Waste Management Association.



  • The Environmental Protection Agency
  • Irish Waste Management Association
  • Indaver Ireland
  • Bank of Ireland Finance
  • Repak Ltd
  • TES Consulting Engineers
  • RPS Group
  • Greenstar
  • AIB Corporate Banking
  • White Young Green Environmental Services
  • Waterford County Council
  • William Fry Solicitors
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Dublin County Council
  • Monaghan County Council
  • Longford County Council
  • Limerick County Council
  • Wexford County Council
  • Bord na Móna
  • A&L; Goodbody
  • ESB
  • McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors
  • Cork County Council
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • North Western Health Board
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • PwC
  • Donegal County Council
  • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • SLR Consulting Ltd
  • An Bord Pleanála
  • BDO Simpson Xavier
  • Bowen Group
  • KPMG
  • Super Drug Ltd
  • Construction Industry Federation
  • IIB Bank
  • Offaly County Council
  • Westmeath County Council
  • North Tipperary County Council
  • Wicklow County Council
  • Ulster Bank
  • Adelaide & Meath Hospital
  • St James's Hospital
  • Siemens Ireland
  • Cedar Resources
  • South Dublin County Council
  • Golder Associates
  • IAWS
  • Irish Blood Transfusion Service
  • Arthur Cox
  • Galway County Council
  • NTR
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Tetra Pak
  • Competition Authority
  • Forfás
  • Ascon
  • Thorntons Recyling
  • Donegal Creameries plc



Michael Layde, Principal Officer, Waste Infrastructure & Regulation, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government
Michael Layde is the Principal Officer in the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with responsibility for waste infrastructure and regulation. He is particularly focused on issues surrounding waste management planning, infrastructure delivery and the regulation of the waste management sector. His area of responsibility also encompasses national policy on dealing with illegal waste activity.

Henrik Wejdling, Technical Manager, Danish Waste Management Association
Henrik Wejdling holds an MSc in technological and socio-economic planning and has over 20 years of experience in the waste industry in Denmark.

He has been waste manager in various municipalities and has worked with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Henrik is currently Technical Manager with the Danish Waste Management Association.
He specialises in the areas of biodegradable waste, hazardous waste, incineration of waste and resource efficiency.

Andrew Street, Director, SLR Consulting, UK
Andrew Street has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental consultant.

He joined SLR in 1996 - a multi-disciplinary consultancy providing worldwide environmental sciences and engineering expertise from a network of offices in Britain and the US.

Andrew's particular areas of expertise include waste management strategy, waste management planning and policy, waste minimisation, waste facility development and design and waste services and infrastructure procurement.

He has experience of working on projects throughout Britain and has also worked extensively overseas. He has been retained as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and various departments of the British government and has acted as an expert witness at numerous waste-related public inquiries. He has worked on a range of projects for the government, the public sector and private sector clients.

Bairbre de Brún, MEP and substitute member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee
Bairbre de Brún is a member of the European Parliament, where she sits on the Regional Development Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.
On the environment committee, Bairbre is the shadow rapporteur for her group on the EU Thematic Strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste and on the proposed changes to the Waste Framework Directive.
Her previous campaigning includes work on public health and the environment, biodiversity and the need for involvement of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in policy formation and implementation. Prior to election to the European Parliament, Bairbre was the Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Belfast and was Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety until the Assembly was suspended in 2002.





Tuesday 28th November & Wednesday 29th November


8:00 Registration and Breakfast

8:50 Chairman's opening remarks
James Lidierth, Director, Corporate Banking, Ulster Bank


9:00 Opening Address: Benchmarking Ireland's waste management performance
Martin Cronin, Chief Executive, Forfás

  • Ireland's performance across a number of key indicators such as waste generation, waste costs, waste capacity and treatment options
  • The challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve Ireland's competitiveness in meeting the waste management needs of the enterprise base.

9:30 Developments in Ireland's waste management policies
PJ Rudden, Group Director Environment, RPS Group


  • Evolution of National & Regional Waste Policy (1996-2006)
  • Political, social & environmental imperative of the first generation of Regional Waste Plans 2001-2006
  • National waste performance
  • Impact of switch from political to executive adoption of regional plans
  • Advances in the second generation of regional waste plans (2006-2010)
  • Future challenges in waste policy implementation.


10:05 MORNING KEYNOTE: Future regulation of waste management in Ireland.
An overview of current issues in Irish waste management & the implications for future regulation
Michael Layde, Principal Officer
Waste Infrastructure & Regulation
Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government

10:40 Better regulation versus more regulation in the waste sector – a private sector perspective

Erik O'Donovan, Director, Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA)
The challenges to delivering a sustainable, competitive and environmentally sound waste management system from the Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA), an affiliate of IBEC and the recognised representative body of private waste management operators in Ireland.


11:10 Morning break


11:40 Out of sight, out of mind – waste enforcement and final destinations
Sonia Dean MSc, Waste Management Services, Dublin City Council
This presentation considers the problem of transfrontier shipments (TFS) enforcement, which is now a huge problem facing Irish industry. All our recyclables are exported, some illegally. If these shipments are detected, they are sent back to Ireland.

  • Export of waste from Ireland
  • Green list, recyclable waste and the problems incurred
  • What is an illegal shipment?
  • Relevant legislation.



12:10 Excess landfill – how will it impact on implementing the EU Landfill Directive?
Jackie Keaney, Irish Vice-President, Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP)
Ireland has double the landfill capacity needed for the disposal of municipal waste. This is impacting on the development of alternative infrastructure and the implementation of waste policy. Our speaker explores the policy drivers needed for the diversion of waste from landfill to higher waste management technologies.

Discussion and Q&A;


12:50 LUNCH
Sponsored by


2:20 Welcome back from afternoon chair
Steve Cowman
Chief Executive

Dick Roche TD
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government


2:45 Impacts of the Planning & Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006
Oonagh Buckley, Principal Officer, Planning Section, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

  • The main content of the act
  • Its genesis
  • The main views expressed by stakeholders & the Oireachtas
  • The anticipated impacts of the legislation.

3:15 Spatial Planning & Waste Management Plans
Hendrik van der Kamp, President, Irish Planning Institute
Local authorities are required to make waste management plans for their areas.

However, the delivery of key infrastructure happens through the spatial planning system, which is based on a survey of individual planning decisions, waste management plans (WMPs) and spatial planning.


3:45 Afternoon break


4:10 Unforeseen problems with the Waste Management Act 1996
Michael O’Donnell, Barrister at Law & Lecturer, School of Spatial Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology
Recent developments in Irish and European law have highlighted some unforeseen problems that may arise in applying the provision of the Waste Management Act 1996. In particular, recent case law has identified several problems that can occur when seeking the remedies for the unauthorised waste activities provided by the Act.
Our speaker considers these unforeseen problems and some that will need resolution in the future.

4:40 LOCKNOTE ADDRESS: Integrated Spatial Planning – The Danish Solution
Henrik Wejdling, Technical Manager, Danish Waste Management Association (DAKOFA)
The Danish approach to planning has led to the delivery of significant waste infrastructure, which means that Denmark has already met its targets under the EU Landfill Directive. Hear how it has been possible for this infrastructure to be developed in a small country like Denmark where every spot is somebody's backyard.


5:10 – 6pm Drinks reception



8:00 Registration and Breakfast

8:50 Welcome from morning chair
Jim Kells, Chairman, Irish Waste Management Association


9:00 Waste Management – the Financing Perspective
Olaf Fitzsimmons, Associate Director Corporate Banking, Ulster Bank

  • Key Financing Issues within the Waste Sector
  • Economic / Demographic
  • Regulation
  • Technology
  • Consolidation / acquisition activity
  • Successfully funding acquisition & investment activity.

9:30 Improving delivery and implementation of waste Infrastructure
Leighton Greenland, Technical Director PPPs, RPS Group

  • The role of PPPs in delivering waste infrastructure
  • The advantages of the integrated approach in terms of private-public partnership (bio/thermal/landfill)
  • Optimum risk allocation between public and private
  • Need for client flexibility to achieve value for money (VFM).

10:00 Private sector perspective on delivering waste infrastructure in Ireland
Steve Cowman, Chief Executive, Greenstar

  • Deficit of world class infrastructure driving high costs
  • Technology selection process
  • Funding requirements - scale and bankability
  • Compliance with EU directives driving investment
  • The way forward.


10:30 Morning break


10:50 Financing our waste infrastructure
Michael Flynn, Director, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte

  • Involvement of private sector (PPPs)
  • International Experience - what we can learn
  • Innovative structures.

11:15 MORNING KEYNOTE: Delivering key waste management infrastructure: lessons learned from Europe
Andy Street, Director, SLR Consulting, UK
A series of case studies from 10 EU member states (including Ireland) - how they compare and contrast in their delivery of key waste management infrastructure.

Our speaker discusses how cultural aspects, planning systems, finance/ownership and policy mechanisms affect the implementation process.



12:00 Progress on the National Waste Prevention Programme
Gerry Byrne, Programme Manager (Office of Licensing & Guidance), EPA (Enviromental Protection Agency)

  • Origins of the programme
  • Prevention projects
  • Measuring progress: National Waste Reports
  • Producer responsibility and waste prevention
  • National Hazardous Waste Management Plan and associated directives.

12:25 The road to self-sufficiency and the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan
Brendan Keane, Managing Director, Cedar Resource Management

  • Delivering new infrastructure to meet Irish needs
  • Market developments
  • Planning for future needs.

12:45 New best practice guidelines on the preparation of waste management plans for construction and demolition projects
Sean Hegarty, Chairman, NCDWC (National Construction & Demolition Waste Council)

  • Background and purpose of guidelines
  • How the guidelines will be applied in practice.


12:50 LUNCH
Sponsored by


2:15 Welcome back from afternoon chair
Sean Finlay
Tobin Consulting Engineers


2:20 The Waste & Resources Action Programme: increasing resource efficiency
Dr Ian Garner, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Northern Ireland Manager

Experiences from Britain in developing markets for recyclable materials

  • Recycling and resource efficiency: Waste & Resources Action Programmes (WRAPs) in Britain
  • The recycling market development landscape in Britain
  • British experiences in market development
  • Moving forward:
    - present goals for recycling and resource efficiency
    - opportunities for cross-border cooperation in developing markets.

2:50 Supporting market development in Ireland
Fred McDarby, Senior Environmental Consultant, Enterprise Ireland and Secretary, Market Development Group

  • Current status of market for recyclables
  • Role of the Market Development Group
  • The Market Development Programme
  • All-Island Dimension.

3:15 Case study: TechRec
Gerry Killen, Managing Director, TechRec Ireland

  • Background to formation of TechRec
  • Technology agreement with Immark AG of Switzerland, one of Europe's leading E Scrap Processors
  • Commissioning of the plant
  • TechRec Northern Ireland
  • An All-Ireland solution for the treatment of WEEE.

3:35 Afternoon break


3:50 Rolling out the brown bin: the opportunities and challenges
Dr Andrew Walsh, Managing Director, Celtic Composting Systems

  • Irish experience to date
  • Separate collection issues
  • Technology experiences and options
  • Compost outlets.


4:15 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Implications of proposed Waste Framework Directive for public & private waste operators
Bairbre de Brún, Member of European Parliament and substitute member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee

  • Future plans, clear definitions and effective implementation of targets
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Moving towards the top of the waste hierarchy – the importance of waste prevention and minimisation
  • Targets and measures in working towards the vision of a "European Recycling Society"
  • Waste infrastructure and markets for recyclables
  • Related strategies on the use of resources, sustainable development and product policy.


5:00 Conference Close



Ulster Bank is a major force in business and corporate banking in Ireland. As a member of the RBS group - one of the world's largest banks - Ulster Bank can deliver world-class solutions at a local level. Its comprehensive network of 272 branches and 32 Business Centres nationwide offers a wide range of business banking solutions to meet the requirements of all customers.

As a leading funder of the waste management sector, Ulster Bank has both the expertise and the experience to help businesses grow. In fact, it's because of the focus on the delivery of smart banking solutions and packages for businesses at every level, that Ulster Bank has just been awarded the KPMG Business Banking Excellence Award 2006.

RPS Group is a leading Irish consultancy in planning, transportation, engineering, energy and environmental matters - with almost 40 years experience of providing environmentally sustainable solutions to the public and private sectors.

RPS Group work in partnership with all stakeholders on individual studies and projects. They are authors of most of Ireland's regional waste management plans and advise government, local authorities and the private sector on waste prevention, minimisation, recycling, energy recovery and residual disposal.

RPS is also a global energy company with offices in Ireland, Britain, the Netherlands, US, Canada and Australia. They have been at the forefront of the Irish energy business for over 20 years and are, currently, retained on a number of major infrastructural projects, including the South-North Gas Pipeline. RPS Group also assist Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) on many renewable studies and operate one of its advice hotlines on building efficiency.

Greenstar is Ireland's leading provider of integrated waste management solutions - providing services and infrastructure at each level of the waste management hierarchy.

Greenstar's business development spans a range of services that includes education, research, composting, recycling and the development of facilities for the safe disposal of waste that cannot be reused, recycled or recovered. Placing more emphasis on the hierarchy is the key to Ireland's success in waste management. Greenstar's contribution is to work in partnership with its customers, employees, industry and public sector to deliver the change necessary to meet EU legislative requirements in a legal and professional manner.

Greenstar intends to play a significant role in the future development and provision of Ireland's new waste management infrastructure and has an expert team of staff with experience in recycling and recovery, biological treatment, residual landfill management, engineering, environmental impact assessment, business development and communications. With this knowledge, Greenstar sets the standard.



Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) - which is affiliated to the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC - - is the national representative body for the legitimate waste management industry in Ireland.

The IWMA is a member of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental services (FEAD, Membership consists of a broad spectrum of companies involved in collection, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal of various hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams from urban and rural areas and providing waste management solutions for both the public and private sector.

The Association aims to improve standards and promote the development of the waste management sector as a recognised, professional and well-regulated industry.




You can promote your business face-to-face with waste industry decision-makers attending this event.

For details, contact:
Marion Wallace
Tel: 087-2461662
[email protected]


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