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WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices can help increase the efficiency of waste collection, separation and disposal, and facilitate the transition of the UK waste market to a circular economy.

Delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers and planners from UK waste collection authorities (WCAs), waste disposal authorities (WDAs), private waste contractors, local authorities (city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils)/combined authorities and their waste management & recycling partners, retailers, health services, building and estate services, transport operations (and other major industry generators of waste), utilities and renewable energy providers, reuse and waste prevention organisations, central government departments and environmental agencies.

Core themes range from collection vehicles logistics optimization, automated waste collection systems, smart bins, analysing waste-related databases and new ways of aggregating, cleaning, visualising and sharing waste data, to connected asset management/using IoT to maintain assets before they breakdown, reuse and redistribution applications, innovative approaches to waste crime, waste tracking, smart waste compliance, ‘designing out waste’ in construction, waste-to-energy, applying blockchain technology to waste management, and new business models (e.g. digital sharing platforms, product as a service, sustainability as a service).

Following a highly acclaimed 2018 edition in Leeds, WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2019 will be hosted in London on July 10th. Delegates will hear from industry movers, shapers and disruptors during initial rapid-fire thought leadership presentations, before moving on to in-depth consultations with experts and peers during the roundtable discussions. Once again, this Smart Class will also feature up to 3 keynote presentations giving real world insight into collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies in managing waste. This half day in-person event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying our registration criteria.

Testimonials and feedback from WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2018:

“This was my first Smart Class event and I was very impressed by both the organisation and the content of the presentations” – Technical Team Unit Manager, Life Smart Waste Project, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) • “Well done on a super job and a refreshing format for the event. It was a pleasure to be involved, hear and discuss some great presentations” – Software Business Development Manager, Yotta (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thanks for organising. It was a really interesting morning” – Head of Digital, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK • “Excellent session – Thank you!” – Waste Business Officer – Leeds City Council • “Thankyou for a very interesting session yesterday” – Technology and Change Business Partner, Yorkshire County Council • “This was a great event!” – Waste Service Operations Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council • “Very interesting topic discussions” – Waste Strategy Support Officer, West Lothian Council • “Wednesday was fantastic, we had a great time and met some great people!” – Founder & CEO, Dsposal (Innovation Sponsor) • “It has been a pleasure participating in the Waste Management Smart Class, and I would like to thank you for the efforts you put into the event, which was very interesting and insightful” – OpenDataSoft (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great event last week. Thankyou for organising and sharing the presentations” – Business Consultant, What a Load of Rubbish • “Great concept, will definitely be looking at future events and suggesting to colleagues” – Environmental Analyst, Cummins


“Tendering and Managing a “Smart” Waste Collection and Street Cleansing Contract” – The City of London Corporation looks after the streets in the historic financial district of London which includes collecting waste from residential properties such as the Barbican estate and flats in old Churches as well as ensuring the medieval alleyways and frontages to some of the country’s most iconic skyscrapers are swept to the highest standards. In April 2019, Veolia ES were awarded the contract for street cleansing and waste collection for a period of up to 16 years. A key ambition for the contract was that it be data driven, innovative and flexible. This keynote will outline the associated challenges and demonstrate some of the data which the Client and Contractor have available to them and the benefits this can bring to the City going forward. Joe and Vince’s presentation will also highlight the use of zero emissions vehicles on the contract which will include the first fully electric fleet of RCVs in the country.

- Joe Kingston, Vince Dignam

“Making Sense of Waste Management with Sensors” – IntechnologyWiFi are working with both public and private sector organisations to make better sense of their waste management activities and deliver significant cost savings. This presentation explains how, through the deployment of sensor-based technology, organisations can immediately begin to gain a detailed and in-depth understanding of their assets. From understanding efficiencies in pick frequency to the number of deployed assets and their locations, Intechnology’s award-winning solution delivers operational efficiencies, reduces overheads and allows optimum performance.

- Rob Woollard

“Putting a Deposit Return Scheme in your Pocket with Blockchain” – CryptoCycle develops blockchain based solutions to incentivise behavioural changes in the circular economy. They are delivering change to the circular economy and wider supply chains with transparent and incorruptible solutions that engage consumers through mobile apps. In this presentation, CryptoCycle’s CTO & Co-Founder demonstrates how Reward4Waste is a perfect example of how blockchain technology can be used to drive meaningful and significant change to the global economy. This encrypted unique-code system for deposit return schemes is just the first of many possible applications.

- Tony McGurk

“Transforming Waste to Opportunity” – FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food to charities that need food using digital technology. This presentation reveals how FoodCloud’s processes and technology allow very short dated and small quantities of food to be redistributed effectively in local communities. This provides a new method of food rescue that can be adopted globally. To date, FoodCloud has supported the redistribution of over 50 million meals in the UK and Ireland.

- Emma Walsh

“Increasing Recycling, Reducing Fly-Tipping and Encouraging Community Engagement through a Peer-to-Peer Solution” – Tiptapp is a crowdsourced peer-to-peer marketplace app where users help each other to move things from one place to another. The app connects anyone in need of help with thousands of rated helpers, regular people with a car, time on their hands and who are ready to provide assistance. Launched in 2016 in Sweden, Tiptapp has saved in excess of 22,000 items from landfill and also saved the CO2 from more than 100,000 drives to recycling centres. This presentation highlights how Tiptapp is making recycling easier for the citizens of London and, through collaborations with councils, can increase the rate of recycling and reuse across society. Andreas will also outline how items disposed of via the app are being correctly recycled.

- Andreas Lanz

“Life SMART Waste – Innovative Ways to Understand, Tackle and Reduce Waste Crime” – The Life SMART Waste Project is an EU wide project which commenced in 2014 and is due for completion later this year. The Project was given a 4.3 million euro budget to design tools and techniques which, although piloted and tested within the UK were transferrable across Europe. The Project is led by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency with 3 other associated beneficiaries who are Natural Resources Wales, ACR+ (an international network of cities and regions who share an aim of promoting sustainable resource management based in Belgium) and the Brussels Environment. In this keynote presentation, Iain will focus on some of the innovative digital and data driven tools and techniques that are being developed and also update us on the afterlife plan around guidance, policy and training which will continue after the Project has ended. He’ll also outline some of the joint work SEPA are undertaking with Interpol in relation to China’s recent restrictions on plastics importation.

- Iain Brockie

“Improving Recycling in Flats – Insights to Drive Innovation” – One of the greatest obstacles to delivering effective household recycling services in dense urban environments such as London and achieving regional and national recycling targets, is the poor performance of communal recycling service provision to purpose-built flats. Resource London (a partnership between LWARB and WRAP) have undertaken a project to try and address this by conducting a huge data/insight gathering exercise using ethnographic research and estate inventories to ascertain why people living in flats do not engage with their recycling service. In this closing keynote, Antony will discuss how this data has been utilised to help design interventions to improve recycling at flats; and demonstrates the importance of monitoring and evaluation to improve services.

- Antony Buchan, Gemma Scott


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 9:20 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
  • 9:20 am - 10:20 am Expert Presentations
  • 10:20 am - 10:35 am Keynote Speaker 2
  • 10:35 am - 12:15 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
  • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Keynote Speaker 3
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Close, Networking and Buffet Lunch

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Supported by
City of London Corporation
LIFE SMART Waste project
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB)
Resource London
Environmental Services Association

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