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WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies, policies 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.

Qualifying 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, prime contractors, central government departments and environmental agencies.

Core themes range from collection vehicles logistics optimization, automated waste collection systems, smart bins and intelligent waste monitoring, analysing waste-related databases and new ways of aggregating, cleaning, visualising and sharing waste data, to connected asset management/using IoT to maintain assets, reuse and redistribution applications, innovative approaches to waste crime, digital waste tracking, sensor based sorting, robotics in recycling, AI based computer vision across the waste chain, smart waste compliance, mobile workforce management, ‘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). We also examine the behavioural insights provided by waste and recycling data in a Covid and post-Covid world and explore the planetary crises as catalysts for change, altering the dynamics of waste generation, accelerating the use of solutions that reduce the risk of transmission and motivating investment in new innovation.

Following highly acclaimed editions at Browns Courtrooms (Covent Garden) and The Gather (Leeds), WASTE MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2025 returns to London and will be hosted at Greencoat Place Conference Centre (Q1 2025 date TBC). 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 programmes, 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.

Our previous Waste Management Smart Classes have attracted senior delegates from stakeholders such as: 

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Bassetlaw District Council • Biffa City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Bruntwood Coventry City Council Craven District Council Cummins Ebbsfleet Development Corporation • City of Edinburgh Council Environment Agency (EA) • Environmental Services Association (ESA) • Eunomia Research & Consulting FCC Environmental • Royal Borough of Greenwich Hampshire County Council • Hull City Council Isle if Wight Council • Isle of Wight NHS • Islington Council • ISS Facility Services Kettering Borough Council • Leeds City Council London Borough of Hackney London Borough of Lambeth • London Climate Change Partnership • City of London Corporation The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) Marks & Spencer • Method Recycling Nestlé Waters North Yorkshire County Council Open Data Institute (ODI) Plan for Earth Resource London Ryedale District Council Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) South Holland District Council Southwark Council SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK SWRnewstar Thames Estuary Partnership • United Utilities • Veolia Wakefield Council West Lothian Council What a Load of Rubbish • Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) etc.

Previous presentations have addressed:

“Tendering and managing a smart waste collection and street cleansing contract” • “Making sense of waste management with sensors” • “Putting a deposit return scheme in your pocket with blockchain” • “Innovative ways to understand, tackle and reduce waste crime” “Transforming food waste to opportunity using digital technology and processes” • “Increasing recycling, reducing fly-tipping and encouraging community engagement through a crowdsourced peer-to-peer solution” • “Improving recycling in flats – insights from data to drive innovation” • “Making the most of optimisation and disruption to drive efficiencies in waste management” • “Using technology to enable passive compliance to improve duty of care” • “Leeds bins mobile app case study” • “Data sharing for smarter waste management” • “Invest to grow, fast-track to digital – transforming the waste collection industry with e-commerce, IoT and advance data analytics, supplier portals and digital exchanges of information” • “What’s smart today will be the norm tomorrow” etc.

Testimonials and feedback:

“This was my second Waste Management Smart Class and I found it as interesting and valuable as the first. It was another excellent event showing the high levels of innovation, across the UK and beyond, that are being developed to ensure that waste is managed sustainably across the sectors. I would recommend to all involved in innovation within the waste industry”
Technical Team Unit Manager, Life Smart Waste Project, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

“Great way of learning new ideas and will hopefully implement. All of the presentations and roundtables had relevant aspects for our business areas…just the right mix. Keep up the good work!”
Business Performance and Transport Group Manager, City of London Corporation

“It was a brilliant day today, thank you for such an engaging and interesting event. With such enjoyable presentations I could have listened all day and all of the roundtables were thought provoking and informative. I am looking forward to attending future Smart Classes too”
Project Manager, Utilities and Infrastructure, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation; and Chair of Kent & Medway Construction Guild

“Timely and relevant to current priorities, excellent time spent! Will certainly keep my eye on future Smart Classes”
Head of Waste and Environmental Services, Ryedale District Council

“This was a great event!”
Waste Service Operations Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

“Really interesting agenda”
Senior Project Officer, Hampshire County Council

“Great day”
Waste and Recycling Officer, Isle of Wight Council

“All the expert presentations and roundtables were interesting and I will be feeding back”
Senior Contract Officer, Environmental Services, London Borough of Lambeth

“Excellent session – Thank you!”
Waste Business Officer – Leeds City Council

“Enjoyed all the roundtables”
Environmental Services Manager & Head of Waste Management, Facilities, Grounds and Street Services, South Holland District Council

“Thank you for a very interesting session yesterday”
Technology and Change Business Partner, Yorkshire County Council

“Thanks for organising. It was a really interesting morning”
Head of Digital, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK

“An excellent event with useful presentations from industry innovators”

“An excellent format. Everything covered today and at your event in Leeds was of interest. Some very good presentations and, as always, a good networking opportunity”
Business Consultant, What a Load of Rubbish

“Great concept, will definitely be looking at future events and suggesting to colleagues”
Environmental Analyst, Cummins

“Excellent set up! Keep it up!”
Chair, Thames Estuary Partnership; Partner, London Climate Change Partnership; and Founder & CEO, Plan for Earth

“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)

“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)

“Fantastic Event!”
Head of Product and Marketing, IntechnologyWiFi (Innovation Sponsor)

“The event was very well executed”
CTO & Co-Founder, CryptoCycle (Innovation Sponsor)

“It was a very good event and hopefully the first of many Smart Classes for Tiptapp”
London Launch Manager, Tiptapp (Innovation Sponsor)

“Big congratulations to all involved in organising this Waste Management Smart Class. We were delighted to be able to share our insights and experiences of ‘Transforming Waste to Opportunity’”
COO, FoodCloud (Innovation Sponsor)


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
  • 9:30 am - 10:40 am Expert Presentations
  • 10:40 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speaker 2
  • 11:00 am - 12:40 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
  • 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker 3
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Close and Networking and Lunch Networking

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