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West Midlands Public Sector Sustainability & Energy Network – Waste Management Workshop 14/6/16


14 June 2016


9:00 – 14:00 including lunch 14:00 – optional site visit


Severn Trent Centre

, 2 St. John’s Street, Coventry, CV1 2LZ


Sustainability West Midlands


This event is for members of our Public Sector Sustainability & Energy Network. Other applications will be considered. Please contact us to discuss your registration.

The event


In a low carbon system waste is minimised, is managed to comply with legislation, and recycling or composting are optimised. The costs associated with waste services are significant and generally reduced as a result of efficiency measures. This workshop will provide delegates with:

  • Information about the carbon impacts associated with waste management
  • Strategies for implementing solutions to minimise waste production and costs
  • Examples of good practice
  • Details of tools and support available
  • An opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals from the sector

Speakers include:

  • Chris Mills: WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme)
  • Andrew Walster: Coventry City Council
  • Neil Liddell-Young and Farryad Ishaq: Severn Trent
  • Sallie Ryan: Social Enterprise West Midlands
  • Dr. Hugh Bulson: Organic Resource Agency
  • Daniel O’Connor: Warp It
  • Kerry Moore: Warwickshire County Council
Site visit

After a networking lunch there will an opportunity for a limited number of delegates to visit Severn Trent’s state of the art  food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) recycling centre at Coleshill. The visit will provide attendees with a valuable and informative insight into a sustainable and cost effective solution to food waste recycling. Severn Trent Coleshill is a 2.4MW food waste AD plant located on the outskirts of Birmingham adjacent to Severn Trent Water’s Coleshill sewage treatment works. The plant was opened in February 2015 and processes just under 50,000 tonnes of food waste per year. This generates renewable energy to operate the sewage treatment works site as well as exporting surplus electricity to the grid, in total the equivalent of powering 4500 homes for a whole year. Severn Trent owns and operates 35 digestion facilities within their region including the 3.3MW Stoke Bardolph crop digester in Nottingham as well as the new Minworth Biomethane gas-to-grid plant which became operational in 2014. After the success of the Coleshill food waste plant, Severn Trent are building a second food waste facility in Stourbridge also in the West Midlands and have plans to build another facility in the East Midlands to enable coverage across the Midlands With AD and biomethane, as well as renewable assets within wind, hydro and solar, Severn Trent currently generates one third of its total energy consumption from renewable sources. Innovation Zone We will also have an Innovation Zone including key organisations that can support the public sector with solutions to waste management. Confirmed exhibitors include:

  1. Engie
  2. Organic Resource Agency
  3. Severn Trent
  4. Vegware

If you would like to exhibit at the event please contact us on 0121 237 5890 or enquiries@swm.org.uk.

Booking and further information

This event is free to attend. Please register online. To take part in the site visit to the food waste AD facility, please register here. Contact us on 0121 237 5890 or enquiries@swm.org.uk for more information.


The draft agenda for the workshop is available here.  

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