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Adam Read

Adam Read


Director of External Affairs at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery

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Adam Read is the Director of External Affairs at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery. Adam has specialized in waste management policy development, strategic decision-making, behaviour change, procurement and training for the last 19 years, first as a municipal waste management officer, then as a University based researcher, and for the last 12 years as a consultant working globally on waste services and strategies.

Adam has a PhD in waste management decision-making from Kingston University, has an honours degree in Geography from Exeter University, and was awarded an honorary professorship from Northampton University in 2002 for his contribution to waste management research and communications.

Adam has worked with the waste and water sectors on technology options, feedstock assessments, and end market supplies, including market reviews of macerator technologies.

Adam has spoken widely at practical waste management conferences across the globe, including recent high profile events in Dubai, Washington, Sardinia, Cape Town and Sydney. He has also given key note addresses at ISWA, AWMA and Australia’s Zero Waste Conferences. He has authored over 300 articles, 50 in peer review journals, and has delivered in excess of 150 conference presentations in the last decade.


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June 14, 2022 from our Video Panels With as much as 80% of the population in developing countries without regular and effective waste collection, what hope is there for a truly global sustainable waste management solution?Read More

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February 24, 2022 from our Video Panels This webinar looks at the role of the sector in embedding activities as part of and above the day to day which create community benefits, training opportunities, local economic improvements while moving towards a more circular and carbon-efficient economy.Read More

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February 17, 2022 from our Video Panels How effective have carbon tools and targets been in changing service design and performance? Read More

November 1, 2021 from our Video Panels This webinar explores a range of issues in the run-up to COP26, focusing on how the critical role of the resources & waste sector has been overlooked in the planning for the global carbon event.Read More

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September 1, 2021 from our Video Panels What do the UK policy reforms mean for consumers, customers and those working in waste & resource management?Read More

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September 1, 2021 from our Video Panels This panel considers what skills are needed in the resources and waste sector to meet the challenges of the circular economy and decarbonisation.Read More

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February 26, 2021 from our Video Panels Have we established new norms owing to the lessons learned from COVID-19? Will refill, loop, and other packaging formats take hold in our supermarkets?Read More

Behaviour Change and Recycling Contamination
July 20, 2020 from our Video Panels This webinar discussed common contaminants in recycling collections (suburbia, high-rise and rural), and reflect on campaigns and programmes that have attempted to limit contamination.Read More

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July 20, 2020 from our Articles, bWW Essays Adam Read reflects on the webinar on behavioural change and recycling contamination which he moderated. Read More

Adam Read Interviews David Palmer-Jones
June 12, 2020 from our Video Panels Adam Read talks to David about his life in the waste sector, and the evolution of waste management in UK, and his new role across Europe.Read More

Design for Reuse/ Repair
April 6, 2020 from our Video Panels In this webinar, our panel of experts discuss some of the new examples of repair and reuse that are gaining traction both in the US and across Europe.Read More

Facing up to Climate Crisis: What are We Doing About It?
March 2, 2020 from our Video Panels Moving from the UN Sustainable Development Goals to local ‘climate crisis’ talks, it’s time to stand up and make a change.Read More

Chemical Recycling 101 with Adam Read
February 3, 2020 from our Video Panels The focus on chemical recycling has intensified in the recent past. But, what is chemical recycling and how does the process differ from recovery and mechanical recycling?Read More

October 22, 2019 from our Video Panels We discuss changes over the last 2 years, following the closure of Chinese markets for plastics, and increasing concerns about paper and plastics in other South East Asian markets. Read More

Marine Plastic Pollution – Sources, Forces and Courses of Action
July 24, 2019 from our Video Panels This expert panel reflects on the arrival of plastics in the marine environment, consider how we got here and most importantly what we can do.Read More

Reflections on Sustainable Resource Management in Developing Economies
April 24, 2019 from our Video Panels Novel approaches to ensure waste management in poorer countries is sustainable.Read More

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April 1, 2015 from our Surveys Please take the 2015 Global Waste Survey to tell us what you want to know or discuss about waste in 2015.Read More

March 5, 2015 from our Blog Inaccessible Expertise

In 2013, I was at World Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to attend a forum on waste management. That day, in a single room, I was surrounded by so many world class experts that I felt I was ... Read More

May 22, 2014 from our Articles, The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste For climate change mitigation, food waste disposers are better than composting, waste-to-energy and landfilling. Their wider adoption calls for integrated decision making encompassing solid waste management and wastewater.Read More

April 21, 2014 from our The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels Watch Prof. Adam Read, Dr. Tim Evans and Michael Keleman discuss the relevance and sustainability of food waste disposal units.Read More