Waste Training Services Ltd


Consultancy work undertaken by Waste Training Services now incorporates that formerly undertaken by Ken Westlake at Westlake Associates.

Ken has more than 30 years experience as a waste management consultant, where the work undertaken has included:

  • Landfill gas and leachate management and advice;
  • Contaminated land studies;
  • Design and implementation of Environmental Management Systems;
  • Acquisition audits;
  • Duty of Care audits;
  • Expert Witness;
  • Resource Efficiency (especially as an advisor to the Envirowise and EMDA (IYRE) programmes;
  • International waste ‘Masterplan’ development; and
  • National and international healthcare wastes management
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Dr Ken Westlake is a Director of Waste Training Services and is an authoritative, dynamic and engaging trainer with a wealth of training and consulting experience. He has 30+ years experience of waste management consultancy and training and this enables Ken to provide well-informed and comprehensive training and advice. Ken has undertaken work in many overseas countries (Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America and the Middle East), as well as within the UK. Both his training and consultancy activities are set within an international - as well as national context. Recent hazardous waste training in Angola and Ghana, for example, were delivered according to national controls but also recognised international and generic sustainable waste management influences. With a past focus on landfill gas control and landfill risk management, he now also provides advice on alternative waste management options and related infrastructure and control requirements. He has a very good understanding of the latest EU and UK legislation, policy and practice relating to the management of wastes. As well as acting as an expert witness on waste regulatory matters Ken also provides/ has provided a wide range of training courses to clients that include the Environment Agency, The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Environmental Agency of Gibraltar and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management as well as MANY private waste contractors and waste producers within the UK as well as overseas.

Dr Ken Westlake MPhil PhD MCIWM Cenv


Ken began his career as a microbial biochemist, but has since worked for 30 years in waste management consultancy and training, undertaking work in a number of overseas countries including Angola, Holland, Nigeria, Oman, Tanzania, Uruguay and the USA, as well as the UK. Consultancy work within the UK focuses on hazardous wastes management and the provision of advice and support on permitting and other waste legal-compliance issues. Work overseas typically supports the sustainable and cost-efficient collection and disposal of wastes. He has managed, and otherwise been involved in research and consultancy activities for The World Bank, the EU, the UK Department for International Development (DfID) The British Council, The Environment Agency and the former Departments of Energy and Environment. As a lecturer at Loughborough University (1992 – 1996) he tutored the post-graduate diploma in hazardous waste management and a number of short-course training programmes. He has delivered waste management and legislation training to more than 3500 individuals and this has included, since its formation in 1996, bespoke training to The Environment Agency of England and Wales, as well as courses for The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, CIWM, Safetykleen, Unichem plc, Celtic Recycling Ltd, Augean, NISP, The Environment Council, and many others.


Ken has worked as a consultant in the UK, Ethiopia, Gibraltar, Holland, India, Ireland, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Uruguay and the USA. This work has included acquisition audits in Holland, a study of options for the management of hazardous waste training infrastructure in India (World Bank); Sustainable wastes management in Ethiopia (DFID); Drafting of waste management legislation and waste masterplan development (Oman); Wastes management as a driver for governance reform in Nigeria (DFID) and municipal waste composting in Uruguay (BESO).

As an independent consultant, Ken has submitted more than 30 permit applications/ variations on behalf of a wide range of clients, including Celtic Recycling LtdTranswasteXPO Supply Chain UK Airbag Disposal and O’Connor Utilities Ltd. All such applications have been successfully determined by the Regulator. These have ranged from applications to undertake low-risk waste activities to bespoke ‘Waste Operation’ permits and Schedule 1 (Installation) permit applications.

This work has included the generation of supporting generic risk assessments and comprehensive Fire Prevention Plans, to detailed odour risk assessments for the management of biological waste biofilters.

For the last 21 years and since becoming an independent consultant in 2000, Ken’s work has had a strong focus on legal compliance.

The work undertaken has varied from expert witness duties (link to below) and compliance audits (link to below), to representing clients to waste regulators on issues ranging from contested CAR (Compliance Assessment Report) scores to interpretation of legislation and legal definitions. Following legal actions by regulators, he has also worked with clients to help them develop and implement systems for legal compliance and effective control over wastes of all types.

He has worked with regulators in drafting guidance and has provided input to a wide range of waste legal consultations.

He is a contributor to Lexis Nexis on a wide range of waste legal summaries, definitions/ interpretations and guidance.

Ken has undertaken a wide range of audits, from those in support of duty of care compliance (e.g. Daimler Chrysler, Mobil North Sea, and Nottinghamshire County Council) to audits in support of acquisitions and EMSs. He has undertaken audits of healthcare wastes for a number of NHS trusts within the UK in support of legal compliance and cost-efficient management of infectious and other wastes.

Ken has worked as an expert witness in recent cases involving duty of care, hazardous wastes, transfrontier waste shipments and environmental permitting considerations. In each case his work has helped to achieve a successful outcome.

This work has involved the reading and assessment of very large amounts of court documents and subsequent preparation of an expert witness report/ proof of evidence.

Westlake. K (2016) ‘Managing Higher Risk Activities’ in 'Developments in Environmental Regulation - Risk based regulation in the UK and Europe.', Foreman, J. (Ed). Palgrave Studies in Environmental Policy and Regulation.

Whiteman, A, Barratt, L and Westlake K (2006) Solid waste management as a catalyst for governance reform: Micro-licensing for private sector participation in Nigeria. CWG-WASH workshop 2006, Kolkata, Indai.

Ali, M., Cotton, A and Westlake K (1999) Down to earth: Solid waste disposal for low-income countries. 

Westlake, K. (1997) Sustainable Landfill - Possibility or Pipedream. Waste Management and Research. 15, 453 - 461

Bardos, R.P. Forsythe, S. and Westlake, K. (1996) The co-treatment of municipal and industrial wastes in “The science of composting: Part 2” (de Bertoldi, M., Sequi, P., Lemmes,B. and Papi, T. eds.), Blackie Academic and Professional, pp768-783

Westlake, K. (1996) An introduction to, and implementation of landfill tax. Global Environmental Services Technical Seminar. Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, 6 August; Four Seasons Hotel, Altrincham, 7 August; Donington Thistle Hotel, Derby, 8 August.

Westlake, K. (1995) Landfill Waste Pollution and Control. Albion Publishing. 160pp. ISBN: 1-898563-08-X Westlake, K. (1995) Landfill in "Issues in Environmental Science", Vol 3 (Hester, R.E. and Harrison, R.M. eds.). Royal Soc. Chem. pp43-67.

Westlake,K, Kerr, J.L.D. (1995) Best practicable environmental option: Legal and practical implications. Croner’s environmental case law special report. Issue 4, 

Forsythe S.J. and Westlake, K (1995) Landfill microbiology: Implications for waste management. Waste Management and Recycling International, 59-62. 

Westlake, K. and Petts, J.I. (1994) "Foreseeability: Implications for industry - The Waste Industry's perspective". Controlling Environmental pollution, Cafe Royal, London, June. Westlake, K. The role of the higher education institutions. (1994) Local Authority Waste and Environment 2, p7.

Westlake, K. and Archer, D.B. (1990) Fundamental Studies on Cellulose Degradation in landfills. Department of Energy. Contractor Report ETSU B 1228. 

Westlake, K. (1989) Cellulolytic bacteria in Sanitary Landfill. Landfill Microbiology: R & D Workshop (Lawson, P. Alston, Y.R. eds) Harwell Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK, pp.20-34.

Westlake, K., Mackie, R.I. and Dutton, M.F. (1987) "Effects of several mycotoxins on the specific growth rate of Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens and toxin degradation in vitro". Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 53, pp.613-614.

Abraham, L.D., Westlake, K., Mackie, R.I., and Baecker, A.A.W. (1987) "Anaerobic bacteria in mining timber". Proc. Electron Microsc. Soc. South Africa, 19, pp.91-92.

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