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RWM exhibition: Waste is the place

There are lots of useful free seminars, industry experts, and hundreds of exhibitors on hand at this year’s RWM exhibition. NCE picks out the highlights.

While the construction industry grabbles with the grimmest economic downturn for decades, the waste management sector is booming.

The much delayed multi-billion pound Manchester Waste PFI deal is finally underway, and it seems to have acted as a trigger for many smaller schemes to also get going. Waste the industry everyone is jockeying to get involved in.

So get involved. This year’s Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition, taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 15 to 17 September, has attracted around 500 exhibitors. The impressive speaker line up in the three free seminar theatres includes representative from the likes of Asda, Wates, Lloyds TSB, Miller Homes, Marks & Spencer, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), government advisor on waste Peter Jones OBE and the Environment Agency.

Cutting costs, improving efficiency, staying ahead of the competition and remaining sustainable in a difficult economy are emerging as prominent themes in the free seminar programme and on the exhibition stands.

Visitors will be able to see companies and organisations operating in all parts of the supply chain. The exhibition will also feature, for the first time, a new Korean Pavilion and a visitor lounge sponsored by JCB.

Visitors will be able to see companies and organisations operating in all parts of the supply chain from suppliers of bins, recyclers of a wide range of materials including paper and plastics to environmental consultants and waste management companies. The exhibition will also feature, for the first time, a new Korean Pavilion and a visitor lounge sponsored by JCB.

Event manager Gerry Sherwood says: “Now more than ever, it is important to stay up to date with legislative change and new technologies. Making efficiencies can save you money - and breaking the law can prove very costly - so no organisation or business can afford to be complacent.

“RWM is designed to bring together the very latest thinking and best practice. Anyone who produces waste or manages resources should take advantage of this opportunity to be informed and inspired by registering now to attend RWM in September.”

New for 2009 − Energy & Water Seminars

The Energy and Water Seminar Theatre has been introduced for the increasing number of RWM visitors who have responsibility for energy and water resources in addition to their waste and recycling role.

The programme for the opening day on 15 September features a keynote address from waste guru Peter Jones OBE on using waste as a fossil carbon substitute and a session on water conservation and reuse, led by Envirowise. Vanessa Fandrich, senior climate and environments policy advisor for EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, will be advising on the business benefits of sustainable resource management and Julian Walker-Palin, Asda’s head of corporate policy for sustainability and ethics will explain how resource efficiency can help to lower prices in a recession.

The programme for the opening day on 15 September features a keynote address from waste guru Peter Jones OBE.

The second day (16 September) is devoted entirely to the topic of waste-to-energy. National Non-Foods Crop Centre (NNFCC) polymers and materials manager Dr John Williams, will explain how renewables fit in the energy-from-waste debate.

There will also be fascinating presentations on powering the future through food featuring a Sainsbury’s case study, and a chance to get to grips with the renewable obligation order. The final day’s sessions on climate change and sustainability will include a presentation from Simon Houghton-Dodd, head of quality and sustainability for Tate & Lyle Sugars Europe.

Construction and Retail Waste Case Studies − Business Seminar Theatre

Any business which generates waste should be able to find a session relevant to them in the Business Seminar Theatre (sponsored by Lloyds TSB), with themed days for construction and retail.

On day one (15 September) Lloyds TSB senior economist Hann-Ju Ho will offer an insight into the potential UK and global economic recovery, while Chemicals Industries Association deputy chief executive Dr Diana Montgomery and two experts from REACHReady (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) will share invaluable legislative advice.

Packaging and selecting a waste partner are some of the key topics under discussion from an expert speaker line-up.

National Community Wood Recycling Project director Richard Mehmed kicks off the construction seminar programme on 16 September with some solutions for wood waste. Miller Homes divisional development director Stephen Wielebski will give a developer’s perspective on construction waste and the issues with recycling, and WRAP’s programme manager for materials recycling, Mike Falconer Hall will examine the roles each part of the construction supply chain can play in meeting government targets to halve construction waste to landfill by 2012. There will also be waste minimisation case studies from Wates supply chain manager Paul Elliott and Edmund McGee, operations manager for BuilderScrap.com.

The third day features a programme designed for retail visitors. Packaging and selecting a waste partner are some of the key topics under discussion from an expert speaker line-up which includes British Retail Consortium head of environment Bob Gordon, Marks & Spencer head of facilities management Mandy Keepax, Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN) director Jane Bickerstaffe, and WRAP organics technical specialist, Dr Nina Sweet.

Local Authority Seminars: From Finance to Facebook

The programme for the Local Authority Seminar Theatre, supported by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee and Bywaters, also offers themed days, each featuring real council case studies.

Day One on 15 September will cover planning, finance and procurement. A PFI success story will be shared by Northumberland County Council head of waste management Paul Jones; West Sussex County Council head of wastes management Philip Russell, will talk about alternative funding mechanisms and Bernard Warr, head of waste management at Cambridgeshire County Council will lead a session on the planning process. Waste management academic Dr Adam Read will suggest some new procurement approaches.

The programme features Pelican PR managing director Michael Bennett who will provide an overview of online tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and advise how councils can use social media to engage with residents and customers.

Day two on 16 September will look at hazardous waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment with a speaker line-up which includes Viridor Waste Management national recycling manager Bill Griffiths, Environment Agency national technical advisor on hazardous waste Bob McIntyre, WRAP programme manager for sustainable products Gerrard Fisher and Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum (NuLeAF) executive director Fred Barker.

Food waste and collaborative working will be explored on the final day of RWM (17 September) with Somerset Waste Partnership managing director Steve Read, who will examine the full potential of composting. The programme also features BREW Centre for Local Authorities projects co-ordinator Helen Bird who will talk about how local authorities can help local businesses access recycling facilities and Pelican PR managing director Michael Bennett who will provide an overview of online tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and advise how councils can use social media to engage with residents and customers.

Live Recycling

Ten recycling stations equipped with bins kindly supplied by Straight and SSI Schaefer will enable visitors and exhibitors to segregate their paper, plastic bottles and general waste throughout the show (including the build up and break down periods). Straight will also be providing the NEC catering outlets with Kerbside Caddies, designed for the collection of food waste.

Dry waste collected will be taken to Mil-tek for baling and the food waste to Tidy Planet, formerly known as Accelerated Compost, the new home of the Rocket composter.

Korean Pavilion

More than 20 manufacturers will feature in the new Korean Pavilion, showcasing a comprehensive array of recycling and waste management products.

Innovations on show for the first time in the UK will include mobile waste bins, sludge and waste carbonation systems, recycled PVC fencing, biomass energy, wood pellet boilers, carbon fibre heaters, recycled rubber road mats, dead battery regenerators, incinerators, solar energy systems, fuel-saving enzymatic additives, vortex generating filtration systems and food waste dehydrating disposal units.

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