Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition Features Over 40 Free Seminars

Whether you are looking for a waste-to-energy solution or want to find out what grants and funding might be available, the Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition (RWM 10) taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 14 to 16 September can help you to turn waste problems into resource opportunities.

Bigger than ever before, RWM 10 features more than 500 organisations exhibiting the latest technologies and recycling solutions. Entry is free and gives visitors access to over 40 seminar sessions offering invaluable legislative and financial advice and first-hand case studies of successful public and private sector projects.

The programme in the Local Authority Seminar Theatre (sponsored by Bywaters and SCA Recycling) will cover food waste collection, recycling solutions for flats and reveal how councils are tackling commercial and industrial waste. Speakers include James Cleverly, chairman of the London Waste & Recycling Board and Linda Chrichton, ROTATE manager for the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Case studies will include Islington Council’s food waste collection scheme for estates, schools and prisons.

In the Business Seminar Theatre (sponsored by Gateway to London, TEG and the Environment Exchange) a full day will be dedicated to carbon and cost reduction through minimising construction waste, with expert speakers from WRAP and Arup, and a panel debate on waste-to-energy plant construction led by Allan Wilen, economics director, Glenigan. Day Three (16 September) is designed for retailers with an insight into how packaging design and procurement can help to achieve zero waste without sacrificing profits and a presentation on Tesco’s energy from waste and renewables programmes.

Meanwhile energy from waste, wastewater reuse and carbon efficiency will be tackled in the Energy & Water Theatre (sponsored by Motherwell Bridge and Grundon Waste Management). The Environment Agency will outline the available energy from waste resources in the UK and the Renewable Fuels Agency will give an update on the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation and the Renewable Energy Directive. There will be a case study of Nottingham City Council’s waste to energy schemes.

Further advice on resource efficiency can be found in the free seminars running in the Waste Minimisation Zone (sponsored by Rubbermaid Commercial Products and SITA UK and in association with WRAP and the Environment Agency). On Day One (14 September) Dr Michael Warhurst, senior campaigner on resource use, Friends of the Earth will discuss incineration versus recycling and Steve Newton, materials recycling manager at WRAP will share new guidance for dealing with Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) plants. The programme also features innovative examples of how local authorities are reducing commercial and industrial waste to landfill.

To register to attend free of charge, complete the form on – you will get a unique reference number which you can use to collect your badge at the event.

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