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Get up to speed on waste and resource efficiency at RWM 2012

22 August 2012

Facilities managers will find answers to all of today’s waste and resource efficiency challenges at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 11th-13th September.

From waste prevention to environmental compliance, and from food waste solutions to furniture re-use, the show will bring around 700 companies and over 100 expert speakers together, providing solutions, advice and good practice guidance.

The event will bring together exhibitors involved in all aspects of waste and resource management, from the UK’s major waste contractors such as Biffa, SITA UK, Viridor and Cory Environmental, to materials reprocessors, waste treatment technology providers, vehicles, plant and equipment suppliers, and container and street furniture manufacturers, and software specialists. One of the latest to sign up is Helistrat, an award winning consultancy that works closely with clients including Marks & Spencer to provide sustainable, workable and cost effective strategies for recycling and waste disposal to minimise environmental impact and cost.

Two brand new features at this year’s show will also help visitors who are looking to better understand the environmental, economic and ethical benefits that can realised by segregating and recycling. Information and advice on a wide range of wastes – including paper, textiles, metal and plastics – can be found in the new Materials Village, which brings together all of the key materials organisations in one place. The Social Enterprise Zone, meanwhile, recognises the important role of third sector organisations and groups and the services they can provide, particularly in the re-use arena, and will provide visitors with an opportunity to forge useful partnerships.

The 2012 event will also provide the largest programme of free content available, with over 100 CPD-accredited seminar sessions led by expert speakers across six seminar theatres. The speaker line-up in the Leader’s Theatre highlights the growing importance of resources and waste on the political agenda, with a number of key ministers and politicians taking the platform. On day one, the importance of diverting food waste from landfill will be one of the key messages from former Environment Secretary John Gummer, now Lord Deben, who chairs a new Visionary Panel on food waste. Shadow Waste Minister Gavin Shuker MP will be giving a keynote speech on day two looking at how government can support industry in tackling the major waste challenges it faces.

Offering more tailored content to cater for different audiences, the Local Authority, Commerce & Industry, Energy from Waste and Technology & Innovation theatres will provide a platform for a host of experts speakers and case studies, including a look at how Moy Park, one of Europe's leading food companies, worked with waste contractor Biffa to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill from 85% to just 15%. Other speakers include:
? Mandy Keepax, Head of Waste for M&S, and Bernard Amos, CEO of Helistrat, on how M&S has achieved auditable 'zero waste to landfill' ahead of schedule;
? Katherine Symonds, Head of Sustainable Olympic Games for Coca Cola on how the company has used London 2012 to drive sustainability deeper into its business;
? John Dyson, Food & Technical Affairs adviser for the British Hospitality Association, on what hotels and restaurants can do to reduce waste, where are the greatest areas of impact and is self-regulation the best route to progress;
? Stephane Arditi, Senior Policy Officer Products & Waste for the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) on how ecodesign should form part of legislation on packaging and product design, and producer responsibility for end of life costs in Europe;
? Paul Levett, independent industry expert, on what the UK waste landscape will look like in five years’ time;
? Mike Walters, Recycling and Waste Operations Manager for the John Lewis Partnership on Waitrose’s progress on reducing waste, diverting from landfill and generating energy from waste; and
? Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association, on how anaerobic digestion is delivering new opportunities for food and organic waste streams.

With free one-to-one advice on legal and other business-critical issues in the Professional Services Clinic, and other features including an Energy from Waste Trail, Speed Networking sessions and guided technical tours, the show will provide a valuable one-stop-shop for all of today’s waste and resource management challenges.

And for professionals with a wider sustainability remit, RWM in partnership with CIWM will once again be co-located with the Energy Event and a new Renewables Event focused on onsite energy generation, reflecting the increasing synergy between waste and the wider energy agenda.

Visit the exhibition website ( ) for further information, free registration and information about RWM Connect, a new networking and knowledge sharing hub for all those involved in the event.

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