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What to look at out for at this year's RWM exhibition

MRW brings you the latest news on RWM 2013 in partnership with CIWM, which opens from 10 to 12 September at the NEC, Birmingham. This week we focus on how the event can help those involved in WEEE, multi-retailer environments and social enterprises

With revised WEEE Regulations expected to come into force from 1 January 2014 and guidance notes published by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills at least 10 weeks before, WEEE is in the spotlight. BIS is currently analysing the responses to its consultation on implementing the recast WEEE directive and UK system changes.

At least three talks from more than 150 waste seminars will be solely dedicated to WEEE at the event, organised by i2i Events Group, with expert speakers on hand to share their knowledge. Mark Dempsey, European Waste Policy Advisor, Environmental Business Management Organisation at Hewlett Packard, will focus on how businesses can design and implement effective WEEE Take Back schemes.

Margaret Bates, professor in Environmental Science at the University of Northampton will take a detailed look at how the UK is performing in WEEE recycling rates compared to the EU. While the hot issue of illegal waste exports will be explored by Gary Griffiths, Chairman of the PAS 141Technical Advisory Committee.

A number of electrical focused waste organisations will be exhibiting at RWM in partnership with CIWM this year, including:

Recolight (Hall 19, stand 49) – running the UK’s specialist WEEE lamp compliance scheme – is a not for profit organisation which is active in lobbying the UK Government at UK and European level to ensure the WEEE directive is suitable for the lamp industry. With compliance scheme partners in virtually every European country, it can help ensure that companies are compliant across the board.

Overton Recycling (Hall 19, stand 50) - offers a one-stop solution for the disposal of WEEE, and consistently achieves recycling rates of above 95%. Services include national collections, documentation and environmental assessment notification and guaranteed secure disposal at its site in the Midlands.

Allcontrols (Hall 19, stand 21) - specialises in sorting and separation technologies within the recycling industry. It offers turn-key solutions for material separation and recovery for processes such as metals and polymer separation, recovery of PVC, PET bottle and bottle flake sorting.


Panel announced for shopping centre and airport debate

Major UK recycler SAICA Natur will host a panel debate on driving resource efficiency in multi-retailer environments. With a focus on shopping centres and airports, the debate will take place in the Commerce and Industry Theatre on 11 September at 11am. The panel will consist of Sam Goldsworthy, operations support co-ordinator for Bristol Airport, Neil Carter, centre manager of Whiteley Shopping Centre in Hampshire and Scott Lahive, manager of The Willow Brook Centre, with Charles Swainston, regional director SAICA Natur chairing the session.


The Social Enterprise Zone

The Social Enterprise Zone is one of five key zones at RWM in association with CIWM, which recognises the valuable role of third sector organisations and the services they provide in the waste management sector.

Participants include:

  • Scrapstores UK, which supports the reuse of resources for community benefit through the diversion of clean reusable scrap waste materials from businesses.
  • Community Resource Network, which works to solve London’s resource challenges sustainably, through community-based waste prevention, reuse and recycling.
  • REalliance, which supports and represents social and community enterprises working to use and manage resources sustainably.
  • Furniture Re-Use Network, which supports over 300 re-use charities, aims to relieve poverty and reduce waste by promoting the re-use of essential household furniture and electrical appliances.

To register for your free ticket and for more information about RWM 2013 in partnership with CIWM, in addition to the co-located Energy, Renewables and Water events, visit quoting priority code MRW4.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news and opinions about the exhibition by following @RWM_with_CIWM and using the Twitter hashtag #RWMwithCIWM.

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