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Seaside showtime

For its second year running, the Plant & Waste Recycling Show (PAWRS) will be taking place on the site of the former CIWM show in Paignton, Devon. According to show organiser Richard Hunt, the number of exhibitor stands booked for this year is 30% up on 2009 and includes some big names such as Wilcox, BMI, City West Mercedes, Geesink Norba, Isuzu Trucks, Liebherr and May Gurney.

While PAWRS takes place the week before CIWM’s Futuresource exhibition this year, Hunt says the two shows are quite distinct. PAWRS is pitching to be a more regional show, aimed at the local authority sector, that harks back to the original Paignton waste and recycling show where networking was done “over a pie and a pint”.

“It’s fair to say that at one time Paignton was the biggest show in Europe, and I do remember at one time there was a five-year waiting list to exhibit. We are looking to go back to the old school, of having a fun networking environment,” Hunt says. The show will once again run in conjunction with the South West Recycling Forum Conference.

PAWRS says it is committed to “getting visitors for exhibitors”, and has had visitors register from Germany, France, Ireland and Canada. “Providing the weather is nice, I think everyone will have a great time,” he says.

New for this year
The PAWR Awards and the National Skip Hire and Waste Transfer Station Awards will be launched at the show to encourage the skip and waste transfer station section of the industry to recycle more.

Hunt says that a significant amount of waste from this part of the industry ends up in landfill and the sector has largely been ignored. “They need to be encouraged to do more recycling because they are not getting any assistance from central Government. This will help encourage waste transfer stations to get better equipment and recycle more waste,” Hunt says.

  • PAWRS will take place in Paignton, Torbay, on June 8-10. Visit

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