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Welcome to this year's show

Environmental experts from the public and private sectors are lined up to speak in more than 40 free seminars at this year’s Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (NEC, Birmingham from 14 to 16 September 2010). With over 500 exhibiting companies, three seminar theatres and a new Waste Minimisation Zone sponsored by Rubbermaid Commercial Products and Sita UK and in association with WRAP and the Environment Agency, RWM 10 will show you how to cut costs, improve efficiency and reduce waste.

RWM exhibitors will include companies and organisations operating throughout the supply chain from suppliers of equipment, recyclers of a wide range of materials including paper and plastics to environmental consultants and waste management companies. Entry is free and gives visitors access to three days of seminar sessions offering invaluable legislative and financial advice and first-hand case studies of many successful recycling and waste management projects.

RWM event director Gerry Sherwood says: “Green industries are thriving while economic and legislative pressures have made waste, energy and resource management more relevant than ever before. With an expanded exhibition floor, a number of new features and a great choice of free seminar programmes, we have made sure that a visit to RWM will offer you contacts, solutions, ideas and advice, whatever industry you work in.”

New for 2010

New features for RWM 10 include a Waste Minimisation Zone, sponsored by Rubbermaid Commercial Products and SITA UK and in association with WRAP and the Environment Agency, with a “drop in surgery” where visitors can get help from experts in resource efficiency, and the exhibition’s first ever Catwalk showcasing textile recycling. Sponsored by BCR Global Textiles, Chris Carey’s Collections, I&G Cohen Limited and Salvation Army Trading Company Limited (SATCoL), the first ever RWM fashion shows will showcase the exciting design possibilities presented by the fastest growing element in the UK’s waste stream.

New visitor facilities on the show floor include an RWM Restaurant offering pre-bookable table service lunches, a VIP area sponsored by Sita UK and Cafe Viridor, a VIP centre designed for informal networking, planning your visit and internet research. If you are looking to develop international trade, you can take advantage of free meetings which can be arranged with a range of foreign enterprises attending the exhibition and participate in the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at RWM on Wednesday 15 September. See for further details of how to register for these.

The indoor exhibition area has been expanded to accommodate companies exhibiting for the first time and returning exhibitors booking larger stands. The new Envirolink Northwest Pavilion, for example, will showcase a range of companies from the region’s recycling and waste sector. Worth £1,064 billion, this sub sector includes facility operators, service providers, technology designers, builders and engineers; as well as a growing range of companies developing products containing recycled content.

Meanwhile the outdoor exhibition area where visitors can see vehicles and machinery in action is also set to be even bigger this year. Outdoor exhibitors include key players such as Ford, JCB, New Holland, Terex Equipment, Mercedes Benz, E H Hassell, Hydrex Equipment, Case Construction, Brendon Power-Washers, Geesink Norba, Isuzu Truck, NTM-GB, Tong Engineering, M&K Recycling, Edge, Collett Transport, Duo Manufacturing, Whale Tankers, Liebherr, Blue Group, BMI Municipal, Hammel and many more.

Free Seminars

The programme in theLocal 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 London Waste & Recycling Board chairman James Cleverly and ROTATE manager for the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Linda Chrichton. Case studies will include Islington Council’s food waste collection scheme for estates, schools and prisons, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign in Shropshire and a communications campaign designed by Oldham Metropolitan Council for an ethnically diverse community. Michael Bennett of Pelican Public Relations and Jane Rayner of Lulu Consulting will offer advice on handling public consultations for new treatment facilities.

In the Business Seminar Theatre (sponsored by Gateway to London and TEG) 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 Glenigan economics director Allan Wilen. 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) where key speakers include Ecolateral director and industry consultant Peter Jones OBE and New Civil Engineer editor Antony Oliver. 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 and visitors can find out how municipal solid waste can be separated into fractions for use in anaerobic digestion and Refuse Derived Fuel.

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) Friends of the Earth senior campaigner on resource use, Dr Michael Warhurst, will discuss incineration versus recycling and WRAP materials recycling manager Steve Waite 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.

This new feature will also give visitors the opportunity to question the experts in a “drop in surgery”, providing tailored guidance according to your specific needs.

To view the full seminar programmes, please visit

Visitor Recycling Points

As a long term supporter of the show, Straight will be exhibiting again this year and has also been named as RWM’s onsite recycling sponsor. “Exhibitions often produce large amounts of unnecessary waste.  We want to reduce the amount of waste that is created by the show and is sent to landfill,” explains Straight chief executive Jonathan Straight.

MyRWM Show Planner

The MyRWM Show Planner is an online tool to help you make the most out of your visit to RWM 2010. Choose your interests (product categories) to generate a personalised list of exhibitors to match. Exhibitors’ stand locations will be shown on a personalised floorplan. You can also see appropriate press releases and product images, to help you make the right choices and a list of relevant seminar sessions to help you plan your time at the exhibition.

You can access the MyRWM Show Planner via the website now and it will also be available in Cafe Viridor, a central VIP area for visitors to plan their event and network with peers.

How to Register:

Complete the form on  - you will get a unique reference number which you can use to collect your badge at the event.

How to get there:

RWM is held in Halls 17, 18, 19 and the outdoor areas of the National Exhibition Centre, 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre. The address is: The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

If you’re coming to the NEC from any part of the UK by road or rail or flying in from overseas, you will find that its central position is at the hub of the UK transport network. Walk directly into the show from Birmingham International rail station or choose from a number of bus and coach services. Alternatively, if you are driving, there is ample car parking at the NEC.

Visit for detailed travel information.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 14 September                9.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 15 September          9.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 16 September               9.30am – 4.00pm

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