SNIPPETT: The annual recycling and waste management exhibition saw more than 13,000 visitors take in the industry’s latest developments and innovations
Every year a major exhibition and convention takes place for the whole of the resource and waste management industry. The recycling and waste management exhibition is probably the most important event in the industry’s calendar and not only highlights innovations and developments but allows suppliers to display their latest products.
Here, we ask skip hire broker ProSkips to review this year’s event, which was held in association with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
What was there?
Waste management and recycling are vitally important to maintaining a sustainable future – one that is the heritage we pass on to coming generations. This annual exhibition gave many individuals and companies the opportunity to showcase the innovations they are making, the working practices they are adopting; and the coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach that is necessary for getting right our recycling and waste management methods.
What was Achieved?
The agenda for 2015’s RWM and CIWM annual exhibition suggests something of its broad scope in resolving and managing the collection and disposal of waste from individuals, companies and major construction groups.
Some of the key statistics are:
more than 13,000 visitors;
over 700 exhibitors;
from more than 69 countries
the participation of over 200 guest speakers in more than 100 seminars and presentations
The principal aim of the show was to develop a three-year plan to achieve enhanced sustainability targets, according to the CIWM, which recognises the importance of all sections of the industry working together and coordinating their practices and goals.
The show offered an opportunity for demonstrating to visitors, suppliers, and exhibitors the progress being made towards the achievement of those sustainability targets.
The Official Framework
RWM and CIWM of course work within a framework that continues to be set as government policy.
Policies on recycling and waste management cover a wide spectrum of sustainability issues, some of the more recent and important of which are:
protocols relating to materials which have been derived from waste but have now achieved a quality that allows them to be defined as non-waste products and therefore no longer subject to waste controls – clearly an important part of a framework for safe recycling and waste management;
guidance on the incineration of waste;
the exercise of an appropriate duty of care when managing and recycling waste in a manner that keeps the material safe and protects members of the public and workers in the industry from harm; and
evidence which exporters of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEE) and its packaging need to keep in order to ensure that overseas waste processors operate according to standards that are broadly similar to those that would apply in the UK.
RWM, CIWM, its members and the industry as a whole are therefore working with government to develop further the potential for responsible recycling and waste management in Britain.