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RWM preview: 2017 show looking to connect the industry

RWM Event Director Nicola Meadows previews the UK’s largest event dedicated to recycling, renewables, waste management and more

RWM 2016

RWM 2017 takes place from 12 to 14 September at the NEC Birmingham. The umbrella concept is RWM’s One Planet Living mission, which champions the better management and supply of the world’s resources in an increasingly interconnected world. As we move towards the circular economy model, supply chains are becoming increasingly interconnected. Solutions to the challenge of resource management have never been more accessible for policymakers and implementers, and the expanded RWM 2017 event, run in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), offers an opportunity to connect across industries, share knowledge and explore new opportunities.

Divided into six zones – Supply & Demand; Energy from Waste; Recyclers & Reprocessors; Handling & Logistics; Data, Tech & Services; and Machinery & Equipment – the show will also feature an Innovation Hub, where exhibitors and start-up companies showcase the latest, most innovative ideas in the market.

Learning opportunities

A wealth of knowledge sharing and networking opportunities will also be present during the daily seminar theatre sessions running in each event zone throughout the show. Keynote speaker highlights include Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade & Investment, who will speak on 13 September about innovation and investment; and Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), who will discuss the future of the resource revolution. Wayne Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer at The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) will also give a keynote address on Day 2, shining a light on cities, the engine room of the circular economy.

The Circular Economy Connect Theatre will also play host to Richard Carter, Head of Sustainability at Adnams, who will consider how the drinks industry can raise the bar for circularity. Other keynote speakers for this theatre include Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, who will speak on the agency’s vision for waste. Marks & Spencer’s Head of Waste Management Jessica Palalagi will address delegates at the Municipal & Materials Recovery Theatre on Day 3, with a keynote address exploring waste management strategy and beyond. The Municipal and Materials Recovery Theatre is the platform for resource and waste industry experts from both the public and private sector to come together and discuss creative techniques to drive up recycling rates.

Visitor trails

Visitors to RWM 2017 will be able to plan their day by exploring the show’s event trails. The visitor discovery trails are simple tools that can help ensure every moment spent at the show counts – maximising the potential for commercial gain. The Local Authority Trail, for instance, highlights all exhibitors and content relevant to those responsible for waste management and resource legislative issues. Other trails include the Energy Solutions Trail; the New Exhibitor Discovery Trail; and the Great British Trail, which is organised in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade (DIT).

Key features

As well as a return of the outside area at the 2017 show, other key features at the event include RWM Connects, a complimentary matchmaking service allowing exhibitors and visitors to use our database to arrange meetings prior to the show, and the CIWM Resource and Waste Clinic, which will see industry experts on-hand over the course of the show offering advice and insight.