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Equipment, Expertise and Engagement All under
one Roof at RWM 2017
RWM 2017 offered something for everyone in the resource, energy and water industries and
beyond
R
WM 2017 – which took place
from 12-14 September at
Birmingham’s
NEC
in
partnership with the Chartered
Institution of Wastes Management
(CIWM) – certainly lived up to its
promise to be more than just a trade
show.
Over 450 companies from across the
Energy, Waste, Recycling and Water
sectors exhibited at the show which also
presented numerous new features,
including a Pitch & Pint crazy golf course
area for relaxed networking. More formal
networking opportunities were to be
found through the RWM Connects
service; over 800 meetings were booked
in advance for the three-day show.
“The RWM exhibition is easily the
biggest waste management show in the
UK, pretty much a one-stop show for the
industry. You’ve got to come!” said
Daniel Egner, Recycling Operations
Manager, Ward Recycling. “There’s no
other show that offers the range of
audiences that we can reach in a handy
three-day package” added Nick Cliffe,
Innovation Lead, Innovate UK.
To help demonstrate the new
developments in the industry, RWM17
introduced an exciting new area called
Innovation City – sponsored by Innovate
UK – which highlighted a range of new
products and services. Innovation City
exhibitor Nikki Bainbridge of EHS Data
said, "We've engaged with lots of people
and are already talking about coming
back next year." RWM also featured its
first ever Hackathon. This showcased
innovative ideas that use mobile
technology, smart data and the Internet
of Things to deliver solutions for
improving circularity. This was won by
the B2C, C2C online marketplace
Tryatec following the final presentations
live at RWM.
RWM is the place to get deals done too.
For example Johnston Sweepers and
Dawsonrentals
sold
the
first
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
sweeper to a major city council looking
to move away from its reliance on diesel
vehicles. Capital Compactors and Balers
delivered one of its machines straight
from the show to a customer. Warren
Freimanis, UK Commercial Manager,
10
N+P Group B.V said, “It’s important to
be here, a lot of our new business comes
from clients we’ve never met before that
just turn up to this event.”
There were also a host of new products
launched at the show including Green
Eco Technologies latest WasteMaster
machine which offers innovative on-site
continuous food waste processing.
RWM is a hub of expertise and the
extensive
and
varied
seminar
programme was at the heart of the show
once again. Contributors across the
different theatres included WRAP, Marks
& Spencer, the Environment Agency and
Centrica.
The show is also a great place for
promoting debate and a number of
reports were launched at the show to
take advantage of the diverse audience
in attendance. These included one from
Suez Recycling & Recovery UK ‘Mind
the gap 2’ – looking at the need to
concentrate on residual waste capacity
in the UK – and Ricardo Energy &
Environment’s ‘Artificial Intelligence and
the Internet of Things: Future
opportunities for the energy sector’.
The umbrella concept to RWM 2017 is
its One Planet Living mission, and the
only way that we are going to truly
optimise and sustainably manage the
world’s resources is to embrace our
increasingly interconnected world. This
year, the show brought together the
recycling and waste management,
energy, water and renewables industries
together in a single show for the first time
to reflect the growing collaboration and
overlap between these important
sectors.
This One Planet Living
message was certainly
taken to heart by M6
Vehicle Hire which is
working with the Donor
Family
Network
to
increase awareness and
encourage people to
have
conversations
about organ donation –
perhaps the ultimate in
recycling.
M6
has
branded
its
waste
vehicles with a proorgan
donation
message and is hoping other waste and
recycling businesses will support the
campaign and do the same.
Meanwhile, the Ride & Drive Outdoor
area demonstration zone provided the
opportunity for anyone interested in
expanding their fleet to get behind the
controls of the latest equipment to find
out how they can improve fleet
efficiency and productivity.
Xavier Hodgetts, Account Director,
Adtrak, said, “The reason we decided
to come back is because it’s the best
place to get involved and amongst the
people in the Waste & Recycling
industry. This is the place to be if you
want to meet new customers.”
Nicola Meadows, RWM event director,
Ascential, said, “Our industry faces
constant challenges and we’re
extremely proud of the way that RWM
brings our community together to share
experiences, identify opportunities and
really make a difference.
“We are able to attract quality
exhibitors, speakers and visitors
because we are passionate about
providing the industry with a voice. We
have begun to evolve the show,
including a new look and feel this year,
to ensure RWM continues to play a key
role in collaboration and development
within the sector. We already have
great plans for next year and can’t wait
to get started.”
RWM 2018 will take place from 11-13
September at Birmingham NEC. To
register your interest, please visit:
www.rwmexhibition.com
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