RWM 2019 preview: what to expect

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RWM is always a stand-out event in the industry calendar

RWW outlines what can be expected at this year’s RWM exhibition, and recommends the top things to see and do there.

The long-awaited return of the RWM exhibition is in sight. It’s always a stand-out event in the industry’s calendar; where visitors flock to network, see the latest tech innovations and share best practice.

Taking place on 11 and 12 September at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, RWM is the UK’s largest recycling and waste management show. Ticket registrations are open, and visitors are advised to secure theirs now to avoid disappointment. Recycling & Waste World will be there as an official media partner.

Since a change of ownership in 2018 RWM has undergone plenty of changes, including a decision to take the event down from three days to two. The decrease in duration hasn’t meant a decline in quality though. There’s a huge seminar lineup and plenty of exciting content in store for this year’s instalment, which promises to be another exciting event.

Your ticket will grant you access to a further four co-located shows – Future Resource, the Contamination Expo, Flood Expo and Fasteners Exhibition & Conference.

The combination of these events will result in an expected attendance of 22,000 recycling and waste professionals, offering plenty of networking opportunities. Last year RWM’s owner Prysm Group said £1.9 billion was traded.

All-star lineup

Keynote speakers already announced include sustainability experts from NASA, TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble, Costa Coffee, Keep Britain Tidy and Clean Up Britain’s patron Jeremy Paxman.

One of the main speakers this year will be Andy Willcott, who is responsible for Glastonbury Festival’s waste management. He will be ditching the wellies to join RWM’s keynote lineup to discuss waste management in a temporary city, including the many challenges and successes that have allowed for a consistent 50% recycling rate at the annual music event.

Pioneering exhibitors

With an extensive 500 exhibitors showcasing their finest solutions-led products and services there is something for everyone. Be sure to visit the Live Demo area – the best place to see innovative industry-leading equipment in action from right across the sector.

Various industry experts will form the RWM judges’ panels who will be visiting nominated stands to select the worthy winners of the RWM Innovation Awards.

Fire safety is a key priority for the waste industry, and unfortunately 2019 has been another year of fires at waste facilities up and down the country. Firemain Engineering will be exhibiting a complete range of systems to protect waste facilities at stand M44.

This includes thermal imaging camera and robotic water cannon Thermalert, which finds thermal hotspots and provides alerts on a ‘pre-fire’ status. The company’s EmberQuench will also be on display, which uses high-quality detectors combined with fast-response spray-quenching nozzles to keep operational downtime to an absolute minimum.

Plastics, and in particular what we do with them, will also be on the agenda at this year’s show. Showcasing the many uses of recycled plastics will be Cromwell Polythene, which will be exhibiting its portfolio of polythene sacks, compostable liners, reusable bags and more. In particular, its LowCO2t refuse sacks not only help to reduce the volume of plastic used but also cut carbon emissions during production and transportation.

Cromwell Polythene will also be launching an extension of this range to include green, red and blue sacks to serve as a visual reminder to help separate different materials for recycling. If you are a business or local authority professional head over to stand O12 to chat with a Cromwell Polythene representative, which is looking to build long-term working relationships and develop new recycling and waste management innovations.

To get the most out of materials the quality of recyclate continues to be imperative. That’s why Bunting Magnetics has decided to theme its stand on dynamic techniques to recover and separate metal from secondary waste materials. On stand P1 visitors will witness separation demonstrations on a production-sized eddy current separator, stainless steel magnetic separator and TN77 metal detector.

The magnetic separator manufacturer will also be using RWM as the first UK show to demonstrate its new ElectroMax Overband Magnet, which it claims is 185% stronger and 25% lighter than equivalent permanent overband magnets. Separating metals is a vital part in the successful recycling of most secondary materials, and Bunting Magnetics will be ready to answer any questions RWM visitors may have.

Diverse zones

A diverse programme of exhibitors means the show will be split into topical areas. This year they will consist of Energy from Waste, Handling and Logistics, Machinery and Equipment, Recyclers and Reprocessers, Data Tech and Services, Waste Tech Live, and the Zero Emissions Zone. These will host new features including a dedicated Waste Tech Theatre, the Zero Emissions Zone: Test Track, and the return of Materials World.

Free tickets

Tickets to attend are completely free and are valid for both days of the show. What’s more, visitors who register in advance will receive a free hard copy of the official RWM 2019 show guide – complete with highlights, keynote profiles, the full timetable, a floorplan and an exhibitor directory.



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