RWM 2016: showcasing transformative resource management solutions

Written by: Nicola Meadows | Published:

Following the EU referendum, a shake-up of government and ministers changing departments, there really hasn’t been a more important year to attend RWM, says event director Nicola Meadows

RWM 2016, which is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on September 13-15, is the largest event in the UK for the waste and resource efficiency sector with plenty on show for the quarrying, recycling and bulk materials handling industries.

Organised in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the three-day exhibition also provides a strong conference programme across the Circular Economy Connect, Energy from Waste and Local Authority theatres. There are numerous opportunities for professional development and networking for RWM’s visitors and exhibitors alike.

Plant and equipment

Throughout the exhibition, machinery and equipment designed to help keep materials in the loop and retain the value in resources will be centre-stage, as well as handling and logistics solutions that minimise the environmental impact of recycling.

RWM has always dedicated a large part of the show to machinery, equipment, handling, logistics, recycling and reprocessing, and energy recovery.

New technologies are coming to market throughout the year, and RWM will provide a platform for hundreds of suppliers to showcase their latest products and services for construction, demolition and commercial waste.

The machinery and equipment zone will showcase solutions and technology concerned with sorting and separation, size reduction equipment, mobile plant machinery and more. It will provide a platform for hundreds of suppliers with the latest products and services for construction, demolition and commercial waste all exhibiting their latest developments.

The zone will feature hundreds of specialists including Liebherr; Hammel International; and the Molson Group, a multi-franchise dealer sourcing a range of equipment including dump trucks, dozers, demolition rigs and wheeled loaders for major brands.

Komptech will be displaying its machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and for the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source.

A number of launches will take place in this sector including first-time exhibitor Marubeni-Komatsu unveiling its new WA320-7 waste-spec wheel loader, complete with full factory-fitted waste specification extras, to the market. Tana Recycling Machinery UK, formed in 2015 by professionals in recycling, will be showcasing its technology in solid waste management with control and monitoring systems.

Sandhurst will be exhibiting its new range of attachments for the recycling industry including hydraulic magnets and screening buckets. Eggersmann, a specialist in bespoke plants, concepts and products will be unveiling its new range of recycling machinery.

In the outside area, visitors will be able to see first-hand the larger plant and equipment that is changing the face of the waste management industry. The outside area is set to be bigger than ever before, with some of the most forward-thinking equipment manufacturers showcasing their latest advancements.

Improving company performance

The handling and logistics zone, next to the machinery and equipment zone, will have on display solutions for improved operational, management and strategic supply chain performance. Increasing efficiencies while preserving resources is now a proven way for businesses to flourish, and this year’s show will demonstrate the smart enabling technologies on the market today. Bespoke solutions will be on show from exhibitors including DAF Trucks; Dennis Eagle; Faun Zoeller; Johnston Sweepers; Mercedes-Benz Trucks; Scarab Sweepers; and Terberg Matec.

New for 2016 is the winter maintenance trail, for reliability and efficiency in extreme weather conditions. The outside ride and drive area demonstrates live the benefits of trucks and heavy equipment.

Find the latest technology, solutions and services to move towards zero waste to landfill at the recycling and reprocessing area, with many of the biggest players in the field alongside new and emerging businesses. This area of the show will include Bunting Magnetics; Countrystyle; Knowaste; Novelis Recycling and many more.

Energy from Waste theatre

The energy from waste theatre is the central hub for key industry players to debate, discuss and share insights on the future of energy from waste. With new policies introduced into the sector, the theatre will provide further clarity for industry influencers on the role energy from waste plays in the long term. It will also provide businesses with insights on how to improve their bottom line. Industry pioneers will provide a holistic view on the role energy from waste has in achieving environmental objectives set by policy makers.

Local Authority theatre

Influencers within the industry will debate, discuss and share what waste strategy works best in a local authority when stringent measures are in place, in 2016 and beyond. Discussions will include topics such as waste crime, 2020 recycling targets, food waste collections and driving behaviour change.

There will also be key announcements made by the Environment Agency and Keep Britain Tidy and panel discussions on mutually beneficial collaboration.

Looking for tomorrow’s energy managers

Finally, as part of RWM’s mission to support industry growth and innovation, RWM 2016 in partnership with CIWM have launched its Rising Stars search. The competition celebrates the trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way the recycling industry works, identifying the top newcomers and supporting the resource managers of the future.

Entries are welcomed from individuals who have introduced new resource management recycling practices within the past five years that are helping to transform the industry. Small changes can make a big difference, so no matter the scale of the initiative, candidates will be judged on how effective and transformative the change has been for their organisation and the industry as a whole.

RWM will be reviewing entries and the top three finalists will be asked to present to a panel of judges at the event for the chance to win a CIWM training package and funding towards their initiative worth over £2,000.

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