Sustainability solutions on show at RWM 2013

29 May 2013

Get up to speed on resource efficiency and waste management at RWM 2013

Get up to speed on resource efficiency and waste management at RWM 2013

If sustainability and environmental performance are high on your agenda, then put a date in your diary for the UK's premier resource efficiency and waste management event RWM in partnership with CIWM 2013, taking place at NEC Birmingham 10th-12th September 2013. It is the place to source the best solutions and services, from the latest waste containment and segregation equipment to low emission sweepers.

'Sustainability is moving up the agenda in the cleaning sector, with companies increasingly being expected to demonstrate sustainable working practices both in terms of service delivery and supply chain,' says Steve Lee, CEO of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM), the show's partner organisation. 'More sustainable waste management systems, coupled with more environmentally friendly equipment and products, have a major contribution to make in terms of meeting this challenge.' In today's tough economic conditions, better sustainability credentials also make sense in terms of your competitive edge.

According to Asset Skills 'green cleaning' has increasingly become a marketing issue, with contract cleaning companies competing on environmental credentials as well as more traditional elements of the proposition such as efficiency and value for money.

Here to help Helping the cleaning industry to meet the green challenge, RWM in partnership with CIWM 2013, offers an array of solutions, bringing together over 750 exhibitors involved in all aspects of waste and resource management, including the UK's major waste and recycling contractors, cleansing equipment suppliers, safety equipment specialists and training providers.

All the leading names in waste containment will be at the show this September - and there will be plenty of innovation designed to improve efficiency and hygiene, as well as new solutions for the separate collection of recyclable materials, food and clinical waste.

Safety is always a key theme and visitors will also be able to source the full range of products and PPE to manage waste safely, from hand protection through to specialist products for dealing with oil and chemical spills.

The exhibition will also play host to an array of cleaning machines and equipment, from environmentally friendly sweepers and utility vehicles to gum and graffiti removal solutions. Visitors can expect lots of innovation with regard to improved performance and lower emissions. Highlights include comprehensive ranges of professional cleaning products, vacuum litter collectors and industrial scrubbers, vacuums and burnishers.

This year will again see a strong focus on training and skills, with a new Skills Village, sponsored by WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board), showcasing all aspects of skills, training and career opportunities in waste and resource management.

Show partners CIWM will be promoting its new Waste Smart course, which is targeted at all those who generate, handle or manage waste. The course helps delegates to understand why and how waste should be managed more sustainably and efficiently and what steps can be taken to improve waste prevention and recycling.

For cleaning professionals looking to improve their knowledge and contacts in recycling and re-use, the Materials Village provides a valuable one-stop shop to get up to speed on the latest issues around the separation, collection, and end markets for all types of recyclable materials, and the Social Enterprise Zone provides the opportunity to forge partnerships with key third sector organisations involved in a range of re-use initiatives including furniture and textiles.

With over 150-plus expert speakers, the event plays host to the largest, free CPD-accredited conference programme in the industry.

The five conference theatres provide the opportunity to hear the latest opinions and learning on a wide range of topics, from the latest policy and legislative developments through to good practice on food waste and smarter ways to manage waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Highlights of the programme include a panel debate on communications strategies to encourage waste segregation and recycling, and a debate on minimising food waste in the hospitality and food service industry with Mark Linehan, MD of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Ian Booth, technical manager at Reynolds Catering and Nicola Cunningham, sustainability & accommodation manager for Jury's Inn.

With many professionals embracing a wider sustainability remit in their role, RWM in partnership with CIWM 2013 is co-located with three complementary events - The Energy Event, The Renewables Event and The (new) Water Event. These events, which can be accessed for free by all visitors to RWM, offer answers to the whole gamut of business sustainability challenges around water and energy management and efficiency.

For more information and to register for your free tickets visit or keep up to date with the latest news and opinions about the exhibition by following @RWM_with_CIWM and using the Twitter hashtag #RWMwithCIWM.