Wow! What a show!
Wow! What a show!
RWM 2018 has come and gone, and what a two days it was! The UK’s largest recycling and waste management expo descended onto the NEC in Birmingham for twos days of exceptional business and knowledge sharing, as world-class exhibitors and pioneering professionals both displayed the latest and greatest in technology, services and products as well as leading deeply interesting seminars to packed out theatres across the event. Against all doubts, RWM 2018 was an overwhelming success that proved the waste industry to be a booming one. 20,000 professionals filled the halls across all the events, with 12,500 recycling and waste professionals there specifically for RWM, the best visitor turn out it has had in years!
The first thing that was immediately noticeable when arriving at RWM was the queues to get in, they were enormous and was the first bit of proof as to how vital the industry is currently. With the amazing turnout giving the event an immediate and lasting buzz, it only took a brief walk around before stands from the likes of CIWM, Fireward, JCB, Mercedes Benz, Addex, Bunting Magnets, Department of International Trade, Zappshelter, Veolia, Viridor, Toyota Materials Handling, Northern Gas & Power, Bradshaw and ePower Electric Vehicles started to appear showing off their amazing products that were all work ready for all the needs of any inquiring visitors.
There were awards to be won throughout the show, as RWM recognised the amazing work being done by its exhibitors. The awards up for grabs at the event were the SME Innovation Award, Product of the Year, Circular Economy Award, and Energy From Waste Award. With these awards, RWM wanted to make sure that the exhibitors knew that the work they were displaying at the show didn’t go unnoticed or unrecognised for the leaps and bounds being made in an industry that is seeing some major consistent growth currently. It was Seligo that took home the SME Innovation Award, Fireward who won the Product of the Year, Machinex who won the Circular Economy Award and Geminor who were able to claim the Energy From Waste Award as their own. It was wonderful to see these brands graciously accept these awards and RWM is incredibly happy with the winners.
Spectacular speaker line-up
The seminar line-up was the talk of the show floor, and rightly so, as the lineup was made up of a whos who from the waste industry and beyond. The PRYSM team made a number of strong promises when they took control of the event, with these promises including the development of business growth advice and also a deeper investment into the local authority market. By introducing a seminar theatre dedicated entirely to these two topics, RWM was able to effectively deliver on these promises. Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste, Priya Chauhan from Google Digital Garage and Xavier Hodgetts from Adtrak were just a selection of the professionals giving expert business advice to a packed Business Growth Theatre over the show. Kye Dudd, Councillor for Bristol led a fantastic seminar looking into his own Slim my Waste programme whilst Cat Fletcher & Steve Hartley from Brighton and Hove City Council discussed their Freegle scheme, making the Local Authority Theatre a huge success as well.
A lot of business deals made
RWM was the place to make deals, given the quality of visitor and also the proactive nature of the exhibitors. Combined with the need to solve problems within the waste industry and also the drive to build the industry up even further than it already is. Molson Green and Turmec announced a huge partnership deal to improve their capabilities and provide their existing clients with an even deeper pool of products for their recycling and waste needs. Molson Group joint Managing Director Robin Powell said: “We have built a very strong relationship with Brian Thornton and his team at Turmec over the last six years by working together to offer customers products and services that were not available from our other brands.”
With the finger very much still on the pulse with regards to waste problems affecting the world currently, Ecosurety and Recycling Technologies formed a partnership at this years RWM in order to help tackle the global plastics problem whilst also looking to help the UK meet their new and optimistic targets regarding packaging. Throughout the partnership, Ecosurety is committing an estimated and hugely helpful £3.2 million to Recycling Technologies in order to help accelerate Recycling Technologies’ chemical recycling capacity, which enables mixed plastic waste that currently gets disposed of in landfill or incinerators to be turned into feedstock for new plastics to be made in the future. This secures RWM as the place for pioneering and world-changing partnerships are made and proves that the event was the best edition of the event in years.
Big names, even bigger announcements at the show
Refusing to be static in a climate that requires proactivity, Suez announced a report looking into extended producer responsibility (EPR) that will look to influence the debate on packaging, as well as influence the creation of DEFRA’s resource and waste strategy. The seminar held within the Circular Economy Theatre showed that the waste industry recognises the influence it can have on improving our waste and recycling handling at a government level, showing that RWM is conscious of the issues surrounding the world and are proactive in their intent to improve the world.
RWM 2018 was the most successful it has been in years. Incredible footfall combined with globally recognised brands and professionals, huge deals done and the proactive approach to the problems the world is currently facing has resulted in an event that has put RWM back to its original standing as the definitive event for the waste and recycling industry. If you don’t quite believe us, here are more testimonials from the visitors that attended the event!
Interested in exhibiting?
RWM is back next year on the 11th and 12th of September at the NEC Birmingham. If you are interested in exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact our Managing Director Nick Woore on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 929 6083.