Miller Homes, Wates and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) will reveal how you can cut waste management costs and improve efficiency on the building site at the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM), taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 15 to 17 September 2009.
According to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the construction sector accounts for 32 per cent of all the waste produced in the UK - that’s over 100 million tonnes of waste each year. But a staggering 90% reduction in construction waste could be achieved through more modern working practices and off-site manufacturing*. An entire day of free seminars at RWM on 16 September will show you how. In the Business Seminar Theatre, Stephen Wielebski, divisional development director for Miller Homes will give a developer’s perspective on construction waste and the issues with recycling, Paul Elliot, supply chain manager for Wates will present a case study on achieving the holy grail of zero waste and WRAP’s programme manager for materials recycling, Mike Falconer Hall will examine the roles each part of the construction supply chain can play in meeting government targets to halve construction waste to landfill by 2012. Meanwhile, in a newly introduced Energy & Water seminar theatre, Envirowise, will share knowledge that could help you to improve your resource management.
Throughout the three-day show RWM exhibitors will be showcasing the latest methods of sorting and handling construction and demolition waste for reuse and recycling. Case Construction will launch its new 21 and 24 tonne excavators as well as the 821EXRecycler and Master Magnets will exhibit new separation equipment that can remove the metal contaminants (i.e. nails) from wood waste, increasing the value of the recycled woodchip that is now used in playgrounds, pathways, gardens and parks. Other major names in vehicle and plant technology include Mercedez-Benz, Isuzu, WCR, Liebherr, Manvik Hire, Terex, Hammel, Broxap and Continental Plant Services.
Also exhibiting at RWM will be compliance companies, consultants and waste management contractors who can advise you of your legal obligations. Site Waste Management Plans for example force construction companies to detail the amount and type of waste that will be produced on projects worth more than £300,000 including how it will be recycled and disposed of.
Gerry Sherwood, RWM’s event manager, urges construction companies to send their staff to the show: “New targets and regulations* have made it more important than ever to establish an environmentally sound waste strategy, not only to manage costs and reputation, but also to minimise the impact of stringent new legislation and demanding recycling targets on business processes. Landfill disposal costs are increasing and times are tough for all industries, but particularly those in the building sector. RWM is designed to help you stay up to date with the latest regulation and technologies, which could ultimately make a crucial difference to your profitability.”