12-13 September 2018, rwm, nec, birmingham A panel discussion featuring Ian Wakelin from Biffa and David Palmer Jones of Suez is one of the highlights of the upcoming RWM show on 12-13 September at the NEC, Birmingham. These industry leaders will be discussing the current state and direction of the waste industry, and both head up companies that have implemented measures aimed at tackling plastic pollution. Biffa already recycles around 780 million plastic bottles a year and is looking to incorporate PET into its operation. Suez has teamed up with Dutch firm Lyondell Basell to develop a new recycling plant that will produce virgin-quality recycled plastics. As Ian Wakelin is soon to step down, this will be the last opportunity for the industry to hear him share insight and knowledge as CEO of Biffa. Attendees will hear him set out what he expects from his successor and the company over the next few years at a time when the industry as a whole must transition from waste management to a circular economy. In addition to Ian and David’s discussion, there will be 16 learning theatres at RWM 2018, which wil consider the challenges and opportunities facing the waste industry. The Keynote Theatre is where you will find presentations addressing the evolution of the industry, with speakers such as Nick Cliffe from Innovate UK, who will lead two seminars providing an overview of the support available for business-led research and development within the waste and recycling industry and the funded research underway that is working towards solutions for plastic waste. The future of the UK’s environmental policy and strategy will be the topic of the seminar from Sir John Armitt of the National Infrastructure Committee.
Sir John, who was chairman of the build projects for the London 2012 Olympics, will also touch on the recent inquiries and reports from the Government and the Environment Audit Committee. The commercial side of waste and recycling management will be covered by Oliver Rosevear, head of environment for Costa Coffee. Oliver will give an overview of Costa’s efforts to reduce single-use waste and how other brands can follow in its footsteps. To find out more about these and the other seminars at the event visit rwmexhibition.com, where you can also register for your free tickets.
20 september 2018, owl roadshow, wroxall abbey
The OWL (Optimised Waste and Logistics) Roadshow comes to the Midlands on 20 September, providing those involved with procuring or operating heavy goods vehicles with the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in technologies, EU legislation, and FORS. Following two well-attended roadshows earlier this year in Wales and Scotland, the Midlands Roadshow will be held at Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire. The day-long event features a number of guest speakers on topical industry issues including commercialisation and driver safety. For the first time at an OWL Roadshow, Professor Roland Leigh and Tom Hall from Earthsense will be talking about the Clean Air Project. This project is a collaboration between CMS Supatrak and Earthsense designed to demonstrate cutting-edge concepts for air quality monitoring and management. Professor Leigh and Tom Hall will explain how fleet vehicles operating in the urban environment can be part of the solution to poor air quality by fulfilling a role as mobile monitoring platforms. The presentation will describe the mobile monitoring technologies currently in use, and a
number of highly relevant applications to the OWL community. Other speakers include Ian Bourton from Oxford City Council (pictured) who will talk about the commercialisation of services and how this can deliver savings as well as improve safety and compliance. Andrew Drewary will be looking at driver safety and how aware operators are of their responsibilities. Compliance through e-learning driving interventions will be the focus of the seminar from Kevin Barcroft of Simply Waste Solutions. The day will also include the opportunity to test the latest vehicles and safety solutions as well as network with fellow industry professionals. Jason Airey, managing director of CMS Supatrak, which runs OWL on behalf of the OWL Partners, said: ‘The roadshows bring together highprofile speakers and industry leaders from both public and private sectors and they are fast becoming the go-to events for those who want to learn about best practice and innovation in the industry. ‘OWL is a unique collaboration between partner businesses working together to develop fully-integrated products, which ultimately make the sector safer, more compliant and better able to increase efficiency.’ Pre-registration is essential. To register visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ owl-midlands-roadshow-tickets-42421771661. The next event after will be in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 18 October 2018. OWL is a partnership initiative developed to provide fully-integrated technology for the waste, transport and logistics industries. The individual OWL partners are all specialists in their fields and already successfully supply stand-alone products. But by working in partnership with each other, and with professional organisations such as FORS, CILT and CIWM, OWL is leading the way in both the development of fully-integrated solutions and driving up standards of safety and compliance. OWL is run by CMS Supatrak on behalf of the OWL partners.
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