Rt Hon Eric Pickles to speak at RWM 2014

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed to deliver keynote speech at this year’s RWM.

Government and industry to advise local authorities on meeting new European recycling targets at RWM The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is today confirmed to deliver the ministerial keynote speech at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM. Eric Pickles MP will speak on the morning of 17 September in the Local Authority Theatre.

Government and industry to advise local authorities on meeting new European recycling targets at RWM

 
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed to deliver keynote speech at this year’s RWM. The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is today confirmed to deliver the ministerial keynote speech at this year’s RWM in partnership with CIWM. Eric Pickles MP will speak on the morning of 17 September in the Local Authority Theatre.

The Local Authority Theatre, one of three theatres in RWM’s free to attend, CPD accredited conference programme, will provide advice and first hand experience from both government and industry leaders. Tackling councils’ waste needs, discussions will include best-practice case studies, TEEP guidelines and targeting recycling engagement. This is of particular relevance to councils following the European Commission’s new 70% recycling targets by 2030 announced last week.

Sarah Porter, divisional director for the environment events at i2i, which includes RWM in partnership with CIWM, said: “This is a pivotal moment for resource efficiency professionals. We have developed the content for the Local Authority Theatre specifically to help councils achieve targets on time and under budget. Our roster of speakers is stronger than ever this year, selected from their ability to inspire peers and provide practical case study based guidance.”

With the rise in UK household waste recycling rates stagnating (just over 3% in the last three years, according to Defra in November 2013), it is now more important than ever that local authorities find new ways to meet EU targets.

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed to deliver keynote speech at this year’s RWM. Joanna Dixon, community recycling officer, Croydon Council (and LARAC recycling officer of 2013), speaking on the panel: ‘Education and Encouragement – Increasing recycling through targeted engagement’, predicts that the UK will struggle to meet the target, unless steps are taken immediately.

Dixon said: “The new European recycling target of 70% by 2030 is certainly a laudable aim, but really, how are local authorities in England placed to achieve this?

“So what can local authorities do to attain this stretching target? Increasing participation in services and capture rates of materials certainly has a role to play, but without significant investment in services and progress on policy, it looks unachievable at the current time.”

Jacob Hayler, Economist, ESA will moderate the panel. He and Dixon will be joined by Andy Rees, head of waste strategy, Welsh Government and Clare Standish, dissemination officer, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

Case studies providing best practice will support professionals from local authorities who want to raise their recycling levels rapidly. In a remarkable case study, Rachel Jowitt, head of waste and street services at Monmouthshire County Council will explore how in 2013, Wales reached its statutory target of recycling 52% of waste collected.

A new event running at RWM called Circular Economy Connect, will provide businesses with vital tools to develop their sustainabilityMoving towards a circular economy is another key issue being addressed in the Local Authority Theatre. The panel discussion on guaranteeing a higher quality recyclate will be moderated by Ray Georgeson, CEO of the Resource Association. He will be joined by Jonathan Short, founder of ECO Plastics, Dr Benjamin Eule, global technical manager at Stadler and Keith Kondakor, leader of the Green Group, Warwickshire County Council plus senior representative on the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB). The panel will debate the importance of stringent frameworks, safeguarding traceability of materials and exploring successes and challenges in achieving high quality recycling.

Another panel discussion, moderated Durk Reyner, vice-chair and policy officer at LARAC tackles the question – “If waste really is a ‘resource’ how much money is this resource generating for your council?” He will be joined on stage by Nicholas Daubney, leader of the council and portfolio holder for resources, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Frank Smith, strategic director, South London Waste Partnership and Chris Jones, waste policy and climate change, Staffordshire Council.

Other leading industry speakers in the Local Authority Theatre include Phil Barton, chief executive, Keep Britain Tidy, councillor Nick Naylor, environment cabinet member for South Bucks District Council and Tommy Wallace, director of fleet and waste management at Birmingham City Council.

A new event running at RWM called Circular Economy Connect, will provide businesses with vital tools to develop their sustainabilityRWM is Europe’s premier resource and waste management event. It is free to attend and takes place from 16 to 18 September 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham. The event and free CPD accredited conference also features two other theatres, Circular Economy Connect and Energy from Waste, alongside an industry exhibition, which showcases the latest products and services to aid resource management.

RWM in partnership with CIWM is co-located with The Water Event, The Energy Event and The Renewables Event, all taking place on 16 and 17 September 2014 in hall 3. To register to attend (gaining free access to all four shows), please visit www.rwmexhibition.com. To enquire about exhibiting, please call 020 3033 2049 or email info@rwmexhibition.com.

RWM in partnership with CIWM (www.rwmexhibition.com) is Europe’s premier event dedicated to resource and waste management solutions and takes place from 16 to18 September 2014 at the NEC Birmingham (halls 4 to 5). The event is the result of the merger in December 2010 of the i2i Events Group’s (formerly Emap) RWM exhibition and CIWM and ESA’s Futuresource show, and is now the major annual.

In 2013, RWM in partnership with CIWM attracted over 13,000 (ABC audited) visitors, including attendees from 72 countries. 83.6% of visitors made a purchasing decision or recommendation as a result of attending the show and 61% of visitors were senior decision makers. Over 4,000 waste producers visited the show. The event featured more than 150 expert speakers over five theatres, with 750 plus exhibitors.
RWM in partnership with CIWM
16-18 September 2014, NEC Birmingham, UK
www.rwmexhibition.com

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