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Inaugural RWM conferences programme revealed

An impressive line-up of industry experts will be speaking at the new RWM 07
Conferences, taking place at the Recycling and Waste Management exhibition at
the Birmingham NEC, from 11 to 13 September.

Introduced in response to visitor demand, the six sector-specific conferences will provide practical, in-depth information on specific waste sectors, as well as looking at the wider implications of waste strategies and new technologies.
The tailored conference streams will run on 11 and 12 September, covering key issues affecting both public and private sector waste management professionals in today's market.

Day One will focus on developments in plastics recycling, waste minimisation,
composting and kitchen waste, and construction and demolition waste. The second day's programme analyses the future of waste management together with the emerging strategies, alternative technologies and vehicle and plant innovations that may be required to achieve them.

Opening the RWM 07 Conferences with a comprehensive session on plastics, the Waste & Resources Action Programme's (WRAP) plastics technology manager, Dr Paul Davidson, will present on the UK PET market. Unilever's global packaging manager Richard Inns, will put forward the retailers' perspective on improving waste minimisation through cooperation between the private and public sector. The session will go on to explore uses and treatments of plastics as well as post-consumer decontamination and recycling.

Chaired by the Composting Association, the composting and kitchen waste stream will explore the implications of the new Quality Protocol for producers, collectors and local authorities. This session will also feature a case study
from Uttlesford District Council on closed-loop composting procurement and
kitchen waste strategies.

The construction and demolition waste session will examine the impact of Site Waste Management legislation for businesses, and take a look at recycling end markets and on-site segregation. An in-depth examination of emerging
possibilities for recycling and reusing waste materials in construction projects and an analysis of possibilities in wood recycling will complete the day's
sessions.

The scope of the conference will be broadened on Day Two, when the future of waste management will explored. Daniel Instone, head of waste strategy at the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) will open the conference by explaining how local authorities will be affected by the Waste Strategy Review 2007. The Environment Agency's head of waste strategy, Martin Brocklehurst, will advise on how to incorporate effective waste minimisation into core waste strategies, and the Environmental Services Association will consider the future direction of waste management and how authorities and waste companies can collaborate to share infrastructure and facilities. The session will close with an overview of developments across major sectors in recycling and waste management from Viridor Waste Management.

Day Two's early afternoon alternative technologies session will feature
presentations from Enviros Consulting on new recycling technologies, while the
Environment Agency's Science Department will assess the environmental impacts of
waste management options, using the latest lifecycle simulation software. Developments in energy from waste will be covered by Scottish Environment
Protection Agency and Lloyd Brotherton, general manager of Ascot Environmental will look at the pros and cons of advanced thermal technologies, biomass and Energy from Waste.

Finally, the Conferences will close with a practical session on the vehicle and plant technology needed to achieve the UK's strategic waste management targets. Talks will be given on kitchen waste collection options, construction waste site
segregation techniques, multi-modal waste collection and disposal systems and new technologies in highway sweeping.

The inaugural RWM 07 Conferences reflect the high standards of expertise and
innovation you can expect to find at the Recycling and Waste Management exhibition, as the leading showcase for professionals managing the waste and recycling environment. Each session costs £99 (all prices ex VAT), or you can save money by booking three sessions for £250, or all six sessions for £495. To book your place at one or more of our intensive Conference sessions, visit
www.rwmconferences.com, or to register for the exhibition see
www.rwmexhibition.com

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