Inspiring events increase knowledge and showcase innovation

This year’s CIWM Annual Conference was an inspiring and informative experience for all delegates and exhibitors. The waste and resource management sectors have many parallels with cleaning and FM, and these industries are moving closer together as chances to collaborate and share best practice through partnership working increase.

The conference programme offered much to encourage debate and improve knowledge, with respected industry figures speaking on subjects including the circular economy, challenges around food waste, future policy and delivery issues, and waste as an energy opportunity.

In many ways it was the perfect pre-cursor to the RWM Show, which takes place from 10-12 September at the NEC. As well as offering anyone involved in this fast growing sector the chance to meet new suppliers and service providers, there is a great range of ‘added extras’ to inform and entertain.

WAMITAB’s Skills Village will provide a resource hub for anyone interested in training, qualifications, apprenticeships, on-line learning and technical competence; while advice on commercial waste legislation will be available from the Professional Services Clinic. The Social Enterprise Zone highlights the valuable contribution made to the industry by third sector organisations; and the Materials Village provides a one-stop shop for information on collection, sorting and end markets for recovered materials. As some light relief, there will even be a catwalk show, demonstrating how unwanted clothes and textiles can be given a fashionable new second life.

The inspiration continues with the CIWM Scottish Waste and Resources Conference from 2-3 October, and then the CIWM Awards on 7th November – where we are sponsoring the International Innovative Practice category. All these events and initiatives reflect the vibrancy of an industry sector that is definitely on the up. We can’t wait to attend them – see you there!