Last week's RWM exhibition at the NEe was packed with seminar

theatres that were buzzing, visitors keen to find solutions and

exhibitors hoping to provide them. MRWlooks at some highlights

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• Seminar sizzlers

This year's seminar theatres proved popular, with

many packed to bursting point.

In the Energy and Waste Theatre, Asda's

sustainability head Julian Walker-Palin questioned

the worth of focusing on reducing the amount of

carrier bags used by its customers. He said: "Carrier

bags are seen as iconic but I'd question the amount of

focus on them. They are a tiny percentage of the waste

stream and a tiny use of resources.

"We reached our target of using 50% fewer carrier

bags by incentivising customers because we didn't

think it would be right to put a charge on them. Don't

get me wrong - carrier bag recycling is important.

But we've spent millions of pounds on achieving this

target, yet it might have been better spent on other

sustainability measures that have more impact."

Asda's plans for sustainability include further

investment in anaerobic digestion, and it wants to get

involved in maturing the infrastructure to bring about

more use of the technology. Walker-Palin also

discussed the efforts that Asda was making to reduce

its carbon emissions. This includes new sustainable

stores, and he highlighted the example in Bootle,

Merseyside, where efforts are made to put more freight

on rail. He also discussed how Asda was set to meet its

target of sending no waste to landfill by 20 10.

Still on the retail theme, Mandy Keepax, head of

facilities at Marks & Spencer, and Mathew Prosser,

commercial director at Severn side, discussed how

to choose a waste partner and then actually work in

partnership. Keepax revealed that Sevemside

employees are based in M&S offices to help stores

optimise waste reduction and recycling programmes as

part of the retailer's Plan A environmental strategy.

Focusing on the potential of energy, former Biffa

director and London Waste Advisory Board

chairman Peter Jones warned that the UK's lights are

likely to go out and waste could fill some of the energy

gap. With gas, coal and nuclear power plants set to be

decommissioned in the coming years, Jones said that

more energy from waste (EfW) plants and other EfW

technologies would be necessary to help meet this gap.

At another packed session in the same theatre,

PDM commercial director Philip Simpson explained

the range oftecbnologies that his company was using


to turn food waste into energy. In association with

Dave Timpson, a member of the waste team at

Sainsbury's, he discussed how PDM was helping

supermarkets and others to reduce their carbon impact

through treating food waste.

Over in the Local Authority Theatre, according to

AEA practice manager Adam Read, carbon is the

'new black' of waste management and should be much

more central to the local authority decision making and

procurement process. He said that local authorities

should make carbon central when assessing their waste

disposal options because the public "understands that

there is a carbon issue" and is "pushing for waste

management services to be more environmentally


He added that some local authorities use "simple

criteria that have always been used in procurement",

and "most people that do procurement are procedural

- it's all controlled. The minute you put something

new into that mix it gives them a headache".

He said: "Decision makers: they do not want to see

a report with lots of graphs and lots of numbers about

carbon equivalent unless you turn it into lots of

numbers for them. It is difficult for them to say, 'on

that, carbon equivalent is worth x and that is your

bottom line' because it is not."

Read added that members of the public understood

the debate around climate change and carbon, although

they may not understand the link between waste

management and climate change.

• Donedeal

Several companies used the opportunity of meeting at

the NEC to sign on the dotted line.

Plastic recycler CK Polymers signed an order for

a large granulator from machinery manufacturer

Summit Systems at the show. The purchase will

increase the types of scrap the company can processes

at its Melrose, Scotland, site. Costing £65,000,

the heavy-duty Zerma granulator, with added

bespoke metal detector components, is to be installed

in early November.

CK Polymers sales director Ian Clevely said: "The

purchase of this equipment will allow us to greatly

improve our efficiency and widen our horizons on the

type of scrap we bring into the site such as wheel bins,

water pipe or gas pipe, which at the moment we don't

have the capability of processing."

At the show, waste treatment and recycling firm

Graphite Resources officially received the two new

JCB machines it purchased to handle waste at its

£50m EcoParc in Newcastle. The site, which pioneers

the use of steam autoclaving technology, wi 11use the

456ZX wheeled loading shovel and the JS220LC

tracked excavator to handle untreated waste and the

treated/separated materials.

JCB general manager for waste, recycling and

demolition lames Richardson said: "The advanced

specifications of these two models demonstrates the



We caught up with some of this year's

exhibitors to find out what they were up to

• International Tyre and Wheel Solutions managing director Les

Williams said: "It has probably been our best show ever. We've had

a great response, and I've got a big stack of enquiries and quotes to

get through now. We also had a big order this morning from

someone we met at the show." ITWS says its tyres can handle wear

and tear for three years and be completely recycled, while normal

tyres last just two years.

• Fashion designer Emmeline

Child (right) added a touch of

glamour to the Salvation Army

Trading Company stand on the

opening day of the exhibition.

She has been working with SATC

to create new and desirable

garments from used textiles and

clothing collected by the SATC

that are difficult to re-sell and

could end up in landfill.

• Waste and recycling container supplier

Straight launched a bin indicator which

allows residents to signal when they

need replacement liners for their food

waste bins. The BagFlag, developed

for Neath Port Talbot council's food

collections, fits on to the back handle of

Straight's 23-litre kerbside kitchen

caddie, and residents can flip it up when

new liners are needed. Neath Port Talbot

is rolling out the system to more than

10,000 homes on a trial scheme.

• Accelerated Compost officially

rebranded to become Tidy Planet at the

RWM exhibition. The move sees the

company branching out from composting

to offer a range of waste solutions

including what it says is the only waterless

food waste disposer in the world, called

the camel macerator; commercial and

industrial-scale composting systems using

garden waste and animal manures; and its

Rocket composter for food and garden

wastes. Managing director Simon Webb

(pictured) said: "The rebrand to Tidy

Planet is core to our development. The

company has grown to offer far more than composting and the

brand needs to reflect this in the market. We now have waste

recycling solutions for organisations of all sizes and in many

sectors." The company also collected all the food waste generated

at the show for processing in its Rocket composter.

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• This year's new Korean pavilion,

featuring waste and recycling and products

and technologies from Korea, also proved

a hit. The Premium Korea stand reported

that its exhibitors had managed to secure

more than 50 meetings ahead of the show

and, as a result of their successful show,

they have already re-booked for next year.

• Riverside Waste Machinery

was busy offering visitors two

demonstrations a day of the

new Untha TR series of

shredder. Riverside Waste is

the sole UK distributor for the

Austrian Untha shredders,

which are highly regarded for

their design, technology and

performance. This new

series, officially launched in

January, is a secondary

shredder that has been developed to create refuse-derived fuel

[RDF] from domestic, commercial and industrial waste streams.

Riverside Waste director Chris Oldfield, pictured with TR

series designer Christian Lanner, said that RWM was the first

opportunity for the UK to have an in-depth insight into the

shredder's unique features. Some machines have already been

sold to the UK market, and the model on display at the show was

due to be transported to Panda Waste in the Republic of Ireland


"This is the next generation of RDF equipment," Oldfield said,

claiming the machine's benefits include high reliability and

reduced down time, automatic foreign object rejection, simple

maintenance procedures, an energy-saving drive system, cost and

time savings and reduced vibrations. He added that the shredder

came about after Untha contacted all the RDF plants operating in

Austria asking what qualities their dream shredder would have.

They found that users wanted shorter down time, less noise and a

more ergonomic design - and the result was the TR series.

With more companies looking to maximise the value of their

waste streams and divert material from landfill, Oldfield says that

interest in the shredder is high. ''We have already had a very

promising number of enquiries about the TR series - before we'd

even properly unveiled it - and our outlook for the next six months

is very positive."

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• Bin manufacturer Taylor flagged up

its British-made products with a bin

painted with the Union Jack. The

company used the exhibition to promote

its stylish Taylor Street range, designed

to increase 'on the go' recycling, as well

as its new offering of a five-year

warranty on its four-wheeled Taylor

Continental steel containers and the

Taylor Rental facility for private waste

collection contractors. This allows

companies to build up a wheeled bin

collection round without the upfront

capital costs.

Pictured from left: Philip Towers,Graphite Resources

commercial director; Lord Kenneth Baker, chairman,

Graphite Resources; James Richardson, JCB general

manager for waste, recycling and demolition; and William

Thompson, director. Graphite Resources

way we can tailor our machines to the exact and

demanding needs of customers within the waste and

recycling sector, with a range of options suited to

specific applications."

Biffa and Stadler used RWM to sign the contract

for an advanced automated commercial and industrial

treatment facility, to be built at Trafford Park,

Manchester. The £13.5m recycling facility will be

built by Stadler and owned and operated by Biffa.

According to Biffa director of engineering and quality

Dr John Casey, it will use a "unique" combination of

mechanical and optical sorting systems and has been

designed in close collaboration with suppliers Stadler

and TiTech to "operate with very high levels of

automation and efficiency, making it the most

advanced plant in the UK".

The plant will process around 200,000 tonnes of

dry mixed C&I recyclate each year and aims to recycle

in excess of90% of this. It will process material from

existing contracts as well as from future growth. The

facility will also include a number of TiTech sorting

systems, targeting materials such as paper, card, mixed

plastics and timber.

Casey added that the plant marks Biffa's "initial

investment into dry mixed recyclables" and it expected

this to "be replicated in four to five other places in the

UK". Work has already begun on the plant, which is

due to be fully operational by January 2010. Biffa

estimates a total investment of more than £3m will go

into the local economy .

Stadler managing director Willi Stadler (left) signing the

contract with Biffa's Casey


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