The Resource & Waste Management Expo (RWM) is the UK’s largest event for the waste and recycling sector and will this year take place as part of the wider Environmental Services & Solutions (ESS) Expo at the NEC in Birmingham on 13-14 September.

Formerly known as RWM & Letsrecycle Live, the event attracted over 9000 professionals in 2022 and offers the opportunity to connect with the broader industry, learn about industry trends and drive positive environmental change.

This year, to give WRA members more time to explore the show, we are no longer holding a Members’ meeting on the first morning but are instead inviting our members to a Waste Wood Market Panel Discussion during the show and urging them to visit us on the Wood Recyclers’ Association stand (R-N211).

The panel discussion will take place at 12.15pm on Wednesday, September 13 in the Material Village Theatre and will address some of the big issues impacting the waste wood sector today.

Julia Turner, Executive Director of the WRA, said: “We are really looking forward to seeing faces old and new at this year’s RWM Expo, where we will have a stand and will also be hosting a waste wood market panel discussion. This will provide a valuable insight into the waste wood market and provide an opportunity for those in the waste wood sector to network with others in the industry.”

Ahead of the show, the organisers of the RWM Expo last week announced the results of the National Environmental Services Survey, an examination of environmental concerns in the UK, which will take centre stage at the ESS Expo.

Among the key findings of the survey, it is revealed that only 11% of environmental professionals believe that the Government will meet its goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Additionally, the survey highlights greenwashing as the aspect most environmental professionals would like to change within the sector. This finding emphasises the importance of transparency and genuine sustainability efforts to build trust and create lasting environmental impact.

Furthermore, for the second consecutive year, image and perception have been identified as significant concerns within the environmental sector.

Meanwhile, 80% of organisations surveyed either have or plan to implement a net-zero strategy. This demonstrates a widespread commitment to tackling the climate crisis and transitioning towards a greener, more sustainable future.

The survey also revealed that funding, rising cost and budgetary pressures, were prominent challenges facing environmental professionals today. The full report can be found here.

To register for your free ticket to attend the RWM Expo, click here.

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