RWM, the UK’s largest recycling and waste management event takes place at Birmingham’s NEC, 12-13 September.


Waste Matters Theatre

Alongside our generous sponsors Dsposal, WasteAid will be co-hosting the Waste Matters Theatre and digging deep into where responsibility for waste really lies.

  • Do you think it’s right that businesses put thousands of tonnes of packaging into countries with no waste management?
  • Should brands be responsible for post-consumer packaging waste?
  • How can you be confident that your waste isn’t going to be illegally dumped down the road… or half way around the world?
  • Do we all have a role to play in fighting waste crime?

CIWM President, Professor David C Wilson MBE, will be giving the opening address at Waste Matters, Theatre 14. Having contributed his life’s work to improving waste management in lower-income countries, Prof Wilson has leveraged his presidency of CIWM to put a spotlight on the topic.

Before lunch, WasteAid will chair a panel discussion on global responsibility for post-consumer waste. Featuring former ISWA President David Newman, James Beard of international environmental compliance firm Valpak, and Joanne Green, Senior Policy Associate at the impactful charity Tearfund, this hot topic debate will uncover iniquities of waste around the world.


Tip of the binberg

In practice, waste policy is only as strong as its enforcement.

Dr Jane Beasley will take the stage to talk about her research for Dsposal on the thorny issue of waste crime. Illegal disposal and dumping costs the UK alone millions and does irreparable harm to the environment. Dsposal’s online platform provides a sure-fire way to know your waste is being handled legally, at the click of a button.

Launching their service this year, Manchester duo Sophie Walker and Tom Passmore (pictured) have been overwhelmingly supportive of WasteAid, recognising that waste crime knows no borders.

Encouraging a culture of duty of care will form the key topic for the afternoon’s panel discussion.

Chaired by Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive of the Resource Association, the debate will include speakers from Dsposal, the UK Government’s Head of Waste Regulation and Crime, Newham Council, waste management company Viridor and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Day 1 will be rounded off by Michelle Cassar of City to Sea, with a talk titled: “From local to global – how can we connect local consumers with the global impact of their consumption?”

Interested in joining the WasteAid team?

Join us on Day 2 at the WASTE MATTERS theatre

Zoë Lenkiewicz be aiming to inspire you with some of the innovate recycling approaches WasteAid’s partners have developed in Africa, South East Asia and South America.

The Waste Matters theatre will host a WasteAid Supporters’ Network event led by Mike Webster, voted most influential waste manager of 2018. Anyone who is interested in finding out more about how they can get involved is welcome to join the team for an informal workshop. From workplace fundraising to providing professional skills in developing countries, there are opportunities for everyone.

Photography exhibition: “The Wonders of Waste”

The Waste Matters Theatre, hosted by WasteAid in partnership with our sponsors Dsposal, will feature an exhibition of the winning 12 entries to the WasteAid photography competition on the theme “The Wonders of Waste“.

Come and feast your eyes, be amused, inspired and captivated by the striking and diverse images of recycling from around the world.

With interpretations of “the wonders of waste” from Botswana, China, Ghana, Haiti, India, Italy, Nigeria, Romania, Sierra Leone, the stunning collection of photos will be also presented in a limited edition WasteAid 2019 calendar. Available to buy at RWM (and later online), all the proceeds from the calendar will support the spread of recycling skills where they are most needed.

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