RWM offers ray of light

Last week I had my first taste of the biggest waste and recycling industry event of the year – the RWM in partnership with CIWM exhibition at Birmingham's NEC.

And what an introduction it was! The exhibition halls, which were big enough to house some serious industrial-sized hardware, were jam packed with exhibiters catering to all aspects of this fast growing sector. If proof was needed that this industry is alive and well, then this was it, with visitor numbers up a staggering 38% on last year.

In fact, as the gloom hanging over the global financial markets threatens to further spoil what can only be described as another summer wash out, there appears to be real hope for growth in the waste and recycling industry. On my visits to meet clients I was struck by quite how upbeat most of them were despite the grim forecast for the economy as a whole.

While it's true that some sectors in the waste and recycling industry are clearly seeing a downturn in business, and who knows if this is a temporary blip or something more long-term, the vast majority of exhibitors told me how attending this mother of all events had paid real dividends. The point was brought home when one excited exhibitor held up a wad of orders for the company's machinery.

We all need to share in these good news stories because they show that there are still rays of sunlight in the dark clouds ahead. Economic growth in this country may be sluggish at best, but the waste and recycling industry really should be doing more to shout about the success stories in this sector. What they prove is that there are huge opportunities for growth and that's what we need to see and hear.

Nick Warburton

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