Laying the foundations for constructive debate

Walls may come tumbling down at CIWM's annual conference this year, with an agenda built around construction and demolition waste

Construction and demolition is a key theme at this year's CIWM show, taking place 10-13 June in Paignton, Torbay. From waste audits to wheeled loaders, and site waste management plans to sustainable procurement, CIWM 2008 will have much to offer construction waste professionals.

With climate change and sustainability topping the agenda, the management of resources and wastes is going through a period of unprecedented change. The implications of this change for all those involved in planning and delivering waste management solutions and services are the subject of this year's conference.

Over 100 speakers from industry, government, academia and key agencies and organisations will explore the issues from every angle - from the carbon impact of waste management strategies through to the role of communications in maintaining public engagement, and from smarter regulation through to the best ways of financing and procuring future infrastructure.

Reflecting the fact that waste has become an important issue across all areas of business and industry, part of the conference programme will examine the challenges for particular sectors. Organised in conjunction with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the session on 'construction and demolition waste' on 10 June will look at a range of issues including resource flows within the construction sector, recycling infrastructure and standards, and the implications of site waste management plans.

Chaired by Nigel Mattravers, chair of ICE's waste & resources management board, speakers will include: Lisa Eve, senior project manager for Woolf, on sustainability in waste infrastructure projects; Katherine Adams from BRE on a new toolkit for predicting waste production against construction type; Brian Menzies from EnviroCentre on the demolition protocol; and a speaker for Ethos Recycling who will talk about the company's award-winning materials recycling programme for Heathrow Terminal 5.

Running alongside the conference, the exhibition will offer access to the latest technology innovations, products and services. With over 300 exhibitors, the show is attracting major players from the construction and estates management sectors, including May Gurney, Kier Street Services, JCB, Liebherr and McQuaid Engineering.

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