Torbay prepares to ring in the changes

Changing the face of waste management - that's the theme of this year's CIWM show in Torbay which will incorporate two conferences in one for added value

For the first time, delegates will benefit from two conferences in one at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s annual conference and exhibition in Torbay, from 12 – 16 June.

CIWM 2006 will incorporate the fifth International Symposium on Waste Treatment Technologies which will focus on energy-from-waste – one of the hot topics of this year as a result of the Government’s current Waste Strategy Review consultation.

Delegates will be able to participate in free site visits to energy-from-waste facilities including Onyx Hampshire’s plant at Marchwood, Southampton which is capable of handling 165,000 tonnes per annum and exports 14MWs of energy to the National Grid, enough to power 14,000 local homes.

The CIWM 2006 conference itself is based around the theme ‘Changing the face of waste management’. Sessions will cover a whole raft of issues and developments impacting on those working in or with the waste sector.

These include: political challenges in delivering on infrastructure and targets; planning and investment issues; developments in incineration; getting messages across to the public; hazardous waste; health & safety challenges; modernising regulation; hitting recycling targets; biological treatment; landfill technologies.

The conference will feature an opening session with several key figures: Vic Cocker CBE, chairman of WRAP; Timo Makela, director, Directorate G, Sustainable Development & Integration, European Commission; and Cllr Michael Haines, deputy chair of the Local Government Association’s environment board. The conference is run in conjunction with Europe’s most comprehensive exhibition for the wastes and resources management sector (taking place from 13 – 15 June) which has over 350 exhibitors representing all aspects of the industry.

Visitors this year will benefit from a new glazed, double decker marquee with a seminar briefing area and coffee lounges, as well as a new ‘clean streets’ demonstration incorporating sweepers, graffiti and gum removal equipment.

Other key attractions will be the JCB plant and equipment recycling demonstration area, and the continuous emission monitoring mini-LAB live demonstrations.

Visitors can also take advantage of a special offer of three months’ free affiliate membership of the CIWM. Individuals who register online at will be sent an application form which they can take to a CIWM stand at the show.

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Listen and learn

Conference sessions at CIWM 2006 will address a number of key topics. These include:

  • Incineration
  • Public communication
  • Hazardous waste
  • Local environment quality
  • Waste management technologies and legislation
  • Recycling: reaching the next target
  • Landfill technologies
  • Pollutant emissions and gas cleaning

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