Industry to look at recycling

The results of a survey into the problem of waste management in the exhibition industry that was commissioned by EVA, BECA and the AEO will be revealed at a workshop at the NEC on 13 March.

The results of a survey into the problem of waste management in the exhibition industry that was commissioned by EVA, BECA and the AEO will be revealed at a workshop at the NEC on 13 March. Last summer the three trade associations invested between £10,000 and £13,000 into the Sustainable Exhibition Industries (SEXI) project. With the aid of a Biffaward from Biffa Waste Services, £130,000 was raised to fund the survey, conducted on behalf of the three associations by the Midlands Environmental Business Club. One finding is that an estimated 60,000 tonnes of waste, including 2.5m square metres of carpet, is sent to landfills each year by the exhibition industry. EVA chairman and Stoneleigh Park commercial director Bill Ross said: “There will come a time when landfill sites are full. We now have to think about how we are going to control this.” Stoneleigh Park has imple- mented waste management procedures to address the issue. The Coventry venue now recycles exhibition literature, boxes and palettes, and takes up carpets in good condition after an exhibition to clean and store for re-use or hire. It also uses machinery to compact waste in skips. Stoneleigh Park head of commercial events Carl Partridge said: “We started in December and the aim is to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills by 50%. We see this as a way to save money, perhaps make money, and protect the environment.”

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