Project alerts shows to problem of waste

The exhibition industry produces more than 60,000 tonnes of waste each year that includes brochures, show literature and 2.5m sq m of carpet, according to the initial findings of a report revealed last month.

The survey was the focus of a workshop set up to discuss the scale of the waste management problem. The workshop at the NEC is part of the Sustainable Exhibition Industries (SEXI) project. It was attended by representatives from venues, organisers and contractors.

The Association of Exhibition Organisers, the British Exhibition Contractors Association and the Exhibition Venues Association commissioned the report last year (Event, February). The study will run until June when the project group will release further details and make recommendations.

The workshop included presentations by The Environment Agency and David Middleton from the Midlands Environmental Business Club, which conducted the survey on behalf of the three associations. Government-funded independent body Envirowise presented a case study of waste management initiatives in other industries to show what lessons can be learned.

NEC Group corporate development director John Cole chairs the SEXI project group. "The purpose of the workshop was to get people to think about their own activities and to talk through practical steps towards improvement, such as improving the way a stand is designed or making sure waste is compartmentalised on site,

he said.


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