A leading waste and resource management company has announced it is returning as the waste management partner of this year’s Balmoral Show for the eighth consecutive year.

RiverRidge says it has been integral to the sustainability changes that have been implemented by the show’s organisers in recent years, working in partnership to provide a wide range of waste collection and management equipment to reduce the volume of waste generated throughout the show.

The firm will provide a range of bins, skips, roll-on-roll-offs and compactors, in addition to waste consultancy services to show organisers, in order to maximise recycling and sustainability initiatives.

This follows the success of a number of initiatives that were implemented during the 2023 event, which saw an impressive 30% reduction in waste volumes.

Brett Ross, CEO of RiverRidge said: “We are delighted to once again partner with the Balmoral Show for 2024, and to provide efficient solutions for the waste management that an event of this size brings with it.

“RiverRidge has worked closely with the RUAS to ensure we continue to move to a more sustainable event management approach. This complements RiverRidge’s Environmental, Social and Governance strategy and the actions we are taking to become a more sustainable and carbon efficient company.”

The show will see the return of water drinking stations throughout the showgrounds, where visitors can refill water bottles free of charge, and the placement of segregated waste bins to highlight where the general, food and mixed recycling waste goes, all encouraging visitors and traders to be more mindful of waste. It will also see the launch of the new Sustainability Village - a dedicated space hosting an array of businesses and charities that are committed to promoting sustainability within the agri-sector.

Rhonda Geary, RUAS Group Operations Director said: “The Balmoral Show continues to grow, and this year we have over 550 trade stands and expect well over 100,000 visitors to attend.

“Our focus on sustainability is always progressing and we hope to build on the success of last year’s show. We encourage all visitors to utilise the sustainability initiatives that we have implemented, to once again help reduce waste volumes and maximise recycling opportunities.”

The largest agri-food event in NI, this year’s Balmoral Show runs from 15-18 May, on Balmoral Park at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn.