MRW Recycling United campaign
In the final part of our Recycling United Re-Ignited roundtable discussion, industry experts consider what makes a good MRF and what conclusions can be drawn. Words by Philip Reynolds
In the second part of MRW’s Recycling United Re-Ignited roundtable discussion, industry experts look at how to improve the quality of collected materials. Words by Philip Reynolds
Is the quality debate still polarised under commingled versus source separated? MRW editor Paul Sanderson gathered six experts from both sides of the industry to discuss materials quality and areas of common ground. Words by Philip Reynolds
Tiffany Holland finds out what happened when Cambridge City Council switched its recycling from kerbside sort to commingled
It is time for the debate on how we can improve recycling rates and quality from all recycling systems, says Kevin Thomas
The “simple truths and facts” backing commingled collection systems - and refuting findings by WRAP - have been set out in a report published by consultancy WYG. Andrea Height gets an exclusive first look
While the Campaign for Real Recycling promotes source segregation, it welcomes a two-stream compromise, writes Andy Moore
The industry needs to sign up to a sensible plan to tackle the quality issue, argues plastics reprocessor Duncan Oakes
Single-stream collection can produce a quality product, argues Ian Wakelin
The UK needs better data when making long-term decisions about the secondary materials economy, says Andy Doran
David Workman sets out the glass sector’s concerns about quality and why it welcomes MRW’s Recycling United campaign
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council uses a dual-stream collection system for its household recyclables. MRW takes a closer look
ACN Europe, the main supplier of recovered paper to China’s largest containerboard producer Nine Dragons, talks to Tiffany Holland about quality
MRW’s campaign should be focusing on carbon and not on quality according to Neil Grundon
Raising the standards of waste collecting would be a boost to paper reprocessors, says Simon Weston
For a number of years now, consultant Peter Mansfield has been advocating dual-stream collections. In this article to back MRW’s Recycling United campaign, he explains why now would be a good time for local authorities to introduce them
The commingled versus source separated debate has been going on for a few years and doesn’t seem to have got anywhere. MRW wants to unite the industry with a compromise solution. Paul Sanderson explains why MRW has taken this view
What is Recycling United?
Recycling United is a campaign run by MRW in the autumn of 2009 and early 2010 and now has been re-ignited in 2011 due to the re-opening of the commingled versus source separated debate. The aim of the campaign is to encourage all stakeholders in the recycling and waste management sector to consider what is the optimum way to ensure quality of material.
The campaign called for all local authorities to adopt at least dual-stream collections by 2020 unless single-stream commingled collections are proven of equal quality at a point prior to this date.
The aim of this campaign is to raise the standard of debate in the recycling and waste management sector when it comes to raising the quality of UK material as well as seeking evidence about what systems of collections work best and under which circumstances.
It has been re-ignited in 2011 to try to ensure the recycling and waste management industry has a grown-up debate about quality based on evidence, and seeks to find compromise where possible.
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