Leaving the EU would sideline recyclingSubscription
Love or hate politics, there can be no denying the enormity of conversation surrounding the UK’s position in Europe.
Is the EU now past its sell-by date?Subscription
As the vote looms ever closer on whether the UK should exit the EU, it seems as though the arguments have been more negative than positive, with scare stories from both sides and little being offered in the way of a clear vision of what the future of staying in or leaving will have.
EfW myths we help to keep smoulderingSubscription
I am looking forward to the European Commission’s communication on energy from waste (EfW) due later this year – assuming it will still be relevant to the UK.
Sector must face up to six-figure fines Subscription
The widely reported fine imposed on Powerday by a judge at Harrow Crown Court last month will have come as a shock to many in the waste management industry.
A better image will bring big benefits Subscription
Sirius’s forthcoming Making Waste Resonate report recognises that waste is as much a communications business as it is a logistical or processing one.
Fuelling the renewable futureSubscription
The EU is rethinking its bioenergy strategy, and the waste sector can take advantage by supplying more feedstock
Subsidies will ignite district heatingSubscription
While the world continues to strive towards higher renewable energy usage and tries to leave fossil fuels behind, the fundamental challenge remains: renewable energy is simply more expensive than its fossil fuel counterpart.
Understand the needs of othersSubscription
It is with significant interest that the European Commission’s proposed amendments for the Waste Directive under a new Article 8a includes the provision that packaging producers “cover the entire cost of waste management for their products”.
It is not unusual for older licences to lead to a breach of the licence and then lead on to an offence
Does landfill tax go far enough?Subscription
Landfill tax was introduced to the UK in 1996 and was the first environmental tax designed to make other forms of waste treatment more financially attractive and cut the volume of material – those capable of being reused or recycled – ending up in landfill sites.
Circular economy: not yet in it togetherSubscription
What makes the concept of the circular economy (CE) so attractive is that, at its core, circular thinking can be applied throughout the entire economy.
Can a small change make a big difference?Subscription
Phillip Ward, former senior civil servant, on Defra’s takeoever of BIS’s environmental team
Let’s have a conversation about foodSubscription
One of the common frustrations among many of the councils I have conversations with is the generally low participation in food waste recycling services and the capture rates they achieve.
A smarter way to manage our wasteSubscription
There has been much in the media during the past few months about the circular economy (CE) since the announcement of the EU’s circular economy package in December.
Collaborative action is urgently needed for solutions that address the issue of recycling the UK’s discarded paper cups.
Scotland learns from English lawSubscription
After much discussion, the Scottish Government has published its timetable for implementation of the cash ban for scrap recyclers and licensing provisions set out in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act (AWLA), which also covers metal recycling.
Operating hours are too restrictiveSubscription
During the past 30 years, the UK waste sector has evolved from an array of relatively inefficient public sector operations to a highly streamlined set of services delivered largely by private sector specialists on behalf of municipal authorities, residential and business customers.
Why is England failing on food waste?Subscription
Almost two million tonnes of commercial & industrial food waste in the UK is still going to landfill or other unknown destinations.
Chemical imbalance on bio-refiningSubscription
The early optimism surrounding December’s Paris Agreement to limit global climate change was starting to unravel as it faced up to the cold, hard reality of 2016’s seemingly confused Government energy policy and rock-bottom oil prices.
Construction needs circular economy models Subscription
Claudia Jaksch, head of sustainability at Policy Connect, on why moving towards a more circular built environment is imperative
Let’s go for pay-as-you-throwSubscription
Waste collection is essentially the only service we receive that is not charged proportionately to the amount we use - yet we still wonder why it is so hard to bring about positive behavioural change.
The numbers game fails to add upSubscription
Hands up those of you who last year predicted oil at sub-$40 a barrel; a FTSE slump in January; commodity prices close to the 2008 recession low point; and the Government systematically withdrawing most renewable energy support tariffs.
The Big Interview: David BrookesSubscription
One year ago, Brookes became development director at the new plastic film recycling business: he now runs its south-east London HQ.
It’ll be all white in the cement marketSubscription
We are all familiar with the practice of producing a solid recovered fuel (SRF) from waste that cannot be recycled effectively or economically.
Lose subsidies to remove EfW riskSubscription
As we begin 2016 with renewed vigour and extra pounds from the festive season, plenty of people in the waste industry are already looking ahead to the Contract for Difference (CfD) auctions that will take place towards the end of the year.
Phillip Ward, former senior civil servant and WRAP director on the challenges facing local authorities - and why they need support
A change of cultural mindset on wasteSubscription
Following the successful COP21 conference, we have an agreement uniting nearly 200 nations in tackling climate change
Inconsistency undermines recyclingSubscription
This is the perfect time to focus on the main issue plaguing recycling of domestic waste materials across the UK
Let’s work with new RDF definitionSubscription
December 2015 has been a busy time for the UK waste sector, with the EU’s circular economy package being released, the climate summit COP21 considering the state of energy-intensive industries and the autumn statement and spending review announced at the end of November.
CE package remains out of focusSubscription
The ink was barely dry on the European Commission’s circular economy (CE) package of measures before the European Parliament was criticising it for lack of ambition in its recycling targets.
Small-scale renewables need backingSubscription
The Government has got its energy policy priorities fundamentally wrong. In its fight to reduce energy costs for consumer and industry, it has lost its way.
A new dawn against over-regulation?Subscription
Mention ‘red tape’ and most readers will have something to say about the Government’s latest drive to supposedly assist the world of business by slashing problematic and inconsistent parts of legislation and policy.
Building a better future for C&D wasteSubscription
Our industry welcomes any research that can help us to improve our sustainability credentials.
A view from Brussels on the Circular EconomySubscription
The relaunched circular economy package is a test for the Commission’s ability to deliver on objectives and new working methods. Critics will continue to argue that lower recycling targets and absence of a full landfill ban do not match the promise of a “more ambitious” package.
Glass is a clear leader in sustainabilitySubscription
Sector producers have consistently been ahead of the manufacturing industry to implement sustainability solutions.
Investment in waste: James Samworth, ForesightSubscription
Innovations in the supply chain will be required to move the waste industry forward
Investment in waste: Paul Featherstone, SugaRichSubscription
A clear harmonised position for our industry sector would reduce business risk
New challenges - Robert EthersonSubscription
What impact do waste and recycling operators in Scotland feel the Waste (Scotland) Regulations have had, and how will the lower food waste threshold coming into play in January affect them?