Digging into the menace of illegal dumpsSubscription
It was interesting to see Sky News what Sky News included in a special report on the blight of illegal waste sites, and what they didn’t include
Recycling under threat on key frontsSubscription
Defra insists it will act to address market failure but we are seeing little sign it recognises the severity of the problem
It never rains but it poursSubscription
One event over the holidays that will not have helped get us off to the best of starts in 2016 was the widespread flooding. It has been a nightmare for crews doing what they could to keep collection services running. The longer-term challenge is the political tidal wave that followed the rain.
What we need is new year resolutionSubscription
The MRW team is now on its Christmas break until 4 January. Until then, my final leader of 2015 looks back on the year - as do the monthly round-up articles.
How to win awards and influence peopleSubscription
It isn’t very long until the NRA entry deadline, if you factor in the Christmas break, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out
Industry must keep its eye on the prizeSubscription
Working in and with council waste management does not get any easier.
Europe is shown the path to a Circular Economy Subscription
We may have wanted more but the proposals will affect a wider section of the economy, offering real opportunities for our sector, and that’s a good thing.
Inconvenient truth behind the headlinesSubscription
It may appear churlish to question the Government’s commitment to end coal-fired power stations by 2025: after all, former US vice-president Al Gore welcomed the move
Pushing for more EU pull makes senseSubscription
It would be daft to have higher recycling targets to generate lots of lovely recycled materials without a vibrant, growing market for them
We lose much more if UK steel failsSubscription
Perhaps the waste industry needs the equivalent of the Metals Forum representing all our key voices
Little vision on show over sector woesSubscription
We need action today to support those who will have a key role when the security of vital material resources becomes even more acute tomorrow
Different directions on circular economySubscription
The proof of voluntary agreements must surely be how robustly they stand up to difficult times
Minister will need all the agility he can musterSubscription
Challenging times for the sector as we approach the annual RWM showcase
When the bottom line is still not enoughSubscription
Waste producers must focus more on the value and use of material resources
Stark indications of these difficult timesSubscription
The challenging markets in which businesses in our sector operate have again been painfully obvious recently.
Industry is one step ahead of any reviewSubscription
It was disappointing that neither Defra nor WRAP chose not to give much publicity to the new MRF sampling regime
First the good news – then the badSubscription
There is no other place for me to start than on 1 July in London, and the Hilton on Park Lane to be precise
At last a minister shows real passionSubscription
If first impressions matter, then Rory Stewart has got off to a good start with the waste and resources sector
No cull for gulls - but what’s next?Subscription
There were smiles at MRW Towers when Defra said that one initiative to go because if the in-year cuts was the urban seagull scheme
Industry's TV stars set a gold standardSubscription
BBC’s ‘Wastemen’ programme generated positive reactions on social media
Time to get our resources secureSubscription
By the time you read this, I will be away from MRW Towers on a family holiday so I shall have only half an eye on the industry’s day-to-day activities.
A richer process to find NRA winnersSubscription
I was struck by how our new ‘face-to-face’ arrangement underlined even more profoundly the sector’s best practice
Time for commitmentSubscription
Supermarkets and retailers have to be explicit that the Dairy Roadmap is a core business goal
When doing nothing cannot be an optionSubscription
It has been heartening to see the interest from outside the waste industry on the plight of our plastic recyclers. The fall in oil price in the past six months or so has had an increasingly crippling effect on companies, and we have already lost enterprising companies such as R3 Plastics in Sheffield.
Sense and sensibility when out of officeSubscription
Am I alone in noticing how former senior politicians seem so much more sensible when out of office?
Charged with making waste ends meetSubscription
Councils have produced genuine leadership and great innovation in the face of the biggest cuts imposed on any part of the public sector
Venturing in when the banks will notSubscription
New fund from GIB is a welcome addition to the sector’s investment portfolio
Noises off in the corridors of powerSubscription
It was only a single tweet but it marked a significant development in what seems to be an inevitable slide towards the UK failing to hit the 2020 household recycling target
Labour should have stuck to its gunsSubscription
It is a shame Labour has not stayed with the policy it advocated only 18 months ago
How do we get up to speed on recycling?Subscription
Whatever the future brings, all of us at MRW wish everyone in our industry a successful, prosperous and safe 2015
Hierarchy benefits all waste materialsSubscription
Efforts to drive communities and businesses up the waste hierarchy have to match what is possible and practicable
Developing a policy to be more politicalSubscription
The growing maturity of the waste sector has much in evidence in recent news events
When the numbers just don’t add upSubscription
We cannot afford to give a message to society that dumping waste illegally within our own communities is OK
Industry needs a Whitehall championSubscription
It’s been quite a few days for waste management in the UK.
Is Europe blowing cooler on resources?Subscription
The Brussels machine might be readier to listen to those for whom a circular economy is considered a burden on business
Little new on policy at new-look RWMSubscription
RWM with CIWM may be a frantic round of business meetings, chance conversations, theatre events and social engagements but it is still definitely not to be missed
Communities secretary Eric Pickles attracted a huge crowd at RWM. With huge irony, the event was moved from a smaller venue to the new Circular Economy Connect theatre - ironic because nothing in his speech was about that concept.
Waste landscape is set to changeSubscription
It is entirely speculative, of course, but how do you think the RWM with CIWM show might change if Scotland settles on independence?
Bad operators pile it on for the rest of usSubscription
Horror stories such as that at Orpington undo so much good work
Policies will boost recycling momentumSubscription
“If the minister’s view is that a circular economy is not desirable because the economics do not stack up, then one could respond that it is the economic and regulatory landscape that should be changed”
Don’t neglect sense and sustainabilitySubscription
This is real chance for an administration to appeal to voters by trumpeting environmental strategies that boost the economy
Reshuffle may prove to be a damp squibSubscription
It would have been a shame to miss Eric Pickles at MRW if he’d been removed by David Cameron
The editor’s speech at the NRAs is traditionally an occasion to reflect on an eventful year
Resources agenda must involve us allSubscription
Potocnik said he wished business would talk 10% about the environment for the 90% he talked about the economy”
Fast forward to the finishing lineSubscription
Black Rod’s traditional banging on the doors of the House of Commons this week was the parliamentary equivalent of the bell on the final lap at an athletics event.
Waste is all about the bottom lineSubscription
Walmart’s drive with it suppliers came about because they jointly face a supply problem as virgin raw materials get more expensive
Support all levels of the economySubscription
A simple amendment to the Deregulation Bill would lowest-tier authorities to sell electricity produced locally to the grid
Best practice will not go to wasteSubscription
The judging process for the National Recycling Awards is underway and, as ever, it is an enriching experience.