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Leader

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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.

Robin Latchem August 2015

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. 

Robin Latchem 2015 NRAs

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

Industry must keep its eye on the prizeSubscription

Working in and with council waste management does not get any easier.

Robin Latchem August 2015

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.

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

We lose much more if UK steel failsSubscription

Perhaps the waste industry needs the equivalent of the Metals Forum representing all our key voices

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

Different directions on circular economySubscription

The proof of voluntary agreements must surely be how robustly they stand up to difficult times

Robin Latchem August 2015

Minister will need all the agility he can musterSubscription

Challenging times for the sector as we approach the annual RWM showcase

Robin Latchem

When the bottom line is still not enoughSubscription

Waste producers must focus more on the value and use of material resources

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Stark indications of these difficult timesSubscription

The challenging markets in which businesses in our sector operate have again been painfully obvious recently.

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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

Robin Latchem 2015 NRAs

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

Robin Latchem

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

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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

Robin Latchem

Industry's TV stars set a gold standardSubscription

BBC’s ‘Wastemen’ programme generated positive reactions on social media

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Keep up pressure to focus Tories on wasteSubscription

No-one wanted uncertainty in Whitehall after the general election and the voters made sure we didn’t get it.

Robin Latchem

Keep up pressure to focus Tories on wasteSubscription

No-one wanted uncertainty in Whitehall after the general election and the voters made sure we didn’t get it.

Robin Latchem

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.

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

Time for commitmentSubscription

Supermarkets and retailers have to be explicit that the Dairy Roadmap is a core business goal

Robin Latchem

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.

Robin Latchem

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?

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

Keep Britain Tidy is littered with praise...Subscription

…and farewell to Chiara

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Venturing in when the banks will notSubscription

New fund from GIB is a welcome addition to the sector’s investment portfolio

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

Labour should have stuck to its gunsSubscription

It is a shame Labour has not stayed with the policy it advocated only 18 months ago

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

Hierarchy benefits all waste materialsSubscription

Efforts to drive communities and businesses up the waste hierarchy have to match what is possible and practicable

Robin Latchem

Developing a policy to be more politicalSubscription

The growing maturity of the waste sector has much in evidence in recent news events

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

Industry needs a Whitehall championSubscription

It’s been quite a few days for waste management in the UK.

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

The man at the back on the man at the front

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.

Robin Latchem

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?

Robin Latchem

Bad operators pile it on for the rest of usSubscription

Horror stories such as that at Orpington undo so much good work

Robin Latchem

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”

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

Rewarding awardsSubscription

The editor’s speech at the NRAs is traditionally an occasion to reflect on an eventful year

Robin Latchem

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”

Robin Latchem

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.

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

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

Robin Latchem

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.

Robin Latchem

Transforming ideas about wasteSubscription

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes at MRW Towers for big changes to both the magazine and website to give you an even better service