Issue : January 2018
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Unwrapping the plastic bag policy switchSubscription
The proposed extension of the 5p plastic bag charge to smaller retail outlets in England marks a big shift in the attitude of ministers
News round-up January 2018Subscription
Fine for WTN offence; National water refills; Recycling firm and Kier pollution offences; First AD scheme certification
Review of 2017 - DecemberSubscription
England’s recycling rate managed to rise after plateauing in recent years. The figures also meant that the country narrowly avoided being the ‘worst’ recycling nation.
Review of 2017 - NovemberSubscription
The grim record of the waste sector in terms of health and safety was a major theme in news reports in the last quarter of the year
Review of 2017 - SeptemberSubscription
After the summer recess, Defra’s watchdog, the Efra select committee, raced ahead, with Gove telling MPs that waste crime was the sector’s most urgent problem.
Review of 2017 - OctoberSubscription
Weeks after the industry had repeated calls for greater Government leadership, many were cheered by waste management policy announcements designed to make the UK “a world leader”.
Review of 2017 - JulySubscription
Research from Zero Waste Scotland suggested that councils in Scotland could save as much as £6.2m if a bottle deposit return scheme was introduced
Review of 2017 - AugustSubscription
Michael Gove injected new life into Defra’s delayed 25-year environment plan
Review of 2017 - MaySubscription
Big numbers were in the news, led by the ESA’s latest report into waste crime.
Review of 2017 - AprilSubscription
The national media showed considerable interest in ministers’ litter strategy.
Review of 2017 - JuneSubscription
The result of the General Election caused the full gamut of emotions and political responses but had little immediate impact on the waste sector
Review of 2017 - MarchSubscription
Fly-tipping was rarely far from the news in 2017
Review of 2017 - FebruarySubscription
Rather optimistically, as it transpired, MRW reported that this month had been notable for offering a clearer picture of how Brexit will affect the UK’s waste sector. Or, as we put it, “not crystal-clear, just clearer”.
Review of 2017 - JanuarySubscription
The first household recycling figures to show a decline were digested across the industry this month.
Fund to boost food charitiesSubscription
Food Waste Reduction Fund will be administered by WRAP
First steps to national materials databaseSubscription
Exclusive: Plan to put in the public domain data needed by industry to make investment decisions
Material Focus - Recovered paperSubscription
With no prospect of China revisiting its mixed paper import ban any time soon, many experts had been anticipating a nosedive in values for this grade
Big business grasps the nettle on responsibilitySubscription
Who should carry the can for the increasingly visible problem of packaging waste?
The UK has world-class waste management systems in place to tackle the vast majority of disposed items in the right ways
‘There will be casualties’ – sub-sector concernsSubscription
Concerns have been raised on EA’s fire prevention plan (FPP); warning there will be business casualties
Award for self-calibrating metal detectorSubscription
ConveyorTek has designed and manufactured a high-performance conveyor metal detector that can self-calibrate and work with steel cable conveyor belts
The future is not so far awaySubscription
Some of the changing technologies that are going to drive significant developments in our sector
‘We need more entrepreneurs’ Subscription
In October, Chris Oldield retired bringing to a close almost 50 years in the waste industry.
A successful recycling business operates a series of social and charitable schemes to a value of 10% of its annual sales.
The right AD diet is a recipe for successSubscription
Anaerobic digestion plants are sometimes failing to produce the expected levels of gas. Feedstock management can help.
Why oppose bottle deposit schemes? Subscription
I am taken aback by the number of people who have been queuing up to make known their reservations regarding deposit return schemes (DRS)
Influencing hearts and minds on UK strategySubscription
Slowly but surely, the Government is drawing up its long-term plans for resources and waste management. And, for once, the sector is in on the ground floor
Newham: bottom of the tableSubscription
London’s Newham Council no longer has a recycling target, since the Government abolished the National Indicator performance indicator framework
Nation’s recycling stats are a numbers gameSubscription
For six whole days, England was officially bottom of the home nations recycling league
New fire-fighting technique discovered by WISH group enables controlling waste fire
Scotland aims to simplify regulationSubscription
Change is on the horizon for 2018
Automatic transmission is keySubscription
Vehicles endure tough conditions
First view of electric skiploader conceptSubscription
Ideal for uban or out-of-hours deliveries
Three-stream collection on one vehicleSubscription
Company demands flexibility
Trailers keep polyurethane cleanSubscription
Control of delivery
Swing excavator keeps wood on the moveSubscription
Processes firewood and woodchip
Screener helps with move into manufactureSubscription
Single-size aggregate produced from dredging
Equipment statistics accessed via the cloudSubscription
Manage and control operations
Bin hub helps with segregationSubscription
Four waste streams accommodated
Faster testing of AD feedstock potentialSubscription
Components are calibrated and benchmarked
Baling up a revenue streamSubscription
Firm takes control of packaging waste
Software streamlines work processesSubscription
Designed for waste and recycling
Use all attachments at 180-degreesSubscription
Full functionality of a tilt bucket
Baler cuts cardboard to landfillSubscription
50-tonne press force
Multiple sensors separate WEEE materialsSubscription
Specially adapted vibration feeders
Heading out of 2017 with some hopeSubscription
On balance, and with material prices generally higher than 12 months ago, our industry seems in a better place to enter 2018
Markets - Weekly Prices Update - 15 Dec 2017Subscription
MRW’s regular reporting of movements in the markets for secondary materials
Textile Recycling Association says 2017 has seen an increase of criminal gangs
New Hertfordshire EfW blow for VeoliaSubscription
Communities department tells county council not to approve plans at 20 December meeting
Chief scientific adviser and Defra chief scientist report released after year-long delay, along with specific food waste recommendations