The appearance of Walter Stahel on these shores recently is as reminder of the importance of turning high-minded concepts into practical action - and also a reminder that the UK may have lost sight of the big picture
Johnson’s reckless approach to governing could leave our sector, along with the rest of the UK, up a creek without a paddle
It’s time for the sector to speak openlySubscription
The spectre of forced labour has again risen at waste facilities
Campaign group found UK waste in Malaysia in December last year, but prime-time TV has brought the message home
Industry shows it cares about societySubscription
When firms find the time to look up and consider their social responsibility, that is to be applauded
Investors attracted by a sector free from PFISubscription
How will expensive new waste management facilities be paid for now that the public finance initiative has bit the dust?
A willing public let down by lack of cashSubscription
The bottom line is, if councils don’t get enough money to improve recycling rates, public confidence in the whole system will vanish
Mind the gapsSubscription
A number of omissions in the resources and waste strategy have become apparent
Gove lays down gauntlet for resources sectorSubscription
An MRW roundtable, held at Portcullis House in London just a day after the resources and waste strategy was launched, heard from every corner of the industry
Voluntary deals are filling the policy voidSubscription
The past month has been a bit of a roller-coaster for the whole country as Brexit negotiations once again put the Government’s legislative programme on hold
Industry needs jam today, not tomorrowSubscription
What if instead of the far-reaching policies the industry wants, the resource and waste strategy ends up with a series of vague aspirations and voluntary schemes?
Therese Coffey is surely becoming more and more in demand as we get closer to the launch of the resources and waste strategy, but the Labour opposition has been suspiciously quiet
EfW row flares up in a scorching summerSubscription
There isn’t much time for the waste sector to win over politicians – and the public - and convince them of the benefits of EfW
The nation has a duty of care about its wasteSubscription
Not only do individuals have a duty of care, countries do as well
Regulation needed in the right placesSubscription
Sainsbury’s dropping a food waste campaign may not have been the most widely read story, but it nicely illustrates the limitations of voluntary agreements
Sector starts to see some policy claritySubscription
The surprises keep on coming. During 2018 so far, we have been bombarded with policies that had seemed highly unlikely in 2017
Moving on as industry waits at the crossroadsSubscription
The waste sector seems to be at a particular and peculiar tipping point
We all have a part to play to ease the painSubscription
The maelstrom of bad publicity around plastics poses challenges for all.
Public concern over waste is welcomeSubscription
How confident can we be that we will get true progress by voluntary initiatives alone?
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
The show must go on – for all of our sakesSubscription
What now for RWM after its sale to new owners?
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
Renewable energy basks in warmer glow Subscription
I was put on the spot at a recent conference when asked for my view of the energy-from-waste (EfW) sector - essentially energy recovery.
Reducing marine litter is a challenge for us allSubscription
It was tough viewing Blue Planet II this weekend with its portrayal of the consequences of plastic building up in our oceans. There is no doubt that marine life is under threat from a material which, in its everyday use, is a marvel. The modern world would fall apart, literally and figuratively, if we stopped using plastic tomorrow.
I’m seeing greater engagement from Defra with the sector’s travails
National Sword: the lull before the stormSubscription
I don’t think it is scare-mongering to set out fears of bigger domestic waste stockpiles, more fires and greater crime
The innovation and enterprise that has been the hallmark of waste collectors and recyclers over the years while have to make do and mend
We need engagement at this crucial timeSubscription
When was the last time the waste and resource industry gathered at RWM without the spectre of uncertainty? Well before my time at MRW, that’s for sure.
Let's not be dogmatic about regulationSubscription
Many of us will soon be at RWM. What mood will visitors be in as they enter the halls?
Engagement brings promise for the futureSubscription
On reflection, I’ve been too quick to criticise politicians who back popular recycling campaigns
Never neglect the drive for quality materialsSubscription
Seneca: ’It is quality rather than quantity that matters’
Winners take all after giving their allSubscription
The National Recycling Awards mark the culmination of many months of effort from a wide range of people across our industry, and outside it
Gove will undoubtedly do things differentlySubscription
The appointment of Michael Gove as environment secretary has been criticised by some, but there are signs of encouragement for the sector
In the final hours of the general election, the problem of fly-tipping was featured on the BBC Today radio programme – at last!
Time for a united and authoritative voiceSubscription
The ministerial merry-go-round always puts the resources industry back to square one in terms of getting its message across
Manchester's partners seek divorce settlementSubscription
It was one of the worst-kept secrets in the sector that the GMWDA and Viridor-Laing partnership was on the rocks
When the long grass grows ever denserSubscription
The outcome of the general election will have wide but uncertain ramifications across the UK and possibly the rest of Europe. It will also mean policy delays.
Missed opportunities over green wasteSubscription
I have suffered my very own Green Bin Disaster Day with a double whammy over garden waste collections
Dazed and confused by waste crimeSubscription
I am breaking a self-imposed rule to comment on a couple of recent court cases about waste crime that I did not witness first-hand
Valuing our household collectionsSubscription
The debate about the future of household collections goes on, but it seems the status quo cannot be the preferred path towards progress
Every now and again, one of our leading companies engages with a debate which goes to the core of the sector – and it’s welcome when they do.
Watching out for the watchdogsSubscription
We will always need a strong and well resourced EA to enforce regulations and a powerful watchdog to oversee the politicians
Coffey’s wide-ranging speech in a Westminster debate offers interesting insight into ministerial thinking
Huge waste deals are failing the stress testSubscription
Talk of austerity budgets may have diminished with the departure of David Cameron and George Osborne but the impact of their policies is still being felt
A crucial phase in the annual cycle of the National Recycling Awards is nearly upon us.
It all depends how you wrap it upSubscription
Recycling is in the media spotlight during the season of excess (waste)
Mind the landfill tax gapSubscription
Many significant debates on the future of the industry depend on the firm foundation of data: the need for it or getting hold of it
Tackling waste with smart data is keySubscription
A number of unrelated events and situations in recent days have driven home to me the need for more and better data
Platinum proposals for sustainable businessSubscription
Three years ago, Veolia imagined the sustainable house of 2050 – now the company has taken its crystal ball to the business sector
Change is gonna come: but what?Subscription
It may well make sense for politicians to consider switching responsibility for collections from councils to compliance schemes
The danger of losing experience to save cashSubscription
Mat Crocker’s departure from the EA is a reminder that the Government may have turned away from austerity goals, but the impact of spending cuts are still being felt