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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

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The nation has a duty of care about its wasteSubscription

Not only do individuals have a duty of care, countries do as well

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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

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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

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Moving on as industry waits at the crossroadsSubscription

The waste sector seems to be at a particular and peculiar tipping point

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We all have a part to play to ease the painSubscription

The maelstrom of bad publicity around plastics poses challenges for all.

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Public concern over waste is welcomeSubscription

How confident can we be that we will get true progress by voluntary initiatives alone?

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

The show must go on – for all of our sakesSubscription

What now for RWM after its sale to new owners?

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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

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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.

Robin Latchem August 2015

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.

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Not quite in tune, perhaps, but the mood music improvesSubscription

I’m seeing greater engagement from Defra with the sector’s travails

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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

Robin Latchem August 2015

Our 'Industry Insight' reveals widespread concern at policy vacuumSubscription

The innovation and enterprise that has been the hallmark of waste collectors and recyclers over the years while have to make do and mend

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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. 

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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? 

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Engagement brings promise for the futureSubscription

On reflection, I’ve been too quick to criticise politicians who back popular recycling campaigns

Robin Latchem August 2015

Never neglect the drive for quality materialsSubscription

Seneca: ’It is quality rather than quantity that matters’

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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

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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

Robin Latchem August 2015

Fly-tipping's fleeting moment in the media spotlightSubscription

In the final hours of the general election, the problem of fly-tipping was featured on the BBC Today radio programme – at last!

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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.

Robin Latchem August 2015

Missed opportunities over green wasteSubscription

I have suffered my very own Green Bin Disaster Day with a double whammy over garden waste collections

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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

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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

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By all means review the circular economy - but don't dump itSubscription

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.

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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

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Minister repackages official line on energy recoverySubscription

Coffey’s wide-ranging speech in a Westminster debate offers interesting insight into ministerial thinking

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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

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You know it makes sense to enter the NRAs - DEADLINE EXTENDEDSubscription

A crucial phase in the annual cycle of the National Recycling Awards is nearly upon us. 

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It all depends how you wrap it upSubscription

Recycling is in the media spotlight during the season of excess (waste)

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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

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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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

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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

Robin Latchem August 2015

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

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Being a good neighbour to the new ministerSubscription

Conservative MP Peter Aldous sets out waste management concerns to Therese Coffey

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Those times when you want to 'hold the front page'Subscription

I cannot share with you the short word uttered when we heard that Ian McAulay had left Viridor. 

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Sound and fury signifying nothing muchSubscription

The silly season is not dead after all

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Lee 'reuse' is good news for waste sectorSubscription

Departing chief executive of CIWM stays on as head of Resource and Waste UK

Robin Latchem August 2015

Church offers real potential for Whitehall influenceSubscription

If the CIWM fails to get its voice heard in Whitehall, it won’t be because the right buttons aren’t being pressed

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Can green shoots flourish after all?Subscription

Dare we hope that an enlightened administration in Whitehall will press ahead with its own package of environmental measures?

Robin Latchem August 2015

All aboard the Defra merry-go-roundSubscription

Every year, we hope that Defra’s waste minister will stay in post long enough to make a difference. Every year, it seems, we are disappointed.

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An evening of fun, a year of hard workSubscription

The National Recycling Awards evening goes by in a flash – but it’s the culmination of 365 days of solid effort from colleagues

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Where there's a will there may be a waySubscription

How and when we ‘leave Europe’ is anyone’s guess, mainly because it has been such a revolutionary decision and we don’t do revolutions

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More substance from Whitehall, pleaseSubscription

The keynote speech came from a poitician who remains engaging, charming, open and enthusiastic, but has yet to deliver

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Interesting times, in the EU or outSubscription

Those old enough to recall the 1975 referendum on the European Community must surely be disappointed at the tone and content of the opposing arguments this time around

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A public debate about waste services going privateSubscription

The status quo cannot continue but the best alternative is open to debate

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Council decisions too opaque to decipher?Subscription

It is always more interesting when a report commissioned to consider one issue comes back with conclusions that take you in other directions.