In-Depth

Recycling & Waste World's In-depth articles investigate and analyse topics such as energy from waste, materials recovery and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling.

The challenges of EfW facilities in the UK

Waste management consultants Kathryn Warren and Mark Terrell from Ricardo Energy & Environment discuss what the real challenges and costs of operating EfW facilities in the UK.


Are three weekly collections a good idea?

Three weekly collections were first introduced by Falkirk Council over two years ago, and now over 18 local authorities have followed suit and are providing similar extended frequency collections. As a result, there is mounting interest about what a council needs to consider prior to changing their ...


Member States are divided on raised recycling targets

Although research shows some countries don’t put their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting higher recycling targets, the EU has funded a few interesting projects, including British ones, and banks have introduced standards for financing endeavours which could stimulate European ...


New political climate offers challenges to green issues

Robin Dyet reflects on last month’s surprise general election result, and where Theresa May’s minority government – propped up by the traditionally climate-change-sceptic DUP and including the return of Michael Gove as secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs – is likely to stand ...


Low carbon, high hopes

Making fuel and low-carbon chemicals – including aviation fuel – from waste gas could be a sustainable alternative to landfill or traditional incineration, thanks to one company’s new technology. Maxine Perella reports


Raising the barista

The popularity of in-home coffee machines means something must be done about all the capsules they get through. Big brand Nespresso’s recycling schemes have their doubters, while compostable versions are far from perfect too. David Burrows reports


You've got bale

There’s a lot to be said for baler installations at prestige companies. Steed Webzell provides the lowdown on some of the latest examples


Incredible bulk

What are the key criteria to consider when selecting a bulk materials handling system? Matt Drew, MD of Saxlund International, reports


What is the future for RDF?

Principal consultant Mark Terrell and practice director Dr Adam Read of Ricardo Energy & Environment consider the changing RDF export market, the opportunities for end markets closer to home, and what might happen post-Brexit



A Russian Revolution?

Russia has introduced a new recycling system whereby all the country’s industrial waste producers must either process it themselves or pay a special fee to the government for the financing of waste management plants. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports



Collecting effective waste data

Jamie Warmington, Simone Aplin and Dr Adam Read from Ricardo Energy & Environment weigh in on whether we are collecting waste data effectively.


Implementing the circular economy British Standard

Dr Stuart McLanaghan tracks the development of the BS 8001 standard and explains what it sets out to achieve, and considers how the principles of the circular economy can actually be implemented in the United Kingdom and abroad


Should I stay or should I go?

With Article 50 triggered, a two-year separation process is now under way to detangle EU regulation from the UK’s. What does it mean for the European workers in the industry? Matt Clay investigates


Sustainably stylish

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway lets rip on our wasteful culture and attitude to litter, and explains the roots of his frugal ethos. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Streets ahead

RWW takes a look at street cleaning, from social enterprise mySociety’s FixMyStreet app to some of the latest machines on the road today


Running with the pack

How can the value chain be united to maximise packaging recycling? The British Plastics Federation’s head of public and industrial affairs Francisco Morcillo, and sustainability issues executive Helen Jordan, report


Zero waste drive

End-of-life vehicle recycling is in a state of flux. Gareth Williams, marketing and communications director at European Metal Recycling (EMR), reports


Army surplus

On Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot, the Army doesn’t just have new living and working accommodation, but a new waste management service too. Geraldine Faulkner visits the garrisons to find out more


Cartridge reuse is key to printers’ green credentials 

Affordability has made the printer a throwaway item for many consumers, a situation that is encouraged by manufacturers that programme their machines to stop working after a certain period and put chips in cartridges that waste masses of ink. Laura Heywood of the UK Cartridge Remanufacturers ...


Round table discussion: The future of waste management in the UK

A number of waste management, recycling and corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialists were recently invited by B P Collins’ team of environmental lawyers to discuss the future of waste and recycling in the UK particularly with Brexit on the horizon. Topics of interest included who should ...




Union man

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner in charge of the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, explains how Member States are being helped to address their waste issues

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