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.

Scrap battle

Geraldine Faulkner finds out about the state of the metals recycling sector from the BMRA’s Howard Bluck, taking in the key challenges of Brexit, regulation, standards and criminal operators, as well as opportunities such as ‘green steel’


Swept away

Steed Webzell casts his eye over the latest street sweeping/cleaning technologies, discovering that correct product selection really can give inefficiency the brush-off


Bin there, driven that

RWW takes a look at what private and public sector clients are choosing in the way of refuse collection vehicles


Educate all parties and they will recycle better

Recent research suggests that many consumers are either confused or complacent about what they can recycle and how. Fortunately, however, behaviour change campaigns are having a demonstrable impact, says Rick Hindley, executive director of Alupro, who reveals what the Aluminium Packaging Recycling ...


Recovering your losses when advice turns bad

When you act on advice from a professional and things go wrong, you can seek redress, but time is against you. Sarah Perry explains how to recover your losses when you pay someone for investment advice that is poor or fraudulent


Brussels ends 2016 with a flurry of positive activity

The EU is making progress when it comes to the recycling of plastic and glass. Also, steps are being taken to address one of the largest waste streams in member states: construction and demolition. However, the Union is still penny-pinching on the funding of recycling projects.


Brexit: A death knell for the circular economy?

At this point after the referendum, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. Caroline Hand at Wolters Kluwer looks at the options and makes some tentative predictions as to how the circular economy will fare in the UK


Fifty shades of reuse

David Cornish, AkzoNobel’s global sustainability manager for resource efficiency, speaks to Maxine Perella about reusing waste paint and how the Dulux owner is striving to make its products more sustainable


Aiming high

Scotland has been praised for its bold food waste reduction target, but is it actually achievable? David Burrows reports


Fuelling a revolution

Last month’s launch of a commercial demonstration plant for BioSNG could be pivotal to the country’s future green gas production. Geraldine Faulkner goes to Swindon to see the unveiling of a world-first


Bales of the unexpected

GBN Services, which separates materials to produce refuse- derived fuel in London and the home counties, recently invested in Dicom Paal’s Dokon 275H baler – ‘the first of its kind in the UK’ – at its Basildon site. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Eliminating explosive dangers

Kevin Spiess of BS&B Safety Systems explains why the recycling industry must protect itself from dust explosion risk, and how it can do so


2016: The good, the bad and the ugly

2016 has been what you might call an annus inopinatum – an unexpected year (though with the UK voting out of the EU and the US voting in DT, many readers may well want to stick with annus horribilis). David Burrows picks the key stories and quotes from each month’s RWW


Less is more

Nick Ball, managing director of waste extraction and separation specialist Impact Air Systems, gives the lowdown on a study carried out on the new loss on ignition testing and regulations


How was 2016 for you?

Thanks to the EU referendum in June affecting exchange rates, and the US presidential election, there is disquiet in the UK business sector. How has this impacted businesses in the waste management industry? RWW speaks to three product suppliers to find out their take on the past 12 months


2016: A year of relative stability

Simon Weston, director of raw materials at the Confederation of Paper Industries, reports on the last 12 months of activity in the paper recycling sector


What next for hazardous waste management?

Seen by some as the less desirable side of waste management, hazardous waste disposal is often treated as a ‘if we really have to’ job by businesses. Here, Aimee Postle of environment and cleantech PR agency, Prova PR, advocates the importance of proper hazardous waste management, explores the ...


Reflecting on WEEE issues

Dr Philip Morton has been CEO of REPIC, a UK-based WEEE producer compliance scheme, for 12 years and during this time has seen some significant changes in the industry. From 2017 Dr Morton will hand over the role of CEO to Mark Burrows-Smith, who brings a wealth of experience from the recycling and ...


After the flood

The severity and frequency of wet and stormy weather is on the rise in the UK, increasing the risk of damaging flooding. For resource and waste management professionals, planning and putting flood risk strategies in place is now paramount, says Nicola Meadows, RWM event director at Ascential Events.



BS 8001 - watershed in the development of circular economy standards

The release of BS 8001 - Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – Guide – (http://bit.ly/2eaXYNw) for public consultation signifies a watershed in national standards development. It represents the world’s first circular economy business-oriented standard, ...


CEP's progress, shipment bogeymen and Ukraine

The development of a final version of the Circular Economy Package is slowly moving forward, while European waste shipment inspections have shown that Germany, Switzerland and Scotland are the biggest violators of EU law. In the meantime, potential member state Ukraine is going for EU-style waste ...


Preventing bribery in the waste industry

Waste crime is high on the agenda for the waste management industry, but recent attention has been on general waste offences, which is one of the biggest problems for the sector, rather than bribery. Thomas Webb, director of fraud and white collar crime at independent UK law firm, Burges Salmon, ...


At the recycling coalface

The Recycling Association’s straight-talking boss Simon Ellin talks to Geraldine Faulkner about the organisation’s history and its work, and discusses the wider industry issue of quality in recyclates


Bates at the helm

Recently inaugurated CIWM president Margaret Bates tells Geraldine Faulkner why the subject of waste management is genuinely fascinating, and what some of the answers might be, such as ‘pay-as-you-throw’. Just don’t compare her to Maggie Thatcher

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Anaerobics display

ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton explains anaerobic digestion’s current and ...


Blue-sky thinking

Renewi CEO Peter Dilnot tells Geraldine Faulkner about the rationale behind Shanks’ ...