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.

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


Collective thoughts

Where there’s trash, there’s cash…at least, that is, if you have the right fleet of refuse collection vehicles. Steed Webzell reports on what’s available


Life-savers

The waste sector is one of the most dangerous to work in, while a disproportionate number of its vehicles have been involved in cyclist fatalities. Thankfully, innovative technologies are improving safety for everyone. RWW reports on some of the best


Still going after all these years

Cardiff Council’s Lamby Way Depot is a poster boy for ultra-efficient MRFs and co-mingled waste collection. Geraldine Faulkner visits the site, which is supplied by machinery giant Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions


Recycle to sender

The rise of online retailing of electronic goods brings with it new challenges when it comes to end-of-life and regulatory compliance. A new solution has emerged in Germany that will make linking with recyclers as simple as a click of the button. Michael Gormann, the managing director of European ...


Raising the bar

Best Practice Case Study

Heineken’s site in Göss – the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral brewery – is home to the ‘Bentley of biogas plants’. David Burrows heads to Austria to drink in the beer-maker’s sustainability story


What's next for metals recycling?

The metals market hasn’t had it easy in recent times, but is it possible to be profitable in the face of continually difficult trading conditions? Marcus Brew, managing director of UNTHA UK, talks quality, quantity and sophistication


Challenges that can't be brushed under the carpet

Significant progress has been made in recycling carpet waste in the UK, and manufacturers, retailers and recyclers alike are working to improve rates, but some issues – such as segregating the waste, encouraging reuse and more sustainable design – still need to be addressed, writes Laurance Bird, ...


Save costs: Segregate construction waste

A waste management plan is fast becoming indispensable to construction companies. With deadlines looming and budgets tightening, it’s never been more important to have a strong, clear plan in place. The proper segregation of construction waste remains a crucial part of that total waste management ...


Composites: Tough materials to recycle

Composites, which combine two or more components to make a material that is light, strong and durable, are environmentally excellent in use but a challenge to recycle. Stella Job, supply chain and environment manager at trade association Composites UK, examines how this problem is currently being ...


Close encounters of the waste kind

From an underground waste disposal system to various worker and pedestrian safety devices, a fleet fuel saving system and even a hydrogen-assisted road sweeper, RWM 2016 certainly did not disappoint when it came to new product unveilings. RWW reports


Politicians should look to industry for answers

As the government drags its feet over Brexit and future waste policy, the industry has an opportunity to come together and push change in the right direction, especially if it can persuade our apparently somnambulant politicians of the link between better waste management and prosperity, writes ...


Tbilisi or not Tbilisi, that is the question

Last year Georgia made formal its policy to tackle the country’s lack of modern waste management, but despite the efforts of an EU-funded programme and the promise of its biogas pilots, widespread change is dependent on actual laws being passed, state aid confirmed and investors found. Vladislav ...


Burning issues

As the EU tries to increase renewable energy use while improving energy security, Ella Stengler of the CEWEP looks at how waste to energy (WtE) is the link between two key policies under discussion – the circular economy and energy union


Blades of glory

Shredding, be it for paper, biowaste, industrial waste or e-waste applications, demands a considered thought process when it comes to technology selection, as Steed Webzell discovers


Photo opportunity

With solar energy systems being increasingly adopted, photovoltaic module waste is a growing concern. Pia Alina Lange, head of public affairs at PV CYCLE, the industry’s take-back and recycling programme, reports on recent leaps forward in tackling this waste stream

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A stitch in time

We need to shake up the clothing supply chain, address issues at the re-use and ...