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.

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


On cloud nine

Whether it’s cloud-based apps making workers in the field more efficient on the move and their employers up to date with regulations, or computerised management systems making plants safer, software is bringing waste companies into the 21st century. RWW reports


Left to their own Devizes

Me & My

Wiltshire-based Grist Environmental is perhaps more glamorous than many of its peers, providing services to the events industry including pop concerts (not to mention steam fairs – phwoar!) alongside the usual meat and potatoes of waste processing. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Doctor in the house

The Renewable Energy Association’s CEO discusses the positive environmental potential of energy storage, the fallout of the Brexit vote, why separating food waste is an issue that deserves real action, and the controversial Hinkley Point C decision. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Contamination and confusion

The eyebrow-raising news story about a huge rise in rejected household recycling might have been presented out of context, but there is no hiding the fact that the public are confused just as MRFs are getting pickier. David Burrows reports


The strange case of lost cars and hazardous waste

As the start of Brexit negotiations is many months away, it is high time to focus on some major recycling issues in the EU: up to 4.6 million discarded vehicles disappear every year, and it is unclear whether 13.5 million tonnes of hazardous waste has been treated properly. Lydia Heida reports


What you need to know about business rates

In what has been billed as the biggest change in a generation, the process of the 2017 business rates revaluation is well under way. Richard Farr, partner at national property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall, explains how the waste and recycling sector is likely to be impacted by the upcoming ...




Cradle of life

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s president, Lewis Perkins, tells Geraldine Faulkner about the C2C Certified Product Standard, the history and mission of the group, and the work it is doing to make its philosophy as widespread as possible


Community composting

KPS Composting Services uses Doppstadt trommel screeners in East Sussex to keep its clients – not to mention its neighbours – happy. Geraldine Faulkner pays a visit to the green waste recycler, whose services span much more than its name might suggest

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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’ ...