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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.

Riga gets real

With more than one eye on the European Union’s environmental directives, Latvia has established a waste-sorting plant outside its capital city. But there may be trouble ahead, not least the inability of the country’s recyclers to process anywhere near the volumes intended to exit the facility. ...


Riding the storm

Following Interserve’s energy from waste exit, what will be the repercussions (if any) on trust in the technology? And what effect is Brexit having on ongoing projects and projected facilities? Dr Adam Read, Kathryn Warren, Jack Stevens and Mark Ramsay seek answers


Wake up and smell the coffee

The UK gets through an estimated five billion disposable cups a year, but just a fraction are recycled. Campaigners and consumers want action, but will a new industry manifesto be enough to prevent a tax? David Burrows reports


The end of a sentence

Recycling Lives may look like a typical waste management operation. The Preston, Lancashire-based company specialises in recycling scrap cars, metal, WEEE, household and commercial waste, bulky waste and plastic materials – but that is not all it does. Geraldine Faulkner reports


How the mattress sector can sleep more easily

Nick Oettinger, managing director of The Furniture Recycling Group, discusses current trends in the UK mattress recycling industry and what needs to be done by manufacturers, recyclers and consumers to improve standards across the board in order to cope with an increasing rate of disposal and turn ...


Ad nauseam

Writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has declared war on waste and garnered the public’s attention on issues such as coffee cups and packaging. But will reducing food waste cause a major headache for anaerobic digestion plants? Matt Clay investigates


It's showtime

RWW details the highlights of this year’s must-attend waste management show RWM, from the attending exhibitors and keynote speakers to the discussion topics covered and the CIWM gala dinner


Don't get caught out by your business's insurance policy

Cutting corners when it comes to your insurance policy will eventually catch up with you. With the Insurance Act 2015 now in force, Tim Rogers explains what waste and resource management companies need to look out for to stay covered



The difficult second album

Two years have rushed by at Hubbub. Our start-up ambition was to engage a mainstream audience in environmental issues by taking a fresh and positive approach. Having reflected on what we have learned, we have set five broad ambitions for the year ahead, says Trewin Restorick, CEO and founder of ...


The Apprenticeship Levy: the story continues

Information about the Apprenticeship Levy is being published in a series of instalments, much like a TV box set though perhaps with a little less excitement but still plenty to exercise the brain, writes Chris James, chief executive officer at WAMITAB.



The White Stuff

C&I waste specialist Tom White Recycling is building a new MRF in Coventry – giving it a chance to add to the company’s beloved JCB fleet. RWW reports


A bale of a time

Steed Webzell compresses the pertinent facts concerning the latest baling machine installations at companies seeking greater impact, efficiency and environmental credentials – as well as additional revenue streams – from their cardboard recycling initiatives, taking in fashion retailers, an ...


Binning streak

From Keep Britain Tidy’s updated campaigns to tackle littering – a £1 billion problem in England alone – to fellow environmental charity Hubbub’s gamification and voting bins, the industry is striving to keep pace with behavioural and technological change, reports Geraldine Faulkner



Public Contracts Regulations: everything you need to know

The result of the EU referendum has thrown into question the future of the procurement regime in the UK. However, until the UK has actually withdrawn from the EU, the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 remain in force and the procurement rules are unchanged. Juli Lau explains the key aspects of ...


A fresh start?

The Environmental Services Association’s Jacob Hayler explains how the biggest issues cited in its new strategy paper – a fragmented supply chain hampering consistency and efficiency, and lack of innovation in fighting waste crime – can best be resolved. Maxine Perella reports


Driving down waste

Jaguar Land Rover’s sustainable aluminium strategies leader, Adrian Tautscher, tells Geraldine Faulkner about the automotive group’s part-government-funded REALCAR research project to reclaim scrap metal for use in new cars, making them more efficient and reducing their waste impact


Time to take measure

Amidst the chaos created by Brexit, food waste isn’t likely to be top of the new Defra secretary’s ‘to do’ list. But there are still targets to meet, warns David Burrows



Dress sense

It seems the used textiles industry currently faces more challenges and uncertainty than ever before – from doubts surrounding the fallout of Brexit to countries banning imports of used clothes. But, as Geraldine Faulkner discovers, there are some glimmers of light


Out of the shadows

Waste management companies, especially those with extended international supply chains and those depending on cheap workers, may be unwittingly using forced or trafficked labour. But thanks to a new law, ignorance is no longer a sound defence. By Maxine Perella


Metal manipulation

As aluminium becomes the lightweight material of choice for many, we look at one project that aims to secure supply, reduce production emissions and keep value in scrap. Justin Cunningham finds out more about the REALCAR project.


Brexit: a messy divorce or clean break for waste?

Following the EU referendum, and with concerns about local authority funding being withdrawn, along with circular economy ambitions, what are the implications for the UK’s waste and recycling sector? Matt Clay investigates

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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’ ...