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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.

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


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

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A stitch in time

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