Government policy

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


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


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 Maxine Perella


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



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


Brexit: In, out, shake it all about

On June 23, the British public will vote on whether to remain a member of the European Union, or to leave it. What implications will either outcome have for the UK waste management and recycling industry? Matt Clay investigates


That's a WRAP

The Waste and Resources Action Programme’s outgoing CEO Liz Goodwin discusses the organisation’s achievements during her 15 years there - including the Courtauld Commitment - receiving her OBE and what the future holds, both for her and waste management. By Geraldine Faulkner


Budget 2016: A wasted opportunity for the recycling sector?

With the headlines dominated by a new ‘sugar tax’ and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the latest Budget has once again proved fruitful for the nation’s media. What does it mean for the UK’s waste industry? Matt Clay investigates


Kerry's heroes

In an exclusive interview with RWW, Labour’s shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy tells Geraldine Faulkner where she thinks the government is getting it wrong on waste, and discusses the inspiration behind her Food Waste (Reduction) Bill


That was the year that was

Was 2015 a momentous year for you? David Burrows takes a look over the last 12 months, which saw food waste take up a lot of column inches in the national and trade press, a general election as well as the unveiling of the revised circular economy package


Meeting waste targets

As the New Year approaches, David Burrows discusses the major market, political and business forces that recycling and waste management companies (not to mention Defra itself) will face in 2016 – as well as some of the opportunities


How deep were the spending review cuts?

Yes, the cuts in George Osborne’s recent spending review were smaller than expected, but the waste industry will largely feel the pinch. Matt Clay asks who the winners and losers will be in this latest reallocation of resources


Have your say on further cuts

As part of its manifesto pledge to cut £10 billion of red tape in this parliament, the government issued a call for evidence to scrutinise regulations across the waste industry. Ben Messenger looks at where efficiencies might be found and how, in the face of impending cuts, they could be enforced


Subsidies: Going, Going, GONE

The government's first round of auctions under Contract for Difference for dishing out funds to renewable energy projects was only recently concluded, but already the scheme has divided opinion, with critics from the waste sector worried it will favour big (non-waste) projects and disadvantage smaller plants. Ben Messenger reports


Fighting resource scarcity

As the various voices calling for the UK to get to grips with resource scarcity and security get louder, the prospect of an Office for Resource Management seems increasingly likely – and widely welcomed, writes freelance writer David Burrows




Complete Wasters: For when the party is over

Have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish festival-goers leave behind after a music festival? Three people in the know are the team from Complete Wasters, a workers’ co-operative based in Sileby, Leicester. Marie-Claire Kidd reports.


Driving change beyond 2015: The way forward for waste

Waste and resource management beyond 2015 and the importance of reuse and quality recycling were some of the issues tackled at the CIWM and ESA conference last week with speakers calling for integrated policies, a clear roadmap and a reframing of the waste and resource debate. Geraldine Faulkner reports.



Whitehall's waste policy power shift

The government is expected to respond to calls from an influential House of Lords committee to install a ‘waste champion’ at ministerial level in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Could this stimulate the bioeconomy, and what does it mean for Defra? David Burrows reports.


Recycling in Wales: One year in office

Minister for natural resources and food in Wales, Alun Davies reflects on his first year in the post, the achievements so far and what still needs to be done.