Legislation


Union man

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner in charge of the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, explains how Member States are being helped to address their waste issues



More steps are taken on the road to a circular economy

The EC has launched the largest international platform to promote recycling of raw materials, while scientists have published a report on the materials critical to a circular economy. And the paper industry is planning to invest €44bn by 2050 to create bio-based products, among others. Lydia Heida reports


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


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


The new Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

In July, a consultation was launched on replacing Defra’s Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice, which was last updated almost 20 years ago. Nick Churchward, a partner at law firm Burges Salmon, explains some of the proposed changes


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.



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.