Materials




RWW visits: Doosan Bobcat's European complex

Machinery is a vital component of the materials handling industry, and getting the right machine for the job can make or break a business. Given the tremendous initial expense, customers expect to get the very best out of their machines.


All hands on deck for safe ship recycling

Ship recycling, when done safely and responsibly, is a complex and skilled operation that allows the valuable metal on board a vessel to be recovered in an environmentally responsible way.





Pumpkin waste is the biggest scare this Halloween

Halloween is now officially the third biggest holiday celebrated in the UK, preceded only by Christmas and Easter. Families up and down the country continue to embrace the annual event, buying and carving more than ten million pumpkins per year.


Dealing with growing volumes of hazardous waste

Jason Houghton, Amey’s account director for commercial waste, asks what the constraints and costs of dealing with growing volumes of hazardous household waste are, and whether the answer is better education for residents or manufacturers taking more responsibility.










What more can be done to tackle food loss?

Moves to minimise food loss in farming are gaining momentum with awareness of the issue growing yet campaigners say lack of transparency in supermarket supply chains means too much still rots in the field, in storage or in transit.



Are three weekly collections a good idea?

Three weekly collections were first introduced by Falkirk Council over two years ago, and now over 18 local authorities have followed suit and are providing similar extended frequency collections. As a result, there is mounting interest about what a council needs to consider prior to changing their service.


Raising the barista

The popularity of in-home coffee machines means something must be done about all the capsules they get through. Big brand Nespresso’s recycling schemes have their doubters, while compostable versions are far from perfect too. David Burrows reports



Running with the pack

How can the value chain be united to maximise packaging recycling? The British Plastics Federation’s head of public and industrial affairs Francisco Morcillo, and sustainability issues executive Helen Jordan, report


Zero waste drive

End-of-life vehicle recycling is in a state of flux. Gareth Williams, marketing and communications director at European Metal Recycling (EMR), reports