Materials

Looks good on paper

The UK’s paper recycling performance is laudable, but work lies ahead in areas such as improving raw material quality and, as with everything else at the moment, adapting to Brexit, the Confederation of Paper Industries’ Simon Weston reports



Electric avenues

REPIC’s Mark Burrows-Smith looks at some of the potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the WEEE industry, both in the UK and in Europe, against the background of Brexit


When the chips are down

Andy Hill, chair of the Wood Recyclers Association, gives an overview of the UK’s waste wood market



Appetite for change

From actively enforcing the waste hierarchy to simply encouraging companies, local authorities and households to recycle more, Dean Hislop, chief executive of Tamar, explains how the UK can better manage its food waste when EU targets no longer apply


Plastics potential

Although 2016 became a year of positioning and discussion, the potential for real growth and evolution in all parts of the plastic recycling chain remains, says Stuart Foster from RECOUP


Cover-up

Plastic film is only collected by 20% of local authorities and can cause costly problems in waste facilities. If plastic film is ever going to be part of the circular economy, it’s time to make brave and bold changes. Zoë Lenkiewicz, sustainable waste management communications consultant, reports



Scrap battle

Geraldine Faulkner finds out about the state of the metals recycling sector from the BMRA’s Howard Bluck, taking in the key challenges of Brexit, regulation, standards and criminal operators, as well as opportunities such as ‘green steel’


Educate all parties and they will recycle better

Recent research suggests that many consumers are either confused or complacent about what they can recycle and how. Fortunately, however, behaviour change campaigns are having a demonstrable impact, says Rick Hindley, executive director of Alupro, who reveals what the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation is finding in its particular materials category


Aiming high

Scotland has been praised for its bold food waste reduction target, but is it actually achievable? David Burrows 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


How was 2016 for you?

Thanks to the EU referendum in June affecting exchange rates, and the US presidential election, there is disquiet in the UK business sector. How has this impacted businesses in the waste management industry? RWW speaks to three product suppliers to find out their take on the past 12 months


2016: A year of relative stability

Simon Weston, director of raw materials at the Confederation of Paper Industries, reports on the last 12 months of activity in the paper recycling sector


What next for hazardous waste management?

Seen by some as the less desirable side of waste management, hazardous waste disposal is often treated as a ‘if we really have to’ job by businesses. Here, Aimee Postle of environment and cleantech PR agency, Prova PR, advocates the importance of proper hazardous waste management, explores the differing ways in which waste can be treated and outlines what the future may hold for the sector


Reflecting on WEEE issues

Dr Philip Morton has been CEO of REPIC, a UK-based WEEE producer compliance scheme, for 12 years and during this time has seen some significant changes in the industry. From 2017 Dr Morton will hand over the role of CEO to Mark Burrows-Smith, who brings a wealth of experience from the recycling and energy from waste management sectors in the UK and Europe - with previous roles including chief operating officer of Viridor and chief executive officer of Greenstar. Here Dr Morton shares his thoughts on some of the challenges and achievements over the last 12 years.


Recycle to sender

The rise of online retailing of electronic goods brings with it new challenges when it comes to end-of-life and regulatory compliance. A new solution has emerged in Germany that will make linking with recyclers as simple as a click of the button. Michael Gormann, the managing director of European Recycling Platform Deutschland, sets out the solution for the German market and what can be learned from it here in the UK


What's next for metals recycling?

The metals market hasn’t had it easy in recent times, but is it possible to be profitable in the face of continually difficult trading conditions? Marcus Brew, managing director of UNTHA UK, talks quality, quantity and sophistication


Challenges that can't be brushed under the carpet

Significant progress has been made in recycling carpet waste in the UK, and manufacturers, retailers and recyclers alike are working to improve rates, but some issues – such as segregating the waste, encouraging reuse and more sustainable design – still need to be addressed, writes Laurance Bird, director of Carpet Recycling UK


Composites: Tough materials to recycle

Composites, which combine two or more components to make a material that is light, strong and durable, are environmentally excellent in use but a challenge to recycle. Stella Job, supply chain and environment manager at trade association Composites UK, examines how this problem is currently being overcome in the UK


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




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