Metals

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


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


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


Metal manipulation

As aluminium becomes the lightweight material of choice for many, we look at one project that aims to secure supply, reduce production emissions and keep value in scrap. Justin Cunningham finds out more about the REALCAR project.


Deal or no deal

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act has had some success in reducing criminal trade, but lack of government will – and declining police budgets – are preventing it from eradicating illegal cash payments. Robert Fell, chief executive of the British Metals Recycling Association, explains


Steel for packaging - a CE success story

Alexander Mohr, secretary general of APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, looks at steel’s impressive recycling rates across the continent and discusses the other qualities which position it as the ideal material for a circular economy.


Scrap heap challenge

Ian Hetherington, director general of the British Metals Recycling Association, discusses the current state of the UK scrap metal industry, the trends that are affecting the sector – from falling prices to the sometimes flimsy enforcement of regulation – and what the coming months have in store for metal recyclers



End of life vehicles: Achieving new targets

New legislation governing end of life vehicles, the EU’s ELV Directive, was introduced on January 1, 2015. Brian Gist of TOMRA Sorting Recycling looks at the effect it’s having on the end of life vehicles sector.


What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.


Let metal recycling do its bit to meet recycling targets

Ian Hetherington, director general, British Metals Recycling Association, provides an update on the metal recycling industry, considers a possible European end-of-life standard and queries the wisdom of 'light weighting vehicles, i.e. replacing metal with carbon fibre in cars.


Optimising production and increasing profits

With the recycling sector estimated to be worth around nine billion pounds, high quality recyclable materials are now commodities with baling technologies sitting at the heart of this growing industry. Claire Col reports.


How will TEEP impact local authorities' operations?

Waste management consultants, Steve Rymill and Dr Adam Read of Ricardo-AEA consider the implications of TEEP (technically, environmentally and economically practicable) for local authorities and how they should work their way through all the new guidance that is now available.


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.


Business options for aircraft recycling

About 25% of the current civilian aircraft fleet will be decommissioned in the next 15 years, creating a potential of approximately half a million tonnes of valuable materials and a multi-million Euro business. Professor Joerg Woidasky, Peter Saile and Sebastian Jeanvré report on a unique recycling challenge.


Are UK landfill sites potential gold mines?

In the second of two features focussing on metal recovery from landfill mining, David Burrows looks at the first full-scale enhanced landfill mining project in Belgium and considers whether our landfill sites in the UK are a potential gold mine of resources too.


Encouraging growth in resource efficiency

An economy that is committed to achieving higher levels of resource efficiency is somewhat of a pipe dream right now for those trying to deliver intelligent-led waste solutions, but if an influential group of Conservative MPs get their way, this could soon become a reality. Maxine Perella, freelance journalist reports.


Clever Danes inject new life into waste management

Imagine UK householders no longer having to separate their waste at source and the biodegradable materials in black bag rubbish being turned into a high quality bioliquid that is suitable for biogas production. Fiction? Not according to Danish technology that has just been launched. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Hidden treasure? The landfill mining option

In the first of a two-part series on landfill mining and metals recovery, David Burrows looks at the option of landfill mining and its potential in the UK. With over half a million landfill sites containing over 5,000,000,000 (five thousand million) tonnes of waste, it should offer ample pickings of valuable materials such as metals.


Forschung durch technik: Stay fire free

Fire protection should, first and foremost, prevent fires and fight them. Detecting fire hazards early enough to avoid a fire breaking out is even better. The more so if it can quickly be extinguished before all is lost. Dr Jörg Lantzsch looks at how infrared technology helped a producer of refuse derived fuel.


The need for steel in our brave new world

The UK should create a more robust system to support the recycling of steel packaging in what is a very challenging time for the industry, says Alexander Mohr, secretary general, Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL).


An industry view: How is it going with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013?

The aims of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 have been welcomed by trade bodies, legitimate scrap metal dealers, the police and the Home Office, however, how is its implementation going? Nicola Guest, marketing manager at Alchemy Metals & Carbide Recycling, reports from the coal face of the industry.


Recycling: A process as circular as the earth?

Closed loop recycling and the circular economy are buzzwords in today’s waste management sector, however, what about the way minerals have been continuously recycled over the centuries? Dr Tim Johnson, technical director, Tetronics looks at the role thermal treatment plays in helping to recycle essential minerals.


Issue of concern within the end of life vehicles sector

Two topics currently receiving the attention of the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association are the ABI code of practice on the disposal of motor salvage and the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. Chas Ambrose, chairman, Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association, reports.