Plastics






Solving the UK's plastic problem

The UK has a problem when it comes to plastic, thanks to China’s tougher stance on importing it, the high cost of processing it and growing concern around issues such as marine litter.







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


Plastics recycling requires bigger and faster thinking

There is real potential for improvements and evolution in all parts of the plastic recycling chain, but leadership and actions, including around government, producer and consumer responsibilities, as well as addressing materials quality and the effectiveness of messaging, are now becoming critical, explains Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP


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


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


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


PRE View

Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) takes place again this year as part of the PDM Event (Plastics Design & Moulding) on June 14 and 15 at the Telford International Centre. RWW takes a look at some of the highlights in store for attendees at both the exhibition and the conference


A clean sweep?

The figures in a new study on pre-production pellet loss into the marine environment are far from perfect. But the argument from industry that this means there isn’t a problem is a little hard to swallow, says David Burrows


Thinking outside the box

Peter Clayson explains how recycled corrugated and plastics packaging specialist DS Smith has continued to succeed while others have fallen by the wayside, and its goal to become the leading supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods. By Geraldine Faulkner


Riding the wave of waste M&As

Now a multi-billion-pound industry, UK waste and recycling is attracting attention from both local and international investors. However, having had a quiet start to the year compared with 2014, will merger and acquisition activity pick up? Matt Clay investigates


Plastics problem rises to the surface

Marine litter is currently one of the sexier environmental topics, with the focus on bottles and bags in particular. But behind those headline-grabbers lurks a material that has slipped under the radar and out into the sea. David Burrows reports on what the UN, the plastics industry and others are doing about it


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.