Resource efficiency

Quality control

Waste management consultants Victoria Hutchin and Dr Adam Read of Ricardo Energy & Environment discuss trends in recycling quality and the importance of communication in tackling contamination issues


Enigma variations

A log cabin made entirely from waste is attracting positive attention in Scotland. Its innovative creator gives Geraldine Faulkner a look inside


Bin-win situation

RWW looks at how clients and manufacturers alike are providing more effective, cost-efficient and safer bins for the public


Ford focus

Andy Hobbs, the director of Ford’s environmental quality office tells Maxine Perella how the car-maker achieved zero waste to landfill at its famous Rouge plant in Detroit, not to mention at another 76 sites globally


Sharing the load

Despite the UK apparently taking a relaxed approach to extended producer responsibility, the industry consensus is that EPR holds the key to reducing litter, increasing recycling and creating a circular economy. Maxine Perella reports


Aerosol recycling rates show good results

Key to informing and encouraging consumers to recycle their empty aerosols has been the fact that they are now accepted by 97% of local authorities in their kerbside recycling schemes, says Patrick Heskins, chief executive of the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association



Sustainability provocateur

Dr Leyla Acaroglu, a founder of two innovative design agencies and creator of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, speaks to Geraldine Faulkner about her unique take on how products and systems can be tools for change


Fifty shades of reuse

David Cornish, AkzoNobel’s global sustainability manager for resource efficiency, speaks to Maxine Perella about reusing waste paint and how the Dulux owner is striving to make its products more sustainable


After the flood

The severity and frequency of wet and stormy weather is on the rise in the UK, increasing the risk of damaging flooding. For resource and waste management professionals, planning and putting flood risk strategies in place is now paramount, says Nicola Meadows, RWM event director at Ascential Events.


BS 8001 - watershed in the development of circular economy standards

The release of BS 8001 - Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – Guide – (http://bit.ly/2eaXYNw) for public consultation signifies a watershed in national standards development. It represents the world’s first circular economy business-oriented standard, providing guidance to organisations on the steps they can take to transition from a linear, to a more sustainable and circular mode of operation.


At the recycling coalface

The Recycling Association’s straight-talking boss Simon Ellin talks to Geraldine Faulkner about the organisation’s history and its work, and discusses the wider industry issue of quality in recyclates


Bates at the helm

Recently inaugurated CIWM president Margaret Bates tells Geraldine Faulkner why the subject of waste management is genuinely fascinating, and what some of the answers might be, such as ‘pay-as-you-throw’. Just don’t compare her to Maggie Thatcher


Save costs: Segregate construction waste

A waste management plan is fast becoming indispensable to construction companies. With deadlines looming and budgets tightening, it’s never been more important to have a strong, clear plan in place. The proper segregation of construction waste remains a crucial part of that total waste management strategy, writes Paul Cox, managing director at waste management specialist Reconomy


Tbilisi or not Tbilisi, that is the question

Last year Georgia made formal its policy to tackle the country’s lack of modern waste management, but despite the efforts of an EU-funded programme and the promise of its biogas pilots, widespread change is dependent on actual laws being passed, state aid confirmed and investors found. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


Photo opportunity

With solar energy systems being increasingly adopted, photovoltaic module waste is a growing concern. Pia Alina Lange, head of public affairs at PV CYCLE, the industry’s take-back and recycling programme, reports on recent leaps forward in tackling this waste stream


Contamination and confusion

The eyebrow-raising news story about a huge rise in rejected household recycling might have been presented out of context, but there is no hiding the fact that the public are confused just as MRFs are getting pickier. David Burrows reports


Cradle of life

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s president, Lewis Perkins, tells Geraldine Faulkner about the C2C Certified Product Standard, the history and mission of the group, and the work it is doing to make its philosophy as widespread as possible


Riga gets real

With more than one eye on the European Union’s environmental directives, Latvia has established a waste-sorting plant outside its capital city. But there may be trouble ahead, not least the inability of the country’s recyclers to process anywhere near the volumes intended to exit the facility. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


The end of a sentence

Recycling Lives may look like a typical waste management operation. The Preston, Lancashire-based company specialises in recycling scrap cars, metal, WEEE, household and commercial waste, bulky waste and plastic materials – but that is not all it does. Geraldine Faulkner reports


How the mattress sector can sleep more easily

Nick Oettinger, managing director of The Furniture Recycling Group, discusses current trends in the UK mattress recycling industry and what needs to be done by manufacturers, recyclers and consumers to improve standards across the board in order to cope with an increasing rate of disposal and turn crisis into opportunity


It's showtime

RWW details the highlights of this year’s must-attend waste management show RWM, from the attending exhibitors and keynote speakers to the discussion topics covered and the CIWM gala dinner



The difficult second album

Two years have rushed by at Hubbub. Our start-up ambition was to engage a mainstream audience in environmental issues by taking a fresh and positive approach. Having reflected on what we have learned, we have set five broad ambitions for the year ahead, says Trewin Restorick, CEO and founder of environmental charity Hubbub.