Resource efficiency

Implementing the circular economy British Standard

Dr Stuart McLanaghan tracks the development of the BS 8001 standard and explains what it sets out to achieve, and considers how the principles of the circular economy can actually be implemented in the United Kingdom and abroad


Sustainably stylish

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway lets rip on our wasteful culture and attitude to litter, and explains the roots of his frugal ethos. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Cartridge reuse is key to printers’ green credentials 

Affordability has made the printer a throwaway item for many consumers, a situation that is encouraged by manufacturers that programme their machines to stop working after a certain period and put chips in cartridges that waste masses of ink. Laura Heywood of the UK Cartridge Remanufacturers Association reports


Round table discussion: The future of waste management in the UK

A number of waste management, recycling and corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialists were recently invited by B P Collins’ team of environmental lawyers to discuss the future of waste and recycling in the UK particularly with Brexit on the horizon. Topics of interest included who should take the lead to drive the waste agenda; the merits of setting recycling targets; engaging SMEs and how waste should be perceived.



Quality counts

From quality of recycled material to overhauling EPR and the PRN system, to better public education and eco-design, RWW looks at some of the solutions to what many believe is a looming crisis for UK waste management


Blue-sky thinking

Renewi CEO Peter Dilnot tells Geraldine Faulkner about the rationale behind Shanks’ ‘reverse takeover’ of Dutch competitor Van Gansewinkel, and what the combined group now plans to do in the UK and abroad


Tyre recycling's emerging opportunities and threats

New methods of dealing with tyre-derived materials, such as pyrolysis and devulcanisation, are moving this sector forward, but a threat exists in the form of a lobby claiming that using old tyres for turf infill or playgrounds is damaging to health. Allan MacGregor at the European Tyre Recycling Association reports


How start-ups can make the Circular Economy become reality

Miriam Kehl, advisor to the board of Landbell and associate director at the Green Alley Investment which promotes start-ups for their innovative ideas in the area of recycling, resource conservation and recycling management, explains how start-ups all over Europe can help make the Circular Economy a reality


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