Recycling

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


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


Bin-win situation

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


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


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


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


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.



Nappy valley

The development of a new nappy recycling site in west London promises to reopen the long-standing ‘disposable versus reusable’ debate. Dad-of-two David Burrows reports


Mission impossible?

The UK has just four years to comply with an EU target to recycle 50% of household waste. With time running out, David Burrows assesses the options available for cash-strapped councils


Chewing the IFAT

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, IFAT is a biennial trade show that this year is taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich. As well as exhibitors from the waste and raw materials management, water and sewage sectors, it includes technical lectures, discussions and presentations. RWW reports


Politically incorrect

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK CEO David Palmer-Jones lets rip on the danger of Brexit (as well as the problems the EU has created), the volatility of the commodity market – and the world at large – and uncertainty about how the sector will cope ‘post-landfill’. By Geraldine Faulkner


Teckal'd pink

Some local authorities are claiming major cost savings from taking their municipal waste services in-house. Known as re-municipalisation, is this catching on and what benefits can it offer compared with the private sector? Matt Clay investigates what the future holds for the hybrid, Teckal structure


Mobile phone recyclers rise to the security challenge

As mobile phones and tablets become ubiquitous, the pre-owned market is booming – and Britain’s recyclers are turning the phenomenon into an opportunity, while taking best practice compliance and security seriously in order to avoid handling stolen goods. Chris Pateman, chief executive of the Communications Environmental Regulation Consortium, reports.


Norwegian good

It may be more famous for the Vikings and Edvard Munch, but Norway also boasts the world’s only fully automated waste sorting plant – perhaps not surprising for a country where just 1% of household waste goes to landfill. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Meeting waste targets

As the New Year approaches, David Burrows discusses the major market, political and business forces that recycling and waste management companies (not to mention Defra itself) will face in 2016 – as well as some of the opportunities


How deep were the spending review cuts?

Yes, the cuts in George Osborne’s recent spending review were smaller than expected, but the waste industry will largely feel the pinch. Matt Clay asks who the winners and losers will be in this latest reallocation of resources


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