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Biffa's campaign to make pavements safe: one year on

It's a year since Biffa launched a campaign to tackle the risks caused by drivers mounting pavements to get around bin lorries. Biffa regional safety and health coach Dave West looks at the impact it has had and discusses future plans.

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What we can learn from Wales’ food waste plan

Philip Simpson, commercial director at food waste management service ReFood, reflects on the Welsh government’s ambitious plan to halve food waste by 2025, and calls for England to follow suit.

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How the UK can counter the proposed Chinese import ban

China is without doubt a leader in international world trade, and for many years has been the largest importer of many types of foreign goods, including recyclables.

Last year, Chinese manufacturers and recyclers imported 7.3 million ...



Mercury, crime and lost cars top the EU agenda

The EU has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury to improve how the dangerous metal is mined, used and disposed of, a project to develop hi-tech solutions to waste crime has issued a report, and the problem of missing end-of-life vehicles has ...


Waste needs to be a safer place to work

More needs to be done to reduce work fatalities and life-changing injuries in the UK waste sector, which has a relatively poor health and safety record, explains Christine Cole, research fellow at Nottingham Trent University.

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Service efficiencies and the internet of things

Dr Stephen Wise and Richard Garfield from Amec Foster Wheeler take a look at how technology will impact the sector in years to come.

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Is it time we took control of our own waste removal?

Managing director of waste removal firm Yes Waste James Scarlett looks at the benefits of using a waste removal service.

It’s estimated that at least 50% of the rubbish we throw away in the UK can be reused or recycled. Isn’t that a ...



Improving your chances of success with EPC

I recently spoke at a European conference on the successful delivery of waste management engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.

It was interesting to observe that many of the delegates related to one of the key ...


Can businesses achieve a zero waste to landfill target?

Waste hierarchy systems were introduced in 2011 in order to reduce the amount of waste arriving at landfill sites.

These rules suggest that all organisations who deal with waste should dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. ...

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