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Where next for Europe's Energy from Waste?

With calorific value, technology efficiency and output volume now considered imperative to the profitability of energy from waste (EfW), European demand for more refined feedstock continues to increase.

As landfill taxes have risen, and ...

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Is Defra paying lip service to natural capital goals?

When Environment Secretaries clutch reusable coffee cups as they walk into 10 Downing Street, you can bet a green policy announcement is due.

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Political pledges point to a positive 2018

News headlines of 2017 have been dominated by the increasingly heated debates over controversial political issues, from Brexit to President Trump’s provocative Twitter feed.

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Improving the quality of SRF/RDF

The industry must maximise opportunities where RDF and SRF can become a more sustainable fuel source, according to Dr Stephen Wise, waste sector director and waste technical leader at Wood Plc.

Refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid ...


Our industry must fight gender discrimination and sexism

Sexism is a real problem across society generally, and the waste management industry is no exception. In order to attract more women to the sector, it needs to take the issue seriously.

Let’s talk about sexism and harassment in the ...


Hopes and fears for the waste and resources sector in 2018

After a face-paced four months in my new role many of my colleagues have started to ask me how it’s going and my response has always been very positive.

I have found Suez to be most welcoming, with staff in all locations spending time to ...

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