Opinion

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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Why we need to be ready for a circular economy

As we move closer to a circular economy becoming a reality, we need to consider the implications for the waste management industry and its future role – because less waste will require a different infrastructure from what we have now.


Is Michael Gove already a lame duck Defra secretary?

Environment Secretary Michael Gove doesn’t seem to have much of a plan for waste and resources, while Defra has rejected calls to reform the packaging note recovery system.

And cynicism continues in the House of Lords, which has ...


Waste crime: the multi-million pound swindle

Christine Cole is a Research Fellow, Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. Here she looks at the devastating cost of waste crime.

In Britain and other developed countries, disposing of unwanted ...


Moving away from the image of a dirty and smelly industry

As we journey towards reducing and reusing the rubbish mountain produced from an increasingly consumer driven population; resource management, waste recycling and energy from waste (EfW) have become major growth markets across the UK, and globally, ...


Talking dirty

Laura Tainsh, a waste specialist lawyer at Davidson Chalmers, gives her impressions of the ‘Resourcing the Future 2017 Conference – a partnership event by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Environmental Services Association, Resource ...



50% recycling and beyond: challenges and opportunities

To achieve real progress beyond 50% recycling rates the waste management and recycling industry needs closer collaboration and recognition of shared cross-sector goals and challenges, along with a shared risk and responsibility from producers, ...



How do we protect our lands and oceans from plastic waste?

Adrian Griffiths, founder and CEO at Recycling Technologies, looks at the growing problem of plastic waste finding its way into every corner of the globe and promises a technology that is capable of recycling over 90% of plastic waste.


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