Opinion

Recycling & Waste World's opinion articles bring you the latest industry expert and editorial points of view on recycling and waste management on topics such as energy from waste, anaerobic digestion, waste collection and more.


Chancellor serves up food for thought to waste sector

The Budget contained new landfill tax rates, a consultation on upping fines for fly-tippers and, controversially, plans for higher statutory packaging targets. Meanwhile, an inquiry has been launched into plastic bottle and coffee cup waste, and there are calls for a post-Brexit rethink on UK ...


London can show world how green cities work

Our capital is far from perfect when it comes to recycling, waste prevention and sustainability, but the Mayor’s green ambitions are both laudable and realistic – and if achieved would make us an exemplar for other cities to follow, says Dr Liz Goodwin, chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board







Round and round we go – hop on the resources roundabout!

Each month, Dr Adam Read, practice director for resource efficiency & waste management @ Ricardo Energy & Environment discusses the big issues from his point of view, and this month reflects on the progress being made as the UK transitions towards a circular economy, and what more can be done for ...


Plastic recycling: A trader's perspective

Recycled plastic, by virtue of its non-standardised nature, is usually difficult to buy and sell internationally due to the many uncertainties surrounding any given consignment, reports John Hartley of Ecosky UK.


We must not allow Defra to be distracted by Brexit

Defra’s recent ‘WACky’ decision to continue to allow some hazardous waste to go to landfill may be a harbinger of post-Brexit reality and raises questions about the government’s commitment to the wider waste hierarchy, which means the industry needs to stay alert and keep campaigning, writes ...


Why Wales is leading the way on sustainability

Lesley Griffiths, the Welsh government’s cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, sets out the country’s waste management achievements so far and explains how it intends to make the sustainable use of resources a real priority, whether that be through better product design or a zero ...


Bringing your services in-house. Is it too good to be true?

Each month, Dr Adam Read, practice director for resource efficiency & waste management at Ricardo Energy & Environment discusses the big issues from his point of view, and this month reflects on the momentum which is still building behind the in-sourcing debate, something he first discussed on this ...




Has Defra acquired a new sense of purpose?

When Brexit finally happens, Defra, like its other departmental counterparts, will be busy deciding which EU laws to keep on the British statute books and which to either alter or scrap completely, which provides both opportunity for effective reform, and uncertainty for the waste management ...


The outlook for energy from waste in the UK

Chris Holmes, head of waste and bioenergy at UK Green Investment Bank, examines what 2017 holds for the EfW industry amid the likely end of local authority-backed projects, the demise of subsidies and increasing competitiveness of contracts for difference, finding the answer may lie in the C&I ...






Small businesses can play a key part in carbon reduction

As a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses claims that one in 10 of all small businesses in the UK now produce their own electricity, Johan Ostlund, director at CooperOstlund, calls for the greater uptake and support of combined heat and power (CHP) technology.


Food waste is a battle we can win by working together

“Where there is unity there is always victory,” wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC. So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn’t mean we are losing. It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste, says Marcus Gover, chief executive of ...



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