In-Depth

Recycling & Waste World's In-depth articles investigate and analyse topics such as energy from waste, materials recovery and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling.

Ten times more WEEE is mismanaged within Europe, says report

A two-year investigation into countering illegal exports of WEEE across Europe has revealed that 10 times more WEEE is mismanaged and discarded within Europe itself than the actual volume exported. According to the report, some 4.7 million tonnes of WEEE was wrongfully or illegally traded in the ...


Recycling rates in Wales rise again

Brian Mayne, regional director, resource efficiency & waste management @ Ricardo-AEA looks at how recycling rates in Wales for municipal waste (recycling collected mainly from householders) have risen.


Subsidies: Going, Going, GONE

The government's first round of auctions under Contract for Difference for dishing out funds to renewable energy projects was only recently concluded, but already the scheme has divided opinion, with critics from the waste sector worried it will favour big (non-waste) projects and disadvantage ...


Scrap heap challenge

Ian Hetherington, director general of the British Metals Recycling Association, discusses the current state of the UK scrap metal industry, the trends that are affecting the sector – from falling prices to the sometimes flimsy enforcement of regulation – and what the coming months have in store for ...


Testing times for waste handling

The introduction of taxation on trommel fines has left a lot of people scratching their heads, but luckily there are experts out there unpicking the mystery. Claire Coll asks them for answers on testing times for all involved, from the construction firms to the landfill operators


Plastics problem rises to the surface

Marine litter is currently one of the sexier environmental topics, with the focus on bottles and bags in particular. But behind those headline-grabbers lurks a material that has slipped under the radar and out into the sea. David Burrows reports on what the UN, the plastics industry and others are ...


Swedish systems in deepest Dorset

Me & My

Eco Sustainable Solutions swears by Volvo's machinery to help the company process green and food waste. Geraldine Faulkner visits the family business's site in Parley, Dorset, to find out more


Don't try to reinvent the energy from waste wheel

Why are established renewable energy technologies being sidelined by emerging ones when it comes to funding and policy support - even when the evidence and experience are that existing methods are more efficient than gasification and ATT? Simon Allin, business development director of sales at ...



The French Revolution

Maxine Perella talks to the French councillor whose groundbreaking food waste campaign has brought about major legislative change across the Channel, and asks if a similar law – forcing retailers to give their surplus food to charities – could work in the UK


Threats to the UK's used textiles sector

The value of used clothing remains depressed, partly due to UK textile bank operators facing much higher charges than their continental counterparts. But one major issue stands out – the push in East Africa to ban clothing imports in a misguided attempt to protect the area’s textile industry. Alan ...


Taking a frank and earnest look at energy from waste

Delegates at an energy from waste event last month heard how the sector is being sidelined by other government priorities such as a preference for wind – but the EfW sector can fight its corner by proving its value, forming strong partnerships with financers and being more innovative. Geraldine ...


Count on WEEE

A report by the United Nations University has warned that global e-waste will reach 50 million tonnes by 2018 – and the UK is among the top five per capita producers. Dr Philip Morton, chief executive of REPIC, WEEE Forum president and director of WEEE Europe, shares his thoughts




Big waste issues in little Gambia

Rubbish collection and sorting in Africa’s smallest nation is rudimentary to say the least, but measures are being taken at home and from abroad to help the local population emerge from its quagmire. Louise Hunt meets those on the front line of efforts to bring Gambia’s waste management into the ...


Stuck on recycling

The manufacture of silicone release paper might sound a low-key business, but it is used in everything from wind turbines to F1 cars. Geraldine Faulkner finds out how Techlan is making its version as sustainable as possible


Muckit reaps the rewards of screening

In Essex, haulage company Muckit is using a Powerscreen Chieftain 2100X mobile screener at its Barking Riverside Recycling Park site to produce high quality shingle from construction waste for discerning clients. Geraldine Faulkner reports


RDF: Better out than in?

New waste to energy capacity is expected to offset increases in refuse derived fuel production and stabilise the rapid growth in exports. Ben Messenger looks at how new facilities in the UK could affect the market and whether we should be doing more with our waste domestically


Is there such a thing as 'light-fingered recycling'?

"What's the best thing you've ever 'liberated' from your neigbours' rubbish?" – A question that has opened a door into a strange world of light-fingered recycling and threats of legal action. Mark Hall from BusinessWaste.co.uk found British people grabbing lawnmowers, record collections, goldfish ...


Will Ukraine ever come clean?

Economic crisis and the conflict with Russia have compelled Ukraine to abandon its ‘Clean City’ project, which would have seen the creation of the country’s first modern waste-processing facilities. Vladislav Vorotnikov traces the rise and fall of the scheme, and scopes the prospects of any future ...




A virtuous circle

Best Practice Case Study

Recycling is inherently CSR-oriented, so why not combine the business with active charity work? Look no further than Recycling Lives and its enthusiastic founder Steve Jackson, says Geraldine Faulkner


Fighting resource scarcity

As the various voices calling for the UK to get to grips with resource scarcity and security get louder, the prospect of an Office for Resource Management seems increasingly likely – and widely welcomed, writes freelance writer David Burrows

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