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.

Mercedes' Econic: hi-tech, high value

Select Environmental Services in Reading has become rather enamoured with the technology-loaded Mercedes-Benz Econic. MD Philip Stone explains the vehicle’s benefits for the waste management company to Geraldine Faulkner


Energy from waste's home front

Optimism for growth in the EfW sector has been dampened of late, thanks to a lack of clear government policy and poor planning, which could leave the UK unable to process its residual waste as we move away from landfill and exports shrink, writes SUEZ external affairs director Gev Eduljee


Wasted opportunity

The International Solid Waste Association’s recent report on the world’s biggest open dumpsites makes for grim reading, documenting both their environmental and human impacts. But, like similar studies, the report’s glimmer of hope lies in potential solutions – if the will can be found to action ...


Using technology to tackle waste and recycling site challenges

Waste and recycling machines are built for tough jobs in tough environments, but building a successful machine for the industry is about more than just power and durability. Fred Bell, JCB’s business manager for the waste and recycling industries, explains how technology is increasingly playing a ...


How alternative dispute resolution can help you

Most businesses will actively avoid disputes – however, when a dispute cannot be avoided, a company should carefully consider taking advantage of alternative methods of dispute resolution as opposed to court proceedings, says Natalie Scott, associate solicitor at Slater Heelis


Minsk malaise

Special Report

Belarus, like its ex-Soviet Union bloc neighbours, is struggling to modernise its waste processing industry while landfill sites just get bigger and bigger. The president has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by announcing the construction of major facilities, but solving the problem ...


From Formula One to wheeled loaders

Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire, founded by ex-Ferrari racing driver Jody Scheckter, uses a Case 821F and 240B to process green waste, and now has ambitions to export its compost. Geraldine Faulkner reports


The changing role of weighbridges

Special Report

Accurate weight data collection is a vital function within the recycling, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste industries, with weighbridge management systems playing a pivotal role in providing this essential information. Emlyn Roberts, sales director at Weightron Bilanciai, explains


The new Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice

In July, a consultation was launched on replacing Defra’s Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice, which was last updated almost 20 years ago. Nick Churchward, a partner at law firm Burges Salmon, explains some of the proposed changes


The rise of RDF

The production and export of refuse-derived fuel continues to make headlines, and not always for the right reasons. Kathryn Warren, Dr Stephen Wise and Dr Adam Read, senior technical specialists in Ricardo Energy & Environment’s due diligence team, ask what the potential impacts will be on ...


Have your say on further cuts

As part of its manifesto pledge to cut £10 billion of red tape in this parliament, the government issued a call for evidence to scrutinise regulations across the waste industry. Ben Messenger looks at where efficiencies might be found and how, in the face of impending cuts, they could be enforced


Imagine...

From the Smart Cities project in Milton Keynes where sensors in bins send out an alert when they are full and ready for collection, to ‘product passports’ that reveal an item’s repairability, to interconnected waste supply cycles, the opportunities afforded by the Internet of Things are fantastic, ...


Carrot or stick?

Getting retailers to redistribute unwanted food, and consumers to waste less, is under the spotlight, but England is unlikely to force businesses and households to separate food waste for recycling and, while some are jealous of Scotland’s upcoming landfill ban, others believe more regulation would ...


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 ...

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