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.

Complete Wasters: For when the party is over

Have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish festival-goers leave behind after a music festival? Three people in the know are the team from Complete Wasters, a workers’ co-operative based in Sileby, Leicester. Marie-Claire Kidd reports.


Driving the UK market for recycled plastics

In August, the British Plastic Federation Recycling Group launched a manifesto setting out proposals to reform the PRN/PERN system for plastics, increase the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing and encourage investment in recycling infrastructure. Three industry experts share their views ...


Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, ...


Scotland: Standing on the cusp of change

There was an energised feel in the air at Glasgow last month, as industry leaders North of the border mapped out their future intentions for waste and resources policy at the annual Scottish Resources conference. Freelance writer Maxine Perella reports.



Hoovering up road dust, dirt and debris

With Autumn in full swing, local authority road sweepers are being kept busy with trees shedding their leaves along with the usual collection of debris on the roads. Freelance writer Claire Col takes a look at the road sweeping options available on the market and the recycling opportunities they ...




Looking back at the history of waste trucks

The development of mobile compaction vehicles for the collection of commercial and industrial waste goes back to the 1970s. Tim Byrne turns back the clock and takes a look at the evolution of RCVs along with the waste management companies that have used them through the decades.


Keeping the workforce safe in a risky working environment

Paul Shaw examines the occupational hazards experienced by front line workers in the waste management industry and looks at measures on how to protect them against risks including working with highly combustible materials, exposure to harmful substances and confined space working.


A time for bold actions and political vision

Waste reduction and recycling schemes play crucial roles in reducing the impact of climate change, but while private individuals diligently sort out their recyclates what are world leaders doing to combat the rise in global temperatures? David Burrows reports on the recent UN climate summit.


OSIL launches cold war on bad odours

Odour and air pollution control specialist OSIL’s strong links with academia is enabling the company to lead the way when it comes to innovation in odour control. Guy Forrest-Hay, OSIL's sales & business development director explains.




Moving waste abroad? How to keep it legal

Thanks to rising landfill tax rates, excess treatment capacity in some European countries and excess shipping capacity, the shipment of waste in Europe has risen. Emma Andrews and Nick Churchward at Burges Salmon explore possible pitfalls that face waste exporters.


The Confused.com of waste management?

It’s not often that the terms ‘hotpants’ and ‘waste management’ appear in the same sentence, but when considering all the ventures undertaken by serial entrepreneur Kae Faeff it should come as no surprise. Geraldine Faulkner finds out more.


Kazakhstan looks to the West for guidance

After years of Soviet domination with an industrial legacy that included highly inefficient technologies, Kazakhstan says it is determined to generate half its energy from renewable resources by 2050.


Kiggen plays its part in Spanish Waste

Geesinknorba Spain is celebrating 25 years of manufacturing Kiggen compactors this year. Its production centre in Seville is reported to have the capacity to manufacture 600 Kiggen compactors a year. Tim Byrne looks at two case studies where Kiggen compactors are playing their part in managing ...


Sustainable packaging: Is it truly achievable?

While consumers are keen for brands and supermarkets to use environmentally-friendly packaging, it begs the question: What exactly is sustainable packaging? Should the term refer to a material that can be recycled or does it go deeper than that? Freelance writer David Burrows investigates.


The future of WEEE: What lies ahead?

The European Recycling Platform UK held a seminar in June to examine the future of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) with four guest speakers looking at WEEE from the USA to Africa as well as tackling the themes of eco-design and individual producer responsibility. Freelance writer, ...


A farewell to arms and THAT document

In his final article for Recycling & Waste World on behalf of the Wood Recycling Association, Peter Butt, outgoing executive director of the Wood Recycling Association, explains the association's concerns over the lack of industry involvement in the generic guidance document published by the ...


Will change reignite England's recycling rates?

Could disjointed recycling systems across the UK be costing councils income from valuable recyclates? With Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland beginning to streamline their bin systems, is this why England's recycling rates are falling behind? Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at proposals in ...


Let metal recycling do its bit to meet recycling targets

Ian Hetherington, director general, British Metals Recycling Association, provides an update on the metal recycling industry, considers a possible European end-of-life standard and queries the wisdom of 'light weighting vehicles, i.e. replacing metal with carbon fibre in cars.


Recycling plastics: Is the UK behind Europe?

The recovery of plastics in Europe has improved over the last five years, however as demand for plastics increases, the amount of post-consumer plastics waste has been increasing. With the disposal rate at 38.1%, action needs to be taken to reach the zero plastics to landfill target in Europe by ...


Challenges and double standards in used clothing

As many RWW readers already know, the UK used clothing industry has been going through a difficult period, particularly since the start of the year. Values across all grades have dropped by around 25% to 30%. Alan Wheeler, director of the Textile Recycling Association, reports on the latest ...

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