Government policy

Lithuania's waste divide

Lithuania seems to be at odds with itself over waste management, striving to reach an ambitious recycling target while at the same time planning to build more incineration plants.

Member States are divided on raised recycling targets

Although research shows some countries don’t put their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting higher recycling targets, the EU has funded a few interesting projects, including British ones, and banks have introduced standards for financing endeavours which could stimulate European ship recycling. Lydia Heida reports

New political climate offers challenges to green issues

Robin Dyet reflects on last month’s surprise general election result, and where Theresa May’s minority government – propped up by the traditionally climate-change-sceptic DUP and including the return of Michael Gove as secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs – is likely to stand on waste management policy

Brussels ends 2016 with a flurry of positive activity

The EU is making progress when it comes to the recycling of plastic and glass. Also, steps are being taken to address one of the largest waste streams in member states: construction and demolition. However, the Union is still penny-pinching on the funding of recycling projects.

Brexit: A death knell for the circular economy?

At this point after the referendum, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty. Caroline Hand at Wolters Kluwer looks at the options and makes some tentative predictions as to how the circular economy will fare in the UK

2016: The good, the bad and the ugly

2016 has been what you might call an annus inopinatum – an unexpected year (though with the UK voting out of the EU and the US voting in DT, many readers may well want to stick with annus horribilis). David Burrows picks the key stories and quotes from each month’s RWW

Politicians should look to industry for answers

As the government drags its feet over Brexit and future waste policy, the industry has an opportunity to come together and push change in the right direction, especially if it can persuade our apparently somnambulant politicians of the link between better waste management and prosperity, writes Maxine Perella

The strange case of lost cars and hazardous waste

As the start of Brexit negotiations is many months away, it is high time to focus on some major recycling issues in the EU: up to 4.6 million discarded vehicles disappear every year, and it is unclear whether 13.5 million tonnes of hazardous waste has been treated properly. Lydia Heida reports

A fresh start?

The Environmental Services Association’s Jacob Hayler explains how the biggest issues cited in its new strategy paper – a fragmented supply chain hampering consistency and efficiency, and lack of innovation in fighting waste crime – can best be resolved. Maxine Perella reports

Brexit: In, out, shake it all about

On June 23, the British public will vote on whether to remain a member of the European Union, or to leave it. What implications will either outcome have for the UK waste management and recycling industry? Matt Clay investigates