Government policy

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


That's a WRAP

The Waste and Resources Action Programme’s outgoing CEO Liz Goodwin discusses the organisation’s achievements during her 15 years there - including the Courtauld Commitment - receiving her OBE and what the future holds, both for her and waste management. By Geraldine Faulkner


Budget 2016: A wasted opportunity for the recycling sector?

With the headlines dominated by a new ‘sugar tax’ and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the latest Budget has once again proved fruitful for the nation’s media. What does it mean for the UK’s waste industry? Matt Clay investigates


Kerry's heroes

In an exclusive interview with RWW, Labour’s shadow environment secretary Kerry McCarthy tells Geraldine Faulkner where she thinks the government is getting it wrong on waste, and discusses the inspiration behind her Food Waste (Reduction) Bill


That was the year that was

Was 2015 a momentous year for you? David Burrows takes a look over the last 12 months, which saw food waste take up a lot of column inches in the national and trade press, a general election as well as the unveiling of the revised circular economy package


Meeting waste targets

As the New Year approaches, David Burrows discusses the major market, political and business forces that recycling and waste management companies (not to mention Defra itself) will face in 2016 – as well as some of the opportunities


How deep were the spending review cuts?

Yes, the cuts in George Osborne’s recent spending review were smaller than expected, but the waste industry will largely feel the pinch. Matt Clay asks who the winners and losers will be in this latest reallocation of resources


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


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 smaller plants. Ben Messenger reports


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




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 change beyond 2015: The way forward for waste

Waste and resource management beyond 2015 and the importance of reuse and quality recycling were some of the issues tackled at the CIWM and ESA conference last week with speakers calling for integrated policies, a clear roadmap and a reframing of the waste and resource debate. Geraldine Faulkner reports.



Whitehall's waste policy power shift

The government is expected to respond to calls from an influential House of Lords committee to install a ‘waste champion’ at ministerial level in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Could this stimulate the bioeconomy, and what does it mean for Defra? David Burrows reports.


Recycling in Wales: One year in office

Minister for natural resources and food in Wales, Alun Davies reflects on his first year in the post, the achievements so far and what still needs to be done.



Waste's changing role: What does 2014 hold for the industry?

As far as waste management is concerned, 2013 didn’t end on a high. The new waste minister decided that he was “stepping back” from waste policy while new data shows that recycling rates are also clearly plateauing. Does this make for a tougher 2014? David Burrows investigates.



When SEL finally got its CHP: The launch

Originally built in the early 1990s, the South East London Combined Heat and Power (SELCHP) plant has finally achieved the district heating aspect of the project for which it was intended. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Segmentation: A tool for local authorities?

Waste Awareness Wales have launched a waste and recycling segmentation model that aims to become an essential tool for local authority waste and recycling marketing development. Dan Finch, national campaigns officer, Waste Awareness Wales, explains how it was developed and its practical uses.