Government policy

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.



Good communications: Taking it a step further

Wales' recycling rate should be a cause for pride. However, is it too early to celebrate? Wales will discover that service provision and legislation cannot along deliver the recycling rates required. If it is to reach its ambition of recycling 70% of all wastes by 2025, good communication is essential, says Luisa Pastore, communications manager with WRAP Cymru.


Why England needs to rediscover its recycling mojo

With Scotland and Wales storming ahead in the recycling rate progress charts, what is England neglecting to do? Gareth Morton, Brian Mayne and Adam Read examine past and current events and explain how quality communications and innovative engagement are at the heart of the Celtic revolution


Scotland the Brave waves the waste management flag

It used to be Wales that occupied the most column inches in RWW, but Scotland is waving the Saltire a lot at the moment; what with the country joining Ellen MacArthur’s Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 programme (that trips merrily off the tongue, doesn’t it? Not) and Zero Waste Scotland unveiling an online poll to gauge how Scottish communities and businesses feel about litter.


Red tape, car parts in Cuba and good communcations

Deregulation is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Defined by the website, Investopedia, as “the reduction of elimination of government power in a particular industry, usually enacted to create more competition within the industry”, it is ironic that some within the waste management industry are urging the government for “robust governance” in the form of regulation.