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Life on the Kani Qirzhala landfill site in Iraq

Desperation has ensured there is a recycled plastics industry in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Everywhere as far as the eye can see, piles of rubbish stretch away into the distance. Noxious fumes rise from heaps of household waste and spew from the ...


Pumpkin waste is the biggest scare this Halloween

Halloween is now officially the third biggest holiday celebrated in the UK, preceded only by Christmas and Easter. Families up and down the country continue to embrace the annual event, buying and carving more than ten million pumpkins per year.


Dealing with growing volumes of hazardous waste

Jason Houghton, Amey’s account director for commercial waste, asks what the constraints and costs of dealing with growing volumes of hazardous household waste are, and whether the answer is better education for residents or manufacturers taking more ...



Will Scotland's deposit return scheme be a success?

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will introduce a deposit return scheme to reduce litter and increase recycling. Successful in countries such as Norway, could it work in Scotland?

Certain topics are divisive. Take US President Donald ...


Using WEEE regulations to access free lamp recycling

Not everyone knows that waste management companies can use the Waste Electronic Equipment regulations to access free lamp recycling. Nigel Harvey, CEO of WEEE scheme Recolight explains more.

Fluorescent tubes, or lamps, contain mercury. ...



Turning the tide on microplastics

Will the upcoming UK ban on microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics be enough to solve what has become a huge global problem?

Microplastics and microbeads may well be micro in size, yet the commotion they have caused has been gargantuan. ...


Hazardous waste management and how to handle it

Waste management service Reconomy provides its top tips when managing hazardous waste.

As a business, you need to make sure that you have a waste management solution in place – it is vital, especially when you’re dealing with hazardous ...

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