Materials

Why are many scrap metal lines acting below par?

In Britain, metals recycling is big business.

I’ve spoken before about the ancient concept of smelting old metals to produce new – one of the most historic examples of a closed loop model that springs to mind, and an important facet in ...

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Finding the truth behind recycling report data

August is usually considered a slow month for mainstream media.

Despite the heatwave picking up its fair share of column inches, this year the crosshairs of some of the national newspapers were firmly fixed on plastic packaging. The ...


What a hot summer means for UK glass recycling

The UK’s spectacular summer has been dramatically reflected in glass recycling.

Viridor has reported that scorching temperatures have seen Britons quench their thirst and drive quality glass recycling – the company processed 22,000 ...




Why the UK appears to be absent when tackling food waste

When it comes to tackling food waste, the UK appears to be absent.

The World Biogas Association’s Global Food Waste Management: An Implementation Guide for Cities provides fascinating insight into how some of the world’s most densely ...


What's the problem with plant-based packaging?

As the tide of public opinion turns against single-use plastic, with regulatory changes bound to follow in its wake, there has been rapid rise in the popularity of alternative forms of packaging across the industry.

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Why it's time to stop the plastic bashing

It seems to have become the norm to deride plastics and condemn them as bad for the environment.

Brought into public focus though Blue Planet II, the issue has gathered pace with the 25 Year Environment Plan and the EU Plastic ...



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