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Meet the plastic pioneers developing a catch-all solution

There are 39 different sets of rules for what can be put in household plastic recycling collections, according to a new analysis by the BBC.

“Of all the things we recycle, plastic is the most complicated,” said science editor David ...


Challenges lie ahead for the waste wood sector

Over the past five years, the waste wood sector has seen unprecedented growth as well as far-reaching changes to legislation, guidance and processes, altering the shape of our industry as we know it.

Over the next 12 months we are ...



How WEEE freeriders are costing the industry millions

The growth of online shopping is harming the environment thanks to ‘freeriders’ escaping WEEE compliance – but there is a solution.

Buying from online marketplaces gives consumers access to a vast range of products, frequently available ...


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 ...


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 ...


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