Materials




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 responsibility.










What more can be done to tackle food loss?

Moves to minimise food loss in farming are gaining momentum with awareness of the issue growing yet campaigners say lack of transparency in supermarket supply chains means too much still rots in the field, in storage or in transit.



Are three weekly collections a good idea?

Three weekly collections were first introduced by Falkirk Council over two years ago, and now over 18 local authorities have followed suit and are providing similar extended frequency collections. As a result, there is mounting interest about what a council needs to consider prior to changing their service.


Raising the barista

The popularity of in-home coffee machines means something must be done about all the capsules they get through. Big brand Nespresso’s recycling schemes have their doubters, while compostable versions are far from perfect too. David Burrows reports



Running with the pack

How can the value chain be united to maximise packaging recycling? The British Plastics Federation’s head of public and industrial affairs Francisco Morcillo, and sustainability issues executive Helen Jordan, report


Zero waste drive

End-of-life vehicle recycling is in a state of flux. Gareth Williams, marketing and communications director at European Metal Recycling (EMR), reports


Army surplus

On Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot, the Army doesn’t just have new living and working accommodation, but a new waste management service too. Geraldine Faulkner visits the garrisons to find out more


A stitch in time

We need to shake up the clothing supply chain, address issues at the re-use and recycling end, and create a new business model for the fashion industry, reports Alan Wheeler, director of the Textile Recycling Association


Plastics recycling requires bigger and faster thinking

There is real potential for improvements and evolution in all parts of the plastic recycling chain, but leadership and actions, including around government, producer and consumer responsibilities, as well as addressing materials quality and the effectiveness of messaging, are now becoming critical, explains Stuart Foster, CEO of RECOUP


Looks good on paper

The UK’s paper recycling performance is laudable, but work lies ahead in areas such as improving raw material quality and, as with everything else at the moment, adapting to Brexit, the Confederation of Paper Industries’ Simon Weston reports