Materials

What's next for metals recycling?

The metals market hasn’t had it easy in recent times, but is it possible to be profitable in the face of continually difficult trading conditions? Marcus Brew, managing director of UNTHA UK, talks quality, quantity and sophistication


Challenges that can't be brushed under the carpet

Significant progress has been made in recycling carpet waste in the UK, and manufacturers, retailers and recyclers alike are working to improve rates, but some issues – such as segregating the waste, encouraging reuse and more sustainable design – still need to be addressed, writes Laurance Bird, director of Carpet Recycling UK


Composites: Tough materials to recycle

Composites, which combine two or more components to make a material that is light, strong and durable, are environmentally excellent in use but a challenge to recycle. Stella Job, supply chain and environment manager at trade association Composites UK, examines how this problem is currently being overcome in the UK


Wake up and smell the coffee

The UK gets through an estimated five billion disposable cups a year, but just a fraction are recycled. Campaigners and consumers want action, but will a new industry manifesto be enough to prevent a tax? David Burrows reports




Driving down waste

Jaguar Land Rover’s sustainable aluminium strategies leader, Adrian Tautscher, tells Geraldine Faulkner about the automotive group’s part-government-funded REALCAR research project to reclaim scrap metal for use in new cars, making them more efficient and reducing their waste impact


Time to take measure

Amidst the chaos created by Brexit, food waste isn’t likely to be top of the new Defra secretary’s ‘to do’ list. But there are still targets to meet, warns David Burrows


Dress sense

It seems the used textiles industry currently faces more challenges and uncertainty than ever before – from doubts surrounding the fallout of Brexit to countries banning imports of used clothes. But, as Geraldine Faulkner discovers, there are some glimmers of light


Metal manipulation

As aluminium becomes the lightweight material of choice for many, we look at one project that aims to secure supply, reduce production emissions and keep value in scrap. Justin Cunningham finds out more about the REALCAR project.


Deal or no deal

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act has had some success in reducing criminal trade, but lack of government will – and declining police budgets – are preventing it from eradicating illegal cash payments. Robert Fell, chief executive of the British Metals Recycling Association, explains


University challenge

A new report identifies tackling food waste as a key sustainability challenge for universities but, as authors David Burrows and Nick Hughes explain, it also demonstrates the shared benefits to be gained through collaboration between waste contractors and their uni customers


Breaking the glass ceiling

Glass is the perfect material for a circular economy because it can be permanently recycled without loss of quality. The only thing holding it back is inconsistent collection rates, writes Baudouin Ska, secretary general of FERVER, the European Federation of Glass Recyclers


Storage rules forced wood recyclers to close

Wood recycling in the UK has always been at the mercy of a seasonal cycle where tonnages peak for storage in the summer followed by a rise in demand for off-take during winter. Last year this caused bigger issues than ever. Andy Hill, chair of the Wood Recyclers Association, reports.


Losing the thread

The textile recycling industry is enduring turbulent times, not helped by the misconception abroad that restricting used clothing imports will help to protect local producers. The answer is for the industry to secure new markets and be less reliant on exports, says Alan Wheeler, director at the Textile Recycling Association


PRE View

Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) takes place again this year as part of the PDM Event (Plastics Design & Moulding) on June 14 and 15 at the Telford International Centre. RWW takes a look at some of the highlights in store for attendees at both the exhibition and the conference


Bed bug

With one estimate that 62,000 mattresses are being sent to landfill every week in the south east of England alone, cowboy recycling operators rife and many legal ones going out of business, it’s no surprise that one observer talks of ‘a massive mattress problem’. Maxine Perella reports


A clean sweep?

The figures in a new study on pre-production pellet loss into the marine environment are far from perfect. But the argument from industry that this means there isn’t a problem is a little hard to swallow, says David Burrows


Smart meters

With the second year under the new WEEE Regulations under way - and with increased collection targets for member states - Dr Philip Morton, CEO of the UK-based producer compliance scheme REPIC, explains why intelligent target setting is the right solution


A whole lotta bottle

A UK-wide deposit return scheme for drinks containers divides opinion, largely around its cost-effectiveness and the repercussions for local authorities, producers, retailers and consumers themselves, not to mention the suggestion that the environmental cost of maintaining such a system would actually outweigh the benefits. By Maxine Perella.


Steel for packaging - a CE success story

Alexander Mohr, secretary general of APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, looks at steel’s impressive recycling rates across the continent and discusses the other qualities which position it as the ideal material for a circular economy.


Food swing

Food waste was the hot environmental topic of the year in 2015, outshone only by the climate deal struck in Paris. This year, we can expect more of the same. David Burrows explores the situation in the UK and Europe


Litter: a national or local problem?

With England suffering from an ‘endemic litter problem’ according to an MPs’ inquiry, both government and industry – not to mention the public – need to get their act together, but debates about the best way forward rage on. By David Burrows


Clothing industry wakes up to sustainability

The amount of clothes we purchase has soared, meaning more sustainable actions by consumers and industry have enormous environmental knock-on effects, such as reducing textile waste to landfill and cutting the carbon and water impacts of production. Alan Wheeler, national liaison manager at the Textile Recycling Association, reports


Thinking outside the box

Peter Clayson explains how recycled corrugated and plastics packaging specialist DS Smith has continued to succeed while others have fallen by the wayside, and its goal to become the leading supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods. By Geraldine Faulkner