Materials



Sustainable packaging: Is it truly achievable?

While consumers are keen for brands and supermarkets to use environmentally-friendly packaging, it begs the question: What exactly is sustainable packaging? Should the term refer to a material that can be recycled or does it go deeper than that? Freelance writer David Burrows investigates.


The future of WEEE: What lies ahead?

The European Recycling Platform UK held a seminar in June to examine the future of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) with four guest speakers looking at WEEE from the USA to Africa as well as tackling the themes of eco-design and individual producer responsibility. Freelance writer, Claire Col reports.


A farewell to arms and THAT document

In his final article for Recycling & Waste World on behalf of the Wood Recycling Association, Peter Butt, outgoing executive director of the Wood Recycling Association, explains the association's concerns over the lack of industry involvement in the generic guidance document published by the Environment Services Association regarding proposed stockpile limits for material reprocessors.


Let metal recycling do its bit to meet recycling targets

Ian Hetherington, director general, British Metals Recycling Association, provides an update on the metal recycling industry, considers a possible European end-of-life standard and queries the wisdom of 'light weighting vehicles, i.e. replacing metal with carbon fibre in cars.


Recycling plastics: Is the UK behind Europe?

The recovery of plastics in Europe has improved over the last five years, however as demand for plastics increases, the amount of post-consumer plastics waste has been increasing. With the disposal rate at 38.1%, action needs to be taken to reach the zero plastics to landfill target in Europe by 2020, urges Andy Watkins, commercial director, Wrights Plastics.


Challenges and double standards in used clothing

As many RWW readers already know, the UK used clothing industry has been going through a difficult period, particularly since the start of the year. Values across all grades have dropped by around 25% to 30%. Alan Wheeler, director of the Textile Recycling Association, reports on the latest developments and reflects on the conundrum of national costumes.


Is a nation's waste an industry's resource?

Ahead of the 2015 general election, our industry needs to be thinking about what it should expecting from those politicians who hold the levers of power. We need simple but effective changes that make good sense, not just for us as a sector, but for meeting our recycling targets as well, says Jonathan Short, founder and deputy chairman of ECO Plastics.


Optimising production and increasing profits

With the recycling sector estimated to be worth around nine billion pounds, high quality recyclable materials are now commodities with baling technologies sitting at the heart of this growing industry. Claire Col reports.


Is Scotland on its way to zero waste?

The news Waste (Scotland) Regulations are six months old this month. Freelance writer, David Burrows takes a look at how the ambitious changes are bedding in.


Addressing the pong and odour challenge

It is not often that you come across a company that includes elements as diverse as a microbiologist, a product based on pumice stone along with contracts in Australia and the Middle East. However, Odour Services International Ltd (OSIL) can boast all of the above and then some. Geraldine Faulkner, editor of Recycling & Waste World, reports.


How will TEEP impact local authorities' operations?

Waste management consultants, Steve Rymill and Dr Adam Read of Ricardo-AEA consider the implications of TEEP (technically, environmentally and economically practicable) for local authorities and how they should work their way through all the new guidance that is now available.


Driving change beyond 2015: The way forward for waste

Waste and resource management beyond 2015 and the importance of reuse and quality recycling were some of the issues tackled at the CIWM and ESA conference last week with speakers calling for integrated policies, a clear roadmap and a reframing of the waste and resource debate. Geraldine Faulkner reports.



Illegal packaging and its impact on the UK

Europe’s packaging firms are calling for more testing of overseas products following a flood of cheap imports from the Far East that don’t comply with regulations and threaten to contaminate recycling streams. David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.


What impact will the new MRF Regulations have?

What will the new materials recovery facilities (MRF) Regulations mean for the waste sector, in particular for local authorities and their services? Victoria Hutchin and Dr Adam Read report.


Business options for aircraft recycling

About 25% of the current civilian aircraft fleet will be decommissioned in the next 15 years, creating a potential of approximately half a million tonnes of valuable materials and a multi-million Euro business. Professor Joerg Woidasky, Peter Saile and Sebastian Jeanvré report on a unique recycling challenge.


Matching the needs of today: Bins get clever

With waste management demands becoming more challenging, manufacturers of bins and containers are developing increasingly more sophisticated solutions. Freelance writer Claire Col takes a look at a selection.


Recycling in Wales: One year in office

Minister for natural resources and food in Wales, Alun Davies reflects on his first year in the post, the achievements so far and what still needs to be done.


Moving waste in a safe and responsible manner

The Health & Safety Executive ranks waste and recycling as a high risk industry. Although the sector employs only about 0.6% of the employees in the UK, it accounts for over 4% of all workplace fatalities. Freelance writer, Joe Morris looks at how the materials handling sector is working to keep its employees safe.


Helping RCV operators save time and money

Hefty insurance premiums and rising fuel costs are encouraging waste collection fleets to use new logistics technology. David Burrows, freelance writer, looks at present innovation and takes a peak at the future.


Overcoming barriers to hospitality's food waste

Last month, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association held a hospitality-specific event to find out why restaurants, hotels and caterers are still throwing so much food waste into landfill. How much more of what’s unavoidable could be recycled into energy through anaerobic digestion? David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.



Are UK landfill sites potential gold mines?

In the second of two features focussing on metal recovery from landfill mining, David Burrows looks at the first full-scale enhanced landfill mining project in Belgium and considers whether our landfill sites in the UK are a potential gold mine of resources too.