Materials

Applied bioenergy: Taking it a step further

The European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University is developing innovative bioenergy technology solutions, such as the Pyroformer, to help meet the UK’s energy targets while offering environmental benefits and collaboration opportunities for sectors such as energy from waste. Tim Miller, director of operations, European Bioenergy Research Institute, reports.


Clever Danes inject new life into waste management

Imagine UK householders no longer having to separate their waste at source and the biodegradable materials in black bag rubbish being turned into a high quality bioliquid that is suitable for biogas production. Fiction? Not according to Danish technology that has just been launched. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Hidden treasure? The landfill mining option

In the first of a two-part series on landfill mining and metals recovery, David Burrows looks at the option of landfill mining and its potential in the UK. With over half a million landfill sites containing over 5,000,000,000 (five thousand million) tonnes of waste, it should offer ample pickings of valuable materials such as metals.


Forschung durch technik: Stay fire free

Fire protection should, first and foremost, prevent fires and fight them. Detecting fire hazards early enough to avoid a fire breaking out is even better. The more so if it can quickly be extinguished before all is lost. Dr Jörg Lantzsch looks at how infrared technology helped a producer of refuse derived fuel.



The need for steel in our brave new world

The UK should create a more robust system to support the recycling of steel packaging in what is a very challenging time for the industry, says Alexander Mohr, secretary general, Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL).


An industry view: How is it going with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013?

The aims of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 have been welcomed by trade bodies, legitimate scrap metal dealers, the police and the Home Office, however, how is its implementation going? Nicola Guest, marketing manager at Alchemy Metals & Carbide Recycling, reports from the coal face of the industry.


Setting 2017 plastics packaging targets

The ambitious targets for recycling of plastic packaging set by the government are still the hottest topic in town. Philip Law, public and industrial affairs director at the British Plastics Federation, reports on that and other issues of concern to the British Plastics Federation.



Recycling: A process as circular as the earth?

Closed loop recycling and the circular economy are buzzwords in today’s waste management sector, however, what about the way minerals have been continuously recycled over the centuries? Dr Tim Johnson, technical director, Tetronics looks at the role thermal treatment plays in helping to recycle essential minerals.


From soya to swill: Is the 'pig idea' viable?

Launched in June this year, the Pig Idea campaign is gathering pace, but is it a sustainable answer to managing food waste? David Burrows seeks the opinion of waste and food sector experts as to whether pigs should help the UK deal with the six million tonnes food waste it is expected to be landfilling by 2025.



Issue of concern within the end of life vehicles sector

Two topics currently receiving the attention of the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association are the ABI code of practice on the disposal of motor salvage and the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. Chas Ambrose, chairman, Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association, reports.


Greater Manchester closes composting loop

With the largest waste management contract in Europe, the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has opted for in-vessel composting to ‘Revive’ the food and garden waste in Greater Manchester. Rebecca Sutcliffe, communications and communities officer with Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, explains why the GMWDA opted to go down the IVC route.


Waste management in London saves CO2

In 2011/12, London’s municipal waste activities ‘saved’ more carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions than they emitted, according to a Eunomia report published earlier this month by the mayor of London.


Why the Agency is not for turning on street leaf litter

Up until last year, councils were allowed to send street leaf sweepings for composting. However, this all changed following a small trial that found high levels of contaminants, and the interim results for a larger trial suggest the Environment Agency won’t change its mind any time soon. By David Burrows.


Tesco tackles food waste

Tesco has unveiled new food waste figures for its operations and supply chain, alongside figures that show 68% of bagged salad is wasted and 35% of this waste occurs in the home.


Bhutan goes down Yonten's Greener Way

Karma Yonten runs Bhutan's first waste management and recycling business. His pioneering enterprise, Greener Way, collects, separates and disposes of domestic waste material, manages 1,140 tonnes of recyclable matter per annum and turns organic waste into high grade compost. Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International, reports.