Renewable energy

Waste collection in Catalonia

Since 1997 private company L'Arca del Maresme has supplied environmental services for the Comarca del Maresme region of Catalonia on the northern coast of Barcelona. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, looks at how the business provides waste collection, street and beach cleaning, as well as the operation of household waste recycling centres and waste transfer station contracts for the Comarca del Maresme municipalities.



Sustainability Live unveils CPD seminars and workshops

Sustainability Live, the show which takes place on April 21-23 April at the NEC Birmingham, has unveiled its three-day programme of more than 35 free CPD-accredited workshops and seminars for sustainability and energy management professionals. Amanda Barnes reports.


How coffee could 'give a lift' in another way

Research to turn spent coffee grounds into fuel has intensified. But can a good idea in theory become a commercial success in practice? David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.


Industrial and commercial waste: Don't waste its potential

Could industrial and commercial waste be the answer to help energy from waste plants lessen their reliance on current subsidy support and offer energy generation and waste management solutions for the nation's huge industrial basis? George Giles, head of renewable power and oil & gas at Siemens Industry UK, highlights what could be a 'win-win' situation for all concerned.


Could refuse derived fuel replace coal in the Czech Republic?

Approximately 30 million tonnes of waste are produced in the Czech Republic annually. Of this, municipal waste comprises 5.2 million tonnes. Petr Ruzicka, sector manager for energy & environment, CzechInvest reports on how refuse derived fuel could make a difference.



Taking a leap of faith into a cleaner future

A great deal has been said and written about the circular economy with all its anticipated benefits. With waste management companies changing their focus from resource operators to manufacturing companies, the emphasis is now on clear policy to ensure its delivery. Freelance writer David Burrows reports.


What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.


Collecting underground waste in Nicosia

Nicosia is the capital of Cyprus and home to a population of 250,000 residents swelled by cosmopolitan business visitors as well as holidaymakers during the tourist season. The latter tend to stay in the beach resorts but visit Nicosia to see the ancient parts of the city. Waste collection is, therefore, a very important task to maintain the city's cleanliness for citizens, business people and tourists. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne reports on an underground waste container system that helps reduce odours and increases efficiency.



A time for bold actions and political vision

Waste reduction and recycling schemes play crucial roles in reducing the impact of climate change, but while private individuals diligently sort out their recyclates what are world leaders doing to combat the rise in global temperatures? David Burrows reports on the recent UN climate summit.


OSIL launches cold war on bad odours

Odour and air pollution control specialist OSIL’s strong links with academia is enabling the company to lead the way when it comes to innovation in odour control. Guy Forrest-Hay, OSIL's sales & business development director explains.


Has energy from waste a role to play in the circular economy?

Where does energy from waste fit in when it comes to the circular economy? Will landfill bans fuel investment, or will improvements in product design and recycling infrastructure see the role for EfW diminish? Freelance writer, David Burrows investigates.


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.


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.


EU boost for wet waste treatment solution

Thanks to a European Commission-funded project, new research has begun into a new waste treatment solution. John O’Regan, CEO of SCFI, the company behind the technology at the centre of the project, explains its significance.


Is it the end for refuse derived fuel? Discuss

The UK’s commercial and industrial recycling industry was quick to jump on the bandwagon of refuse derived fuel. On paper, RDF appeared to offer C&I MRFs a fail-safe route to bypass expensive landfill costs. In practice, however, this hasn’t been the case, says Stephen Almond who explores the issue.


Weight data collection: How it's key to waste

Monitoring weights and profitability of waste has never been more essential and weight data collection is key to operational efficiency. Weighbridge management systems play a pivotal role in providing this, acting as critical control points for vehicles delivering and collecting materials from sites. Claire Col, freelance writer, reports.


Eradicating nasty niffs and dangerous dust particles

Although it’s a cliché to refer to a company as the ‘industry’s best kept secret’ it’s difficult to describe dust and odour suppression specialist, APPS UK, as anything else. Darren Cornforth tells Geraldine Faulkner why, and explains how he has no time for some dust and odour companies who don’t ‘walk the walk’.


Making more of waste heat: Introducing ORC

DECC estimates that between 10 and 40 terawatt hours of heat is currently lost and rejected from industrial sources in the UK every year. More of it could be recovered, but where there is no local demand to exploit the heat directly, an alternative is to use it to generate electricity. Trevor Smith reports on a new technology.


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.



Why small scale anaerobic digestion faces an exciting future

Richard Gueterbock, marketing director of Clearfleau, examines the relevance of small scale anaerobic digestion plants in terms of Britain’s renewable energy sector and explains why installing on-site installations treating bio-degradable residues where they are created will make better use of unwanted resources.


Peterborough energy from waste facility: Why 'traditional' works

There is a view, and to some extent misconception, that the development of small scale energy from waste schemes, say 120,000 tonnes per annum and below, can only be done using advanced thermal treatment technologies, instead of what is termed ‘traditional’ energy from waste technology. Simon Allin at Babcock & Wilcox reports.