Resource efficiency





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.


Lithuania's waste divide

Lithuania seems to be at odds with itself over waste management, striving to reach an ambitious recycling target while at the same time planning to build more incineration plants.












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


A Russian Revolution?

Russia has introduced a new recycling system whereby all the country’s industrial waste producers must either process it themselves or pay a special fee to the government for the financing of waste management plants. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


Collecting effective waste data

Jamie Warmington, Simone Aplin and Dr Adam Read from Ricardo Energy & Environment weigh in on whether we are collecting waste data effectively.


Implementing the circular economy British Standard

Dr Stuart McLanaghan tracks the development of the BS 8001 standard and explains what it sets out to achieve, and considers how the principles of the circular economy can actually be implemented in the United Kingdom and abroad


Sustainably stylish

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway lets rip on our wasteful culture and attitude to litter, and explains the roots of his frugal ethos. Geraldine Faulkner reports


Cartridge reuse is key to printers’ green credentials 

Affordability has made the printer a throwaway item for many consumers, a situation that is encouraged by manufacturers that programme their machines to stop working after a certain period and put chips in cartridges that waste masses of ink. Laura Heywood of the UK Cartridge Remanufacturers Association reports


Round table discussion: The future of waste management in the UK

A number of waste management, recycling and corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialists were recently invited by B P Collins’ team of environmental lawyers to discuss the future of waste and recycling in the UK particularly with Brexit on the horizon. Topics of interest included who should take the lead to drive the waste agenda; the merits of setting recycling targets; engaging SMEs and how waste should be perceived.