Resource efficiency

Photo opportunity

With solar energy systems being increasingly adopted, photovoltaic module waste is a growing concern. Pia Alina Lange, head of public affairs at PV CYCLE, the industry’s take-back and recycling programme, reports on recent leaps forward in tackling this waste stream


Contamination and confusion

The eyebrow-raising news story about a huge rise in rejected household recycling might have been presented out of context, but there is no hiding the fact that the public are confused just as MRFs are getting pickier. David Burrows reports


Cradle of life

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s president, Lewis Perkins, tells Geraldine Faulkner about the C2C Certified Product Standard, the history and mission of the group, and the work it is doing to make its philosophy as widespread as possible


Riga gets real

With more than one eye on the European Union’s environmental directives, Latvia has established a waste-sorting plant outside its capital city. But there may be trouble ahead, not least the inability of the country’s recyclers to process anywhere near the volumes intended to exit the facility. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


The end of a sentence

Recycling Lives may look like a typical waste management operation. The Preston, Lancashire-based company specialises in recycling scrap cars, metal, WEEE, household and commercial waste, bulky waste and plastic materials – but that is not all it does. Geraldine Faulkner reports


How the mattress sector can sleep more easily

Nick Oettinger, managing director of The Furniture Recycling Group, discusses current trends in the UK mattress recycling industry and what needs to be done by manufacturers, recyclers and consumers to improve standards across the board in order to cope with an increasing rate of disposal and turn crisis into opportunity


It's showtime

RWW details the highlights of this year’s must-attend waste management show RWM, from the attending exhibitors and keynote speakers to the discussion topics covered and the CIWM gala dinner



The difficult second album

Two years have rushed by at Hubbub. Our start-up ambition was to engage a mainstream audience in environmental issues by taking a fresh and positive approach. Having reflected on what we have learned, we have set five broad ambitions for the year ahead, says Trewin Restorick, CEO and founder of environmental charity Hubbub.



Brexit: a messy divorce or clean break for waste?

Following the EU referendum, and with concerns about local authority funding being withdrawn, along with circular economy ambitions, what are the implications for the UK’s waste and recycling sector? Matt Clay investigates


Nappy valley

The development of a new nappy recycling site in west London promises to reopen the long-standing ‘disposable versus reusable’ debate. Dad-of-two David Burrows reports


Environmental insurance: ensuring our future in South Africa

We are all aware of the importance of insurance and most people have cover to replace material possessions once lost, but it seems no-one has considered an insurance plan for the environment, says Hermann Erdmann, CEO of REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa)


The Hole Story

By the end of the decade there will be only 40-50 landfill sites in the UK, according to estimates – compared with 140 just four years ago, reducing the amount buried from 40 to a mere seven million tonnes. However, landfill will still have a role to play, finds David Burrows



Reducing the risk of fire at waste management sites

Fire is a very probable hazard of a majority of waste management sites. Whether due to slack security or an inadequate initial assessment, there is more than one way for waste fires to break out all year round, says Chloe Hashemi


Mission impossible?

The UK has just four years to comply with an EU target to recycle 50% of household waste. With time running out, David Burrows assesses the options available for cash-strapped councils


Turkish delight?

Waste management is a mixed bag in Turkey, which in recent years has brought in laws to make the country more EU-friendly while largely failing to sufficiently implement them. But the foundations for future improvement have definitely been laid, writes Dr Stephen Wise, principal consultant at Ricardo Energy & Environment


Chewing the IFAT

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, IFAT is a biennial trade show that this year is taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich. As well as exhibitors from the waste and raw materials management, water and sewage sectors, it includes technical lectures, discussions and presentations. RWW reports


Programmed for efficiency

When it comes to software, an almost endless list of potential business efficiencies are achievable, for organisations of all sizes. Steed Webzell gets the lowdown on the latest waste management software solutions and how they are being used in the field.


Understanding skip hire: Sizes, limitations, alternatives, permits and tips

Skip hire can be an affordable and convenient waste removal solution in many circumstances, with numerous sizes and configurations available. However, there are numerous limitations and restrictions associated with skips, and some jobs are better suited to alternative waste disposal services, writes Chris Kervin at Skip Hire Services.


Scotland the Brave

The Scottish government is seeking to bring about “a more circular economy, where we make things last”. Turning that theory into reality won’t be easy, but economically, environmentally and socially it makes sense, argues David Burrows


Politically incorrect

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK CEO David Palmer-Jones lets rip on the danger of Brexit (as well as the problems the EU has created), the volatility of the commodity market – and the world at large – and uncertainty about how the sector will cope ‘post-landfill’. By Geraldine Faulkner


Teckal'd pink

Some local authorities are claiming major cost savings from taking their municipal waste services in-house. Known as re-municipalisation, is this catching on and what benefits can it offer compared with the private sector? Matt Clay investigates what the future holds for the hybrid, Teckal structure


Mobile phone recyclers rise to the security challenge

As mobile phones and tablets become ubiquitous, the pre-owned market is booming – and Britain’s recyclers are turning the phenomenon into an opportunity, while taking best practice compliance and security seriously in order to avoid handling stolen goods. Chris Pateman, chief executive of the Communications Environmental Regulation Consortium, reports.