Resource efficiency

How deep were the spending review cuts?

Yes, the cuts in George Osborne’s recent spending review were smaller than expected, but the waste industry will largely feel the pinch. Matt Clay asks who the winners and losers will be in this latest reallocation of resources


Going round in circles

Waste is unlikely to feature high up the agenda at climate change conference COP21 this month because its impact on greenhouse gas emissions is under-reported – which means the waste and resources industry has a bigger environmental role to play on the global stage than the UN’s data suggest, writes David Burrows


Riding the wave of waste M&As

Now a multi-billion-pound industry, UK waste and recycling is attracting attention from both local and international investors. However, having had a quiet start to the year compared with 2014, will merger and acquisition activity pick up? Matt Clay investigates


Obstructions, obstacles and opaqueness

Special Report

Moldova’s commitment to modern waste management is whiffier than a stewed cabbage, with investors put off by a seeming lack of will to pass the laws necessary for creating a sustainable and effective industry. Vladislav Vorotnikov relates another Eastern Europe tale of isolated efforts hampered by financial and moral quagmire


Riding the wave of waste M&As

Now a multi-billion-pound industry, UK waste and recycling is attracting attention from both local and international investors. However, having had a quiet start to the year compared with 2014, will merger and acquisition activity pick up? Matt Clay investigates


Baku to the future

Azerbaijan has halted the growth of landfill and avoided ecological disaster in the capital, Baku. But there is still a lot of work to do as it tries to shift from incineration to recycling. The answer, it thinks, exists in multiple projects, rather than one big scheme. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


Wasted opportunity

The International Solid Waste Association’s recent report on the world’s biggest open dumpsites makes for grim reading, documenting both their environmental and human impacts. But, like similar studies, the report’s glimmer of hope lies in potential solutions – if the will can be found to action them. David Burrows reports


Minsk malaise

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Belarus, like its ex-Soviet Union bloc neighbours, is struggling to modernise its waste processing industry while landfill sites just get bigger and bigger. The president has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by announcing the construction of major facilities, but solving the problem will be easier said than done, reports Vladislav Vorotnikov


Imagine...

From the Smart Cities project in Milton Keynes where sensors in bins send out an alert when they are full and ready for collection, to ‘product passports’ that reveal an item’s repairability, to interconnected waste supply cycles, the opportunities afforded by the Internet of Things are fantastic, writes Maxine Perella


Big waste issues in little Gambia

Rubbish collection and sorting in Africa’s smallest nation is rudimentary to say the least, but measures are being taken at home and from abroad to help the local population emerge from its quagmire. Louise Hunt meets those on the front line of efforts to bring Gambia’s waste management into the 21st century


Stuck on recycling

The manufacture of silicone release paper might sound a low-key business, but it is used in everything from wind turbines to F1 cars. Geraldine Faulkner finds out how Techlan is making its version as sustainable as possible


Will Ukraine ever come clean?

Economic crisis and the conflict with Russia have compelled Ukraine to abandon its ‘Clean City’ project, which would have seen the creation of the country’s first modern waste-processing facilities. Vladislav Vorotnikov traces the rise and fall of the scheme, and scopes the prospects of any future revival


A virtuous circle

Best Practice Case Study

Recycling is inherently CSR-oriented, so why not combine the business with active charity work? Look no further than Recycling Lives and its enthusiastic founder Steve Jackson, says Geraldine Faulkner


Fighting resource scarcity

As the various voices calling for the UK to get to grips with resource scarcity and security get louder, the prospect of an Office for Resource Management seems increasingly likely – and widely welcomed, writes freelance writer David Burrows


Helping Oxford stay on top of the recycling league

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On the tight streets of historic Oxford, the council is using Dennis Eagle's Olympus 19 6x2 rear steer RCV as part of a sophisticated waste collection regime as it bids to boost its recycling rate. Geraldine Faulkner reports




A Clean Sweep: Rethinking the way to tackle litter

Further to the report on litter published last week by the Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee, environmental consultant, Eunomia has responded with its own report on how to tackle the problem.


A look back in time: Waste collection in Monaco in the 1980s to the mid-1990s

In 1980, the principality of Monaco had a population of 26, 746 people but by 1990, the population had increased to 29,438 people. The principality stretches over an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 square miles) and is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world and is home to the most millionaires and billionaires in the world per capita head. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports.


The ups and downs of the Green Party

In the second of our interviews with political parties in the run-up to the general election, Green Party representative and leader of the Brighton & Hove City Council, Jason Kitcat tells Geraldine Faulkner about his local government experiences and the challenges he sees facing whoever is first past the post on May 7.


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.


Ebola waste task force responds to challenge

What greater challenge could there be for a waste management specialist than working in an Ebola stricken country? Maxine Perella, freelance writer, reports on how a special Ebola waste task force has been set up to deal with waste handling in exceptionally demanding circumstances.


Why C&D recycling targets are an obstacle to growth

In 2012 62% of construction, demolition and excavation waste in Europe was recycled according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan. Peter Craven at CDE Global argues that rather than demonstrating success these targets are masking wider problems in the CD&E waste recycling sector across Europe.


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.