Resource efficiency

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.



The call for evidence on RDF: What's next?

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In late 2014, Defra announced the outcome of the government’s call for evidence on refuse derived fuel (RDF). Having had time to digest the resulting announcements, Gary Moore, sales manager at UNTHA UK, considers the likely implications for the industry as 2015 unfolds.


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.


Waste collection in the Gulf of Cádiz

Waste collection specialist in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne examines the waste management system of the Spanish coastal resorts of Lepe, Islantilla and La Antilla on the Gulf of Cádiz and looks at how the municipalities deal with the pressures of high numbers of visitors at the height of the tourist season.


Complete Wasters: For when the party is over

Have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish festival-goers leave behind after a music festival? Three people in the know are the team from Complete Wasters, a workers’ co-operative based in Sileby, Leicester. Marie-Claire Kidd reports.


Driving the UK market for recycled plastics

In August, the British Plastic Federation Recycling Group launched a manifesto setting out proposals to reform the PRN/PERN system for plastics, increase the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing and encourage investment in recycling infrastructure. Three industry experts share their views on the manifesto.


Scotland: Standing on the cusp of change

There was an energised feel in the air at Glasgow last month, as industry leaders North of the border mapped out their future intentions for waste and resources policy at the annual Scottish Resources conference. Freelance writer Maxine Perella reports.



Hoovering up road dust, dirt and debris

With Autumn in full swing, local authority road sweepers are being kept busy with trees shedding their leaves along with the usual collection of debris on the roads. Freelance writer Claire Col takes a look at the road sweeping options available on the market and the recycling opportunities they offer.


Keeping the workforce safe in a risky working environment

Paul Shaw examines the occupational hazards experienced by front line workers in the waste management industry and looks at measures on how to protect them against risks including working with highly combustible materials, exposure to harmful substances and confined space working.


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.



Moving waste abroad? How to keep it legal

Thanks to rising landfill tax rates, excess treatment capacity in some European countries and excess shipping capacity, the shipment of waste in Europe has risen. Emma Andrews and Nick Churchward at Burges Salmon explore possible pitfalls that face waste exporters.