Resource efficiency

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Following the EU referendum, and with concerns about local authority funding being withdrawn, along with circular economy ambitions, what are the implications for the UK’s waste and recycling sector?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


Norwegian good

It may be more famous for the Vikings and Edvard Munch, but Norway also boasts the world’s only fully automated waste sorting plant – perhaps not surprising for a country where just 1% of household waste goes to landfill. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Can Kyrgyzstan sort it out?

Kyrgyzstan is the small Asian state located between Kazakhstan and China on the most southern part of the post-Soviet Union space. With a population of nearly six million people, the country produces 1.5 million tonnes of waste annually – which, perhaps not surprisingly – all goes to landfill. Vladislav Vorotnikov investigates.


Going for gold

Warwickshire County Council’s David Whitehouse tells Geraldine Faulkner the story behind the local authority’s award-winning creative approach to the franchising of its HWRC re-use shops – and why its upcoming re-use shops tour is already ‘sold out’.


Zero hero

Tony Dunnage, Unilever’s group manufacturing sustainability director, takes Maxine Perella on a remarkable waste management journey, taking in the global company’s Sustainable Living Plan as it strives for zero waste to landfill, not just at home but in the far reaches of its network too


The devil will be in the detail

The legislative heart of Europe’s new circular economy package may be weaker, with some ambition making way for reality, but most respondents to a RWW survey believe it is a step in the right direction because of its wider outlook. David Burrows asks how CE2.0 will affect the UK industry


Meeting waste targets

As the New Year approaches, David Burrows discusses the major market, political and business forces that recycling and waste management companies (not to mention Defra itself) will face in 2016 – as well as some of the opportunities


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