Resource efficiency

IFAT: Innovation, resources and solutions

IFAT, the trade show for environmental technology, takes place on 5-9 May in Munich and, once again, intends to be a showcase for innovations designed to meet the environmental challenges in countries around the world. Silvia Fritscher reports.


Conveyors and screens to ensure long life and productivity

Recycling plants need to move a vast amount of material through their facilities effectively, maximising productivity and ensuring quality output. Claire Col looks at operators who supply conveyors and screens and the options they provide.


Eradicating nasty niffs and dangerous dust particles

Although it’s a cliché to refer to a company as the ‘industry’s best kept secret’ it’s difficult to describe dust and odour suppression specialist, APPS UK, as anything else. Darren Cornforth tells Geraldine Faulkner why, and explains how he has no time for some dust and odour companies who don’t ‘walk the walk’.


Matching the needs of today: Bins get clever

With waste management demands becoming more challenging, manufacturers of bins and containers are developing increasingly more sophisticated solutions. Freelance writer Claire Col takes a look at a selection.


Recycling in Wales: One year in office

Minister for natural resources and food in Wales, Alun Davies reflects on his first year in the post, the achievements so far and what still needs to be done.


Making more of waste heat: Introducing ORC

DECC estimates that between 10 and 40 terawatt hours of heat is currently lost and rejected from industrial sources in the UK every year. More of it could be recovered, but where there is no local demand to exploit the heat directly, an alternative is to use it to generate electricity. Trevor Smith reports on a new technology.


Moving waste in a safe and responsible manner

The Health & Safety Executive ranks waste and recycling as a high risk industry. Although the sector employs only about 0.6% of the employees in the UK, it accounts for over 4% of all workplace fatalities. Freelance writer, Joe Morris looks at how the materials handling sector is working to keep its employees safe.


Helping waste make the change to resource

With ever more emphasis on resource efficiency and waste being seen as ‘stuff with value’, a sector that is playing a significant role in helping waste achieve its transformation into a valuable resource is shredders, balers and compactors. Joe Morris, freelance writer, speaks to four players in the market.


An Irish David takes on sector's IT Goliath

Limerick-based AMCS Group specialises in the provision of integrated waste management software and vehicle technology. Geraldine Faulkner finds out how the group is taking on the international market and how it is launching a mobile app that is expected to revolutionise communications and data collection.


Helping RCV operators save time and money

Hefty insurance premiums and rising fuel costs are encouraging waste collection fleets to use new logistics technology. David Burrows, freelance writer, looks at present innovation and takes a peak at the future.


Overcoming barriers to hospitality's food waste

Last month, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association held a hospitality-specific event to find out why restaurants, hotels and caterers are still throwing so much food waste into landfill. How much more of what’s unavoidable could be recycled into energy through anaerobic digestion? David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.


Weighing in on the 'Mind the gap' debate

With the UK predicted to have a waste infrastructure shortfall by 2025 and an urgent need for more data on waste collection, Claire Col speaks to weighing specialists who are going to play a significant role in helping to forecaste future trends.


Are UK landfill sites potential gold mines?

In the second of two features focussing on metal recovery from landfill mining, David Burrows looks at the first full-scale enhanced landfill mining project in Belgium and considers whether our landfill sites in the UK are a potential gold mine of resources too.


EU e-waste collection boosted by legislative revision

The increasing volume of WEEE is recognised by the European Commission as the most rapidly growing waste, therefore it is seen as an environmental concern. The latest revision of WEEE 2 Directive (2012/19/EU) emphasises a much higher rate of collection, recovery, and recycling. Monika Chrusciak reports.


Encouraging growth in resource efficiency

An economy that is committed to achieving higher levels of resource efficiency is somewhat of a pipe dream right now for those trying to deliver intelligent-led waste solutions, but if an influential group of Conservative MPs get their way, this could soon become a reality. Maxine Perella, freelance journalist reports.


Why small scale anaerobic digestion faces an exciting future

Richard Gueterbock, marketing director of Clearfleau, examines the relevance of small scale anaerobic digestion plants in terms of Britain’s renewable energy sector and explains why installing on-site installations treating bio-degradable residues where they are created will make better use of unwanted resources.


How energy from waste goes hand-in-hand with high recycling rates

A common argument of opponents to energy from waste (EfW) is that incineration crowds out recycling, writes Councillor Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for the environment and public realm at the London Borough of Bexley. They question why anyone would bother to recycle when an incinerator can easily burn everything. However often the reverse is true, and authorities with high recycling rates use incineration as a cost effective and efficient way to deal with their residual waste.


Physical fire breaks offer concrete solution

With the large number of fires occurring at waste and recycling facilities across the UK, Owen Batham at Elite Precast Concrete, argues there is a growing need for firms to take a more proactive approach to their fire risk management and to develop more sophisticated disaster recovery plans.


Hidden treasure? The landfill mining option

In the first of a two-part series on landfill mining and metals recovery, David Burrows looks at the option of landfill mining and its potential in the UK. With over half a million landfill sites containing over 5,000,000,000 (five thousand million) tonnes of waste, it should offer ample pickings of valuable materials such as metals.


Forschung durch technik: Stay fire free

Fire protection should, first and foremost, prevent fires and fight them. Detecting fire hazards early enough to avoid a fire breaking out is even better. The more so if it can quickly be extinguished before all is lost. Dr Jörg Lantzsch looks at how infrared technology helped a producer of refuse derived fuel.


Grimy carts or savvy communication tools?

The antiquated perception surrounding the ‘dirty’ role of a bin man unfortunately still exists to some degree, admits Lawrence Craig from vehicle graphics specialist, Spedian, but to what extent are modern refuse collection vehicles helping to change this unjust view?


Waste's changing role: What does 2014 hold for the industry?

As far as waste management is concerned, 2013 didn’t end on a high. The new waste minister decided that he was “stepping back” from waste policy while new data shows that recycling rates are also clearly plateauing. Does this make for a tougher 2014? David Burrows investigates.


Dust and odour suppression: How to achieve the sweet smell of success

As pollution controls continue to tighten, the companies that tackle odour and dust are enjoying a period of growth; especially as these by-products of processes, ranging from sewage treatment to food factory production, are no longer tolerated by the public - or the statute books. Victoria Madine reports


Move it, shunt it, store it, handle it

Materials handling systems, whether they are automated storage and retrieval systems, conveyors or pick systems and vehicles, play an integral part in waste and recycling management as companies look for ways to maximise efficiency of handling processes while keeping costs down. Claire Col reports.


Urbaser commission five new RCVs in Northern Tenerife

Urbaser, Spain’s second largest waste management contractor, has recently commissioned five new Geesinknorba GPM III waste collection vehicles in Northern Tenerife, writes Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries.