Recycling

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

Special Report
Special Report

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.


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.


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.



The Confused.com of waste management?

It’s not often that the terms ‘hotpants’ and ‘waste management’ appear in the same sentence, but when considering all the ventures undertaken by serial entrepreneur Kae Faeff it should come as no surprise. Geraldine Faulkner finds out more.


Kazakhstan looks to the West for guidance

After years of Soviet domination with an industrial legacy that included highly inefficient technologies, Kazakhstan says it is determined to generate half its energy from renewable resources by 2050.


The future of WEEE: What lies ahead?

The European Recycling Platform UK held a seminar in June to examine the future of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) with four guest speakers looking at WEEE from the USA to Africa as well as tackling the themes of eco-design and individual producer responsibility. Freelance writer, Claire Col reports.


A farewell to arms and THAT document

In his final article for Recycling & Waste World on behalf of the Wood Recycling Association, Peter Butt, outgoing executive director of the Wood Recycling Association, explains the association's concerns over the lack of industry involvement in the generic guidance document published by the Environment Services Association regarding proposed stockpile limits for material reprocessors.


Let metal recycling do its bit to meet recycling targets

Ian Hetherington, director general, British Metals Recycling Association, provides an update on the metal recycling industry, considers a possible European end-of-life standard and queries the wisdom of 'light weighting vehicles, i.e. replacing metal with carbon fibre in cars.


Recycling plastics: Is the UK behind Europe?

The recovery of plastics in Europe has improved over the last five years, however as demand for plastics increases, the amount of post-consumer plastics waste has been increasing. With the disposal rate at 38.1%, action needs to be taken to reach the zero plastics to landfill target in Europe by 2020, urges Andy Watkins, commercial director, Wrights Plastics.


Challenges and double standards in used clothing

As many RWW readers already know, the UK used clothing industry has been going through a difficult period, particularly since the start of the year. Values across all grades have dropped by around 25% to 30%. Alan Wheeler, director of the Textile Recycling Association, reports on the latest developments and reflects on the conundrum of national costumes.


Is a nation's waste an industry's resource?

Ahead of the 2015 general election, our industry needs to be thinking about what it should expecting from those politicians who hold the levers of power. We need simple but effective changes that make good sense, not just for us as a sector, but for meeting our recycling targets as well, says Jonathan Short, founder and deputy chairman of ECO Plastics.


Optimising production and increasing profits

With the recycling sector estimated to be worth around nine billion pounds, high quality recyclable materials are now commodities with baling technologies sitting at the heart of this growing industry. Claire Col reports.


Is Scotland on its way to zero waste?

The news Waste (Scotland) Regulations are six months old this month. Freelance writer, David Burrows takes a look at how the ambitious changes are bedding in.


Hot off the Spanish market: A buena vista of new vehicles

Geesinknorba Spain has launched a range of waste collection, street cleansing and waste transfer equipment on to the Spanish market which can also be considered for use in the UK. Specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries Tim Byrne casts his eye over the new vehicles.


How will TEEP impact local authorities' operations?

Waste management consultants, Steve Rymill and Dr Adam Read of Ricardo-AEA consider the implications of TEEP (technically, environmentally and economically practicable) for local authorities and how they should work their way through all the new guidance that is now available.


Financing for growth amid the green shoots of recovery

There have been more than a few green shoots noted in the economy in the recent past, so it’s no surprise that senior decision-makers are now turning their minds to growth opportunities and how this can be achieved in a sustainable and successful way. Sean Dixon, head of services sector, Royal Bank of Scotland, looks at how businesses can plan for growth.


Demolition's changing status to waste handler

Demolition operators should no longer be regarded as part of the deconstruction sector, but more as waste handlers, says Howard Button of the National Federation of Demotion Contractors. The chief executive office explains how the industry is moving from being perceived as dirty and dangerous to modern and high tech.


Illegal packaging and its impact on the UK

Europe’s packaging firms are calling for more testing of overseas products following a flood of cheap imports from the Far East that don’t comply with regulations and threaten to contaminate recycling streams. David Burrows, freelance writer, investigates.


Business options for aircraft recycling

About 25% of the current civilian aircraft fleet will be decommissioned in the next 15 years, creating a potential of approximately half a million tonnes of valuable materials and a multi-million Euro business. Professor Joerg Woidasky, Peter Saile and Sebastian Jeanvré report on a unique recycling challenge.


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.