Recycling






Solving the UK's plastic problem

The UK has a problem when it comes to plastic, thanks to China’s tougher stance on importing it, the high cost of processing it and growing concern around issues such as marine litter.


Why upcycling is more than just a fad

Karin Holzknecht at Groundwork London examines how reuse project The Loop is changing attitudes in the capital, cutting waste and bringing other social benefits too.











Raising the barista

The popularity of in-home coffee machines means something must be done about all the capsules they get through. Big brand Nespresso’s recycling schemes have their doubters, while compostable versions are far from perfect too. David Burrows reports


A Russian Revolution?

Russia has introduced a new recycling system whereby all the country’s industrial waste producers must either process it themselves or pay a special fee to the government for the financing of waste management plants. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


Round table discussion: The future of waste management in the UK

A number of waste management, recycling and corporate social responsibility (CSR) specialists were recently invited by B P Collins’ team of environmental lawyers to discuss the future of waste and recycling in the UK particularly with Brexit on the horizon. Topics of interest included who should take the lead to drive the waste agenda; the merits of setting recycling targets; engaging SMEs and how waste should be perceived.



Quality counts

From quality of recycled material to overhauling EPR and the PRN system, to better public education and eco-design, RWW looks at some of the solutions to what many believe is a looming crisis for UK waste management


Tyre recycling's emerging opportunities and threats

New methods of dealing with tyre-derived materials, such as pyrolysis and devulcanisation, are moving this sector forward, but a threat exists in the form of a lobby claiming that using old tyres for turf infill or playgrounds is damaging to health. Allan MacGregor at the European Tyre Recycling Association reports


Quality control

Waste management consultants Victoria Hutchin and Dr Adam Read of Ricardo Energy & Environment discuss trends in recycling quality and the importance of communication in tackling contamination issues


Bin-win situation

RWW looks at how clients and manufacturers alike are providing more effective, cost-efficient and safer bins for the public


Aerosol recycling rates show good results

Key to informing and encouraging consumers to recycle their empty aerosols has been the fact that they are now accepted by 97% of local authorities in their kerbside recycling schemes, says Patrick Heskins, chief executive of the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association