Recycling

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.


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.


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.


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.


The need for steel in our brave new world

The UK should create a more robust system to support the recycling of steel packaging in what is a very challenging time for the industry, says Alexander Mohr, secretary general, Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL).


An industry view: How is it going with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013?

The aims of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 have been welcomed by trade bodies, legitimate scrap metal dealers, the police and the Home Office, however, how is its implementation going? Nicola Guest, marketing manager at Alchemy Metals & Carbide Recycling, reports from the coal face of the industry.


Setting 2017 plastics packaging targets

The ambitious targets for recycling of plastic packaging set by the government are still the hottest topic in town. Philip Law, public and industrial affairs director at the British Plastics Federation, reports on that and other issues of concern to the British Plastics Federation.


Pollutec 2013: Driving forward eco transition

Pollutec Horizons runs from 3 to 6 December in Paris. As Europe’s eco-technology event in 2013, it represents an important milestone on the road to environmental and energy transition. Covering the full array of themes, it is of relevance to a broader and broader range of professionals, says Stephanie Gay-Torrente, deputy director, Pollutec.



Segmentation: A tool for local authorities?

Waste Awareness Wales have launched a waste and recycling segmentation model that aims to become an essential tool for local authority waste and recycling marketing development. Dan Finch, national campaigns officer, Waste Awareness Wales, explains how it was developed and its practical uses.



Issue of concern within the end of life vehicles sector

Two topics currently receiving the attention of the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association are the ABI code of practice on the disposal of motor salvage and the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. Chas Ambrose, chairman, Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association, reports.


Greater Manchester closes composting loop

With the largest waste management contract in Europe, the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has opted for in-vessel composting to ‘Revive’ the food and garden waste in Greater Manchester. Rebecca Sutcliffe, communications and communities officer with Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, explains why the GMWDA opted to go down the IVC route.


Waste management in London saves CO2

In 2011/12, London’s municipal waste activities ‘saved’ more carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions than they emitted, according to a Eunomia report published earlier this month by the mayor of London.


Why the Agency is not for turning on street leaf litter

Up until last year, councils were allowed to send street leaf sweepings for composting. However, this all changed following a small trial that found high levels of contaminants, and the interim results for a larger trial suggest the Environment Agency won’t change its mind any time soon. By David Burrows.


Recovery and reuse in today's demolition

Demolition and salvage might be activities that have taken place since Roman times, however, Howard Button, CEO of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors points out that today’s demolition sector is modern, technologically up to speed and at the forefront of safety initiatives in a very challenging sector. Geraldine Faulkner reports.


Tesco tackles food waste

Tesco has unveiled new food waste figures for its operations and supply chain, alongside figures that show 68% of bagged salad is wasted and 35% of this waste occurs in the home.


Bhutan goes down Yonten's Greener Way

Karma Yonten runs Bhutan's first waste management and recycling business. His pioneering enterprise, Greener Way, collects, separates and disposes of domestic waste material, manages 1,140 tonnes of recyclable matter per annum and turns organic waste into high grade compost. Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International, reports.


New You, New Future: How waste can change lives for the better

Building business that puts something back into society by rehabilitating ex-offenders is the aim of the New You, New Future programme. Mark Hyde, commercial director of the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB), explains how WAMITAB is partnering with workplace management specialist, Amaryllis, to provide a skills development programme that changes lives.


Good communications: Taking it a step further

Wales' recycling rate should be a cause for pride. However, is it too early to celebrate? Wales will discover that service provision and legislation cannot along deliver the recycling rates required. If it is to reach its ambition of recycling 70% of all wastes by 2025, good communication is essential, says Luisa Pastore, communications manager with WRAP Cymru.


Why stinting on stuff that counts doesn't pay

Budgets may be tight, but there is still a demand for software and technology if it increases performance and competitiveness. That is the message from the UK’s leading providers, says Marie-Claire Kidd.


Are undeployed airbags safe to reuse?

Airbags are believed to have contributed to significant improvements in vehicle occupant safety. However, there are no definitive guidelines over the potential to reuse undeployed airbags. Chas Ambrose and Roger West examine the issue and report how a study commissioned last year seeks to shed light on the debate.


Why England needs to rediscover its recycling mojo

With Scotland and Wales storming ahead in the recycling rate progress charts, what is England neglecting to do? Gareth Morton, Brian Mayne and Adam Read examine past and current events and explain how quality communications and innovative engagement are at the heart of the Celtic revolution