Recycling

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.


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.