Waste management





Pumpkin waste is the biggest scare this Halloween

Halloween is now officially the third biggest holiday celebrated in the UK, preceded only by Christmas and Easter. Families up and down the country continue to embrace the annual event, buying and carving more than ten million pumpkins per year.


Dealing with growing volumes of hazardous waste

Jason Houghton, Amey’s account director for commercial waste, asks what the constraints and costs of dealing with growing volumes of hazardous household waste are, and whether the answer is better education for residents or manufacturers taking more responsibility.


Lithuania's waste divide

Lithuania seems to be at odds with itself over waste management, striving to reach an ambitious recycling target while at the same time planning to build more incineration plants.







Collecting effective waste data

Jamie Warmington, Simone Aplin and Dr Adam Read from Ricardo Energy & Environment weigh in on whether we are collecting waste data effectively.


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.


Bin-win situation

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



After the flood

The severity and frequency of wet and stormy weather is on the rise in the UK, increasing the risk of damaging flooding. For resource and waste management professionals, planning and putting flood risk strategies in place is now paramount, says Nicola Meadows, RWM event director at Ascential Events.


Bates at the helm

Recently inaugurated CIWM president Margaret Bates tells Geraldine Faulkner why the subject of waste management is genuinely fascinating, and what some of the answers might be, such as ‘pay-as-you-throw’. Just don’t compare her to Maggie Thatcher


Tbilisi or not Tbilisi, that is the question

Last year Georgia made formal its policy to tackle the country’s lack of modern waste management, but despite the efforts of an EU-funded programme and the promise of its biogas pilots, widespread change is dependent on actual laws being passed, state aid confirmed and investors found. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


Riga gets real

With more than one eye on the European Union’s environmental directives, Latvia has established a waste-sorting plant outside its capital city. But there may be trouble ahead, not least the inability of the country’s recyclers to process anywhere near the volumes intended to exit the facility. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


The end of a sentence

Recycling Lives may look like a typical waste management operation. The Preston, Lancashire-based company specialises in recycling scrap cars, metal, WEEE, household and commercial waste, bulky waste and plastic materials – but that is not all it does. Geraldine Faulkner reports


It's showtime

RWW details the highlights of this year’s must-attend waste management show RWM, from the attending exhibitors and keynote speakers to the discussion topics covered and the CIWM gala dinner



The Hole Story

By the end of the decade there will be only 40-50 landfill sites in the UK, according to estimates – compared with 140 just four years ago, reducing the amount buried from 40 to a mere seven million tonnes. However, landfill will still have a role to play, finds David Burrows


Reducing the risk of fire at waste management sites

Fire is a very probable hazard of a majority of waste management sites. Whether due to slack security or an inadequate initial assessment, there is more than one way for waste fires to break out all year round, says Chloe Hashemi