Waste management

Mission impossible?

The UK has just four years to comply with an EU target to recycle 50% of household waste. With time running out, David Burrows assesses the options available for cash-strapped councils


Turkish delight?

Waste management is a mixed bag in Turkey, which in recent years has brought in laws to make the country more EU-friendly while largely failing to sufficiently implement them. But the foundations for future improvement have definitely been laid, writes Dr Stephen Wise, principal consultant at Ricardo Energy & Environment


Chewing the IFAT

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, IFAT is a biennial trade show that this year is taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich. As well as exhibitors from the waste and raw materials management, water and sewage sectors, it includes technical lectures, discussions and presentations. RWW reports


Programmed for efficiency

When it comes to software, an almost endless list of potential business efficiencies are achievable, for organisations of all sizes. Steed Webzell gets the lowdown on the latest waste management software solutions and how they are being used in the field.


Understanding skip hire: Sizes, limitations, alternatives, permits and tips

Skip hire can be an affordable and convenient waste removal solution in many circumstances, with numerous sizes and configurations available. However, there are numerous limitations and restrictions associated with skips, and some jobs are better suited to alternative waste disposal services, writes Chris Kervin at Skip Hire Services.


Politically incorrect

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK CEO David Palmer-Jones lets rip on the danger of Brexit (as well as the problems the EU has created), the volatility of the commodity market – and the world at large – and uncertainty about how the sector will cope ‘post-landfill’. By Geraldine Faulkner


Teckal'd pink

Some local authorities are claiming major cost savings from taking their municipal waste services in-house. Known as re-municipalisation, is this catching on and what benefits can it offer compared with the private sector? Matt Clay investigates what the future holds for the hybrid, Teckal structure


Can Kyrgyzstan sort it out?

Kyrgyzstan is the small Asian state located between Kazakhstan and China on the most southern part of the post-Soviet Union space. With a population of nearly six million people, the country produces 1.5 million tonnes of waste annually – which, perhaps not surprisingly – all goes to landfill. Vladislav Vorotnikov investigates.


How deep were the spending review cuts?

Yes, the cuts in George Osborne’s recent spending review were smaller than expected, but the waste industry will largely feel the pinch. Matt Clay asks who the winners and losers will be in this latest reallocation of resources


Riding the wave of waste M&As

Now a multi-billion-pound industry, UK waste and recycling is attracting attention from both local and international investors. However, having had a quiet start to the year compared with 2014, will merger and acquisition activity pick up? Matt Clay investigates


Obstructions, obstacles and opaqueness

Special Report

Moldova’s commitment to modern waste management is whiffier than a stewed cabbage, with investors put off by a seeming lack of will to pass the laws necessary for creating a sustainable and effective industry. Vladislav Vorotnikov relates another Eastern Europe tale of isolated efforts hampered by financial and moral quagmire


Riding the wave of waste M&As

Now a multi-billion-pound industry, UK waste and recycling is attracting attention from both local and international investors. However, having had a quiet start to the year compared with 2014, will merger and acquisition activity pick up? Matt Clay investigates


Baku to the future

Azerbaijan has halted the growth of landfill and avoided ecological disaster in the capital, Baku. But there is still a lot of work to do as it tries to shift from incineration to recycling. The answer, it thinks, exists in multiple projects, rather than one big scheme. Vladislav Vorotnikov reports


Wasted opportunity

The International Solid Waste Association’s recent report on the world’s biggest open dumpsites makes for grim reading, documenting both their environmental and human impacts. But, like similar studies, the report’s glimmer of hope lies in potential solutions – if the will can be found to action them. David Burrows reports


Minsk malaise

Special Report

Belarus, like its ex-Soviet Union bloc neighbours, is struggling to modernise its waste processing industry while landfill sites just get bigger and bigger. The president has acknowledged the seriousness of the situation by announcing the construction of major facilities, but solving the problem will be easier said than done, reports Vladislav Vorotnikov


Imagine...

From the Smart Cities project in Milton Keynes where sensors in bins send out an alert when they are full and ready for collection, to ‘product passports’ that reveal an item’s repairability, to interconnected waste supply cycles, the opportunities afforded by the Internet of Things are fantastic, writes Maxine Perella


Big waste issues in little Gambia

Rubbish collection and sorting in Africa’s smallest nation is rudimentary to say the least, but measures are being taken at home and from abroad to help the local population emerge from its quagmire. Louise Hunt meets those on the front line of efforts to bring Gambia’s waste management into the 21st century


Will Ukraine ever come clean?

Economic crisis and the conflict with Russia have compelled Ukraine to abandon its ‘Clean City’ project, which would have seen the creation of the country’s first modern waste-processing facilities. Vladislav Vorotnikov traces the rise and fall of the scheme, and scopes the prospects of any future revival



A Clean Sweep: Rethinking the way to tackle litter

Further to the report on litter published last week by the Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee, environmental consultant, Eunomia has responded with its own report on how to tackle the problem.


A look back in time: Waste collection in Monaco in the 1980s to the mid-1990s

In 1980, the principality of Monaco had a population of 26, 746 people but by 1990, the population had increased to 29,438 people. The principality stretches over an area of 2.02 km2 (0.78 square miles) and is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world and is home to the most millionaires and billionaires in the world per capita head. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports.


The ups and downs of the Green Party

In the second of our interviews with political parties in the run-up to the general election, Green Party representative and leader of the Brighton & Hove City Council, Jason Kitcat tells Geraldine Faulkner about his local government experiences and the challenges he sees facing whoever is first past the post on May 7.


Ebola waste task force responds to challenge

What greater challenge could there be for a waste management specialist than working in an Ebola stricken country? Maxine Perella, freelance writer, reports on how a special Ebola waste task force has been set up to deal with waste handling in exceptionally demanding circumstances.


Why C&D recycling targets are an obstacle to growth

In 2012 62% of construction, demolition and excavation waste in Europe was recycled according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan. Peter Craven at CDE Global argues that rather than demonstrating success these targets are masking wider problems in the CD&E waste recycling sector across Europe.


Could refuse derived fuel replace coal in the Czech Republic?

Approximately 30 million tonnes of waste are produced in the Czech Republic annually. Of this, municipal waste comprises 5.2 million tonnes. Petr Ruzicka, sector manager for energy & environment, CzechInvest reports on how refuse derived fuel could make a difference.