Waste management

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.



What did the waste sector achieve in 2014?

This year ended much like the last: in disappointment. But despite the lack of interest shown in waste policy across Whitehall and, perhaps even Europe, the sector has carried on regardless. Freelance writer, David Burrows looks at the highs and lows of the UK waste management industry over the last 12 months.


Waste collection in the Gulf of Cádiz

Waste collection specialist in Mediterranean countries, Tim Byrne examines the waste management system of the Spanish coastal resorts of Lepe, Islantilla and La Antilla on the Gulf of Cádiz and looks at how the municipalities deal with the pressures of high numbers of visitors at the height of the tourist season.


Complete Wasters: For when the party is over

Have you ever wondered what happens to the rubbish festival-goers leave behind after a music festival? Three people in the know are the team from Complete Wasters, a workers’ co-operative based in Sileby, Leicester. Marie-Claire Kidd reports.


Driving the UK market for recycled plastics

In August, the British Plastic Federation Recycling Group launched a manifesto setting out proposals to reform the PRN/PERN system for plastics, increase the use of recycled plastics in UK manufacturing and encourage investment in recycling infrastructure. Three industry experts share their views on the manifesto.


Scotland: Standing on the cusp of change

There was an energised feel in the air at Glasgow last month, as industry leaders North of the border mapped out their future intentions for waste and resources policy at the annual Scottish Resources conference. Freelance writer Maxine Perella reports.


Hoovering up road dust, dirt and debris

With Autumn in full swing, local authority road sweepers are being kept busy with trees shedding their leaves along with the usual collection of debris on the roads. Freelance writer Claire Col takes a look at the road sweeping options available on the market and the recycling opportunities they offer.


Keeping the workforce safe in a risky working environment

Paul Shaw examines the occupational hazards experienced by front line workers in the waste management industry and looks at measures on how to protect them against risks including working with highly combustible materials, exposure to harmful substances and confined space working.


OSIL launches cold war on bad odours

Odour and air pollution control specialist OSIL’s strong links with academia is enabling the company to lead the way when it comes to innovation in odour control. Guy Forrest-Hay, OSIL's sales & business development director explains.