Waste management

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.



Collecting waste in the jewel of the Ionian Islands

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and during the months of July and August, dealing with waste management on the island is of particular importance because of the large volumes of waste produced by tourists combined with Mediterranean temperatures reaching 40 degrees. Tim Byrne, specialist in waste collection in Mediterranean countries, reports.


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.


Ensuring employee's health & safety

Health & safety has particular importance for waste management which has historically fared badly when it comes to injury rates and fatalities. Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, emphasises the role training can play in raising standards.


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


Materials on the move: a tough environment

Whether you’re looking for light duty conveyors for paper and plastics or heavy-duty conveyors to transfer bulkier materials, conveyors – along with screens – must be able to stand up to unusual amounts of heavy loading and repeated impact. Claire Col takes a look at some of the options on the market


Scotland the Brave waves the waste management flag

It used to be Wales that occupied the most column inches in RWW, but Scotland is waving the Saltire a lot at the moment; what with the country joining Ellen MacArthur’s Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 programme (that trips merrily off the tongue, doesn’t it? Not) and Zero Waste Scotland unveiling an online poll to gauge how Scottish communities and businesses feel about litter.


Red tape, car parts in Cuba and good communcations

Deregulation is an interesting concept, isn’t it? Defined by the website, Investopedia, as “the reduction of elimination of government power in a particular industry, usually enacted to create more competition within the industry”, it is ironic that some within the waste management industry are urging the government for “robust governance” in the form of regulation.