Waste zeitgeist German Association for Waste management president Thomas Obermeier explains how waste went from being seen as a contaminant to a resource, why the UK risks again becoming the dirty man of Europe, and champions the leading role Germany can play in educating China and other countries. Geraldine Faulkner reports Sea change Since launching in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's research and reports on the circular economy have gained in stature and caused people in power to take notice across Europe, at the World Economic Forum and beyond. Geraldine Faulkner speaks to the charity's eponymous founder and its executive officer Jocelyn Blériot Punching above its weight Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson tells Geraldine Faulkner how the trade body is ‘fighting the corner for reprocessing’ at a time of turbulence and with limited resources of its own, and why the UK government is failing the industry Bin around the world CEO Brendan Murphy has injected commercial nous and energy into four-wheeled metal bin supplier Egbert Taylor Group. He tells Geraldine Faulkner about the company’s partnership with logistics specialist Wincanton, innovative product lines – and its global sales plans One-man think-tank Karl Falkenberg, the European Commission’s senior adviser on sustainable development, was the main attraction at the recent RWM in Birmingham. Here, he gives Geraldine Faulkner his unique insight into all matters waste on the continent and in the UK A golden ticket for zero waste Andrew Shaw, Nestlé’s head of demand & supply planning, tells Geraldine Faulkner that the food giant’s main philosophy is ‘root cause elimination’ and will meet its zero waste to landfill target by the end of this year, thanks to initiatives such as its continuous improvement strategy and work with charity FareShare Dutch courage The Dutch Waste Management Association’s refreshingly candid and realistic managing director, Dick Hoogendoorn, reveals the secrets behind the Netherlands’ 20-year journey to sophisticated and sustainable waste management and discusses the possible directions for Europe’s CE policy. Geraldine Faulkner reports Accidental South Staffs waste hero Dan Roberts might not have set out to become South Staffordshire Council’s waste management officer, but you wouldn’t think it when hearing him enthuse about everything in the local authority waste pantheon, from fortnightly bin collections to engaging residents to the impact of austerity. Geraldine Faulkner finds out more Making EfW work at Siemens and beyond Mike Houghton, Siemens UK & Ireland’s MD – Process Industries & Drives, discusses his company’s role in the energy from waste market, and wider industry issues – including the impact of the UK’s ever-controversial membership of the European Union. Geraldine Faulkner reports Squaring the circle Dr Forbes McDougall, head of circular economy at environmental services group Veolia UK, explains why the focus of CE is ‘no longer just environmental’ but ‘all about the bottom line’, and how he is trying to make companies see it as an effective business tool. Geraldine Faulkner reports Double the difference South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils’ modest parks and waste manager tells Geraldine Faulkner about the two authorities’ impressive recycling performance, their close working relationship with Biffa, and their plans to improve residential waste management services even further Batting on the same side in waste The chief executive of Viridor and the CSR director of hospitality group Whitbread tell Geraldine Faulkner about their views on partnership and discuss the bigger picture – from why innovation and being prepared to fail occasionally are vital, and why a name change from ‘waste’ to ‘resource’ management would be helpful Waste Wars: The capital fights back London’s household recycling rates might be among the lowest in the country, but the city is making great strides in other key waste management and sustainability areas, the mayor’s senior advisor on environment and energy Matthew Pencharz explains to Geraldine Faulkner in an exclusive interview Ahead of the curve An early pioneer of the circular economy, Professor Walter Stahel is respected worldwide for his views on how to add value to waste through making industrial systems more restorative by design. Maxine Perella caught up with him to find out more Novelis: Challenging the norm in aluminium Novelis is riding the crest of a wave what with the opening of the world’s largest aluminium recycling facility last year in Germany. The company will be exhibiting at next months’s Resource 2015. Geraldine Faulkner catches up with Andy Doran at Novelis to find out what the future holds for the aluminium specialist. What can UKIP offer waste management? Special Report With two members of parliament, former Conservative MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell, now sitting in the House of Commons, it looks as if the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has already got its 2015 general election campaign off to a promising start. Geraldine Faulkner speaks to UKIP’s spokesperson for the environment to find out what plans the party has for the waste management sector.