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Bioeconomy offers big promises for the future

Back in 2014, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee concluded that government policies had resulted in stagnation rather than stimulation of the bioeconomy.

Ministers were accused of providing a “hodgepodge” of incentives. ...

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Political pledges point to a positive 2018

News headlines of 2017 have been dominated by the increasingly heated debates over controversial political issues, from Brexit to President Trump’s provocative Twitter feed.

But it is not all doom and gloom. If we look beyond the ...


Improving the quality of SRF/RDF

The industry must maximise opportunities where RDF and SRF can become a more sustainable fuel source, according to Dr Stephen Wise, waste sector director and waste technical leader at Wood Plc.

Refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid ...


Our industry must fight gender discrimination and sexism

Sexism is a real problem across society generally, and the waste management industry is no exception. In order to attract more women to the sector, it needs to take the issue seriously.

Let’s talk about sexism and harassment in the ...


Hopes and fears for the waste and resources sector in 2018

After a face-paced four months in my new role many of my colleagues have started to ask me how it’s going and my response has always been very positive.

I have found Suez to be most welcoming, with staff in all locations spending time to ...


An industry-changer for mattress recycling

Mattress mountains are becoming a familiar sight on the UK’s landscape, with around 167,000 tonnes being sent to landfill each year, according to WRAP.

Of an estimated 5.9 million end of life (EoL) mattresses disposed of in 2014, just ...




Using a bin-lock device to protect rough sleepers

Innovation has come to represent something of a buzzword.

Read about any company and I am confident that it will be talking about innovation or innovating. And this is no bad thing, of course. In order to succeed – or in some cases, ...


Waste is surprisingly relaxed about the UK-EU stalemate

The continuous back and forth between the UK Government and its EU counterparts on the matter of Brexit has left the two sides in a seemingly unbreakable impasse, but many in the waste industry don’t seem too bothered by the implications. Should ...


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