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Mercury, crime and lost cars top the EU agenda

The EU has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury to improve how the dangerous metal is mined, used and disposed of, a project to develop hi-tech solutions to waste crime has issued a report, and the problem of missing end-of-life vehicles has ...

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Waste needs to be a safer place to work

More needs to be done to reduce work fatalities and life-changing injuries in the UK waste sector, which has a relatively poor health and safety record, explains Christine Cole, research fellow at Nottingham Trent University.

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Service efficiencies and the internet of things

Dr Stephen Wise and Richard Garfield from Amec Foster Wheeler take a look at how technology will impact the sector in years to come.

In the film Minority Report there is a scene where Tom Cruise is walking down the street and is ...


Is it time we took control of our own waste removal?

Managing director of waste removal firm Yes Waste James Scarlett looks at the benefits of using a waste removal service.

It’s estimated that at least 50% of the rubbish we throw away in the UK can be reused or recycled. Isn’t that a ...



Improving your chances of success with EPC

I recently spoke at a European conference on the successful delivery of waste management engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.

It was interesting to observe that many of the delegates related to one of the key ...


Can businesses achieve a zero waste to landfill target?

Waste hierarchy systems were introduced in 2011 in order to reduce the amount of waste arriving at landfill sites.

These rules suggest that all organisations who deal with waste should dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. ...


Why we need to be ready for a circular economy

As we move closer to a circular economy becoming a reality, we need to consider the implications for the waste management industry and its future role – because less waste will require a different infrastructure from what we have now.


Is Michael Gove already a lame duck Defra secretary?

Environment Secretary Michael Gove doesn’t seem to have much of a plan for waste and resources, while Defra has rejected calls to reform the packaging note recovery system.

And cynicism continues in the House of Lords, which has ...


Waste crime: the multi-million pound swindle

Christine Cole is a Research Fellow, Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. Here she looks at the devastating cost of waste crime.

In Britain and other developed countries, disposing of unwanted ...


Moving away from the image of a dirty and smelly industry

As we journey towards reducing and reusing the rubbish mountain produced from an increasingly consumer driven population; resource management, waste recycling and energy from waste (EfW) have become major growth markets across the UK, and globally, ...

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