Opinion

Recycling & Waste World's opinion articles bring you the latest industry expert and editorial points of view on recycling and waste management on topics such as energy from waste, anaerobic digestion, waste collection and more.


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 they be, asks David Burrows


DRS is helping to facilitate a materials value chain that works for all

Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) are very much flavour of the moment. Since the summer months we have heard the Scottish environment secretary Roseanne Cunningham openly come out in favour of a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and cans in Scotland, with a range of organisations are now working ...


The knock-effects of China's import ban

China’s waste import ban is understandable in terms of its attempt to clean up its materials-handling industries, but what will be the effects on the country, its neighbours and those that are doing the exporting?


Sexism has no place in the waste industry

Seeing the recent interview at the French Open where a male tennis player tried to repeatedly kiss a female reporter, his male colleague failed to stop it and where the studio presenters laughed it off made me think about our own sector.


Policy vacuum frustrates as industry seeks guidance

As if the uncertainty caused by Brexit wasn’t enough, the UK’s waste management industry still has no clear national policy guidance from Defra, leaving big question marks hanging over issues from RDF exports to the future of landfill.


Biffa's campaign to make pavements safe: one year on

It's a year since Biffa launched a campaign to tackle the risks caused by drivers mounting pavements to get around bin lorries. Biffa regional safety and health coach Dave West looks at the impact it has had and discusses future plans.





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 been exposed.


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.







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.




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, explains Charles Cocklin, team leader waste for ...


Talking dirty

Laura Tainsh, a waste specialist lawyer at Davidson Chalmers, gives her impressions of the ‘Resourcing the Future 2017 Conference – a partnership event by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Environmental Services Association, Resource Association and Waste and Resources Action ...



50% recycling and beyond: challenges and opportunities

To achieve real progress beyond 50% recycling rates the waste management and recycling industry needs closer collaboration and recognition of shared cross-sector goals and challenges, along with a shared risk and responsibility from producers, packagers, retails, recyclers and reprocessors, ...


Companies should take responsibility for recycling their own mattresses

The rising issue of irresponsible recycling has been hitting landlords, retailers and housing associations where it hurts in recent weeks, with ill-equipped recycling companies abandoning mountains of mattresses and other waste materials and failing to adhere to the proper processes, says Nick ...

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