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.


Let's hear it for the Tories 'sweating their assets'

Despite its unappealing title, the Conservatives’ recently released report, ‘Sweating our Assets: (Eugh) Productivity and Efficiency Across the UK Economy (Better) makes some excellent points as well as turning a welcome spotlight on to resource efficiency.






What should the waste sector do about its truculent DCLG minister?

At this time of year, publications such as RWW ask industry pundits to gaze into their crystal balls to predict trends for the New Year. So it is rather depressing to start 2014 with our habitual ‘bête noire’ in the Department of Communities and Local Government, namely Eric Pickles, who has begun ...



Happy holidays and DCLG's 'tom-foolery' on weekly collections

As well as putting together his 2-year-old son's Christmas presents, Dr Adam Read, global practice director for Ricardo-AEA’s resource efficiency and waste management practice, has been keeping a close watch on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) who obviously thought a ...



Are we on the way to turning waste into green energy?

Since this is the last issue of RWW for 2013, I thought it appropriate to end on an optimistic note. So here’s a thought: Is it my imagination or has there been a rise over the last 12 months in waste being converted to green energy (after, of course, all avenues have been exhausted in extracting ...


The waste infrastructure capacity debate

Each month, Dr Adam Read, Practice Director for resource Efficiency & Waste Management @ Ricardo-AEA will discuss the big issues from his point of view, this month he looks at the UK waste infrastructure debate, and the implications for UK sustainability.




When ministers don their sparkly dancing shoes

Here’s a thought: the BBC should hold a Strictly Come Dancing competition just for government minister as they seem to be skilled at the old ‘one-step-forward-two-steps-back’ routine. There are two ministers in particular who would make great candidates for the dancing competition; firstly the ...


Is a new nuclear plant really something to celebrate?

When the announcement was made earlier this month that the UK government and the EDF Group have reached agreement on the building of the nuclear power at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the expression “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” sprang to mind, or as some would say more coyly: “A diverse ...


Gallic bolshiness or Gaelic over optimism?

Predicting the future, as we all know (especially those of us who remember the National Lottery’s Mystic Meg) is a thankless task. So you have to admire Scotland’s courage in predicting it will achieve a 50% recycling rate at the end of this year; particularly when its recycling rates achieved a ...


Why England needs to rediscover its recycling mojo

In an environment where the Celtic tigers of UK recycling produced visionary strategies and ambitious targets, England seems becalmed in a period of relative recycling inactivity and inertia. English recycling rates on the whole have begun to plateau, and the effort required to get any incremental ...

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