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.

Why on-site AD needs supportive regulations

On-site anaerobic digestion has a role to play in sustainable food manufacture but the coalition government has failed to live up to promises made five years ago, says Richard Gueterbock, director of Clearfleau. Following on from last week’s issue of RWW, and as the election approaches, he offers ...


Mega trends and the connectivity of our environment

Each month, Dr Adam Read, practice director for resource efficiency & waste management at Ricardo-AEA will discuss the big issues from his point of view, and this month looks at the ‘mega trends’ influencing our sector, and the increasing inter-relatedness of environmental management.




Energy recovery at the heart of the circular economy

In the last two weeks I have been fortunate in having both the time and opportunity to think a little longer and deeper about the issues surrounding energy recovery from a range of waste sources, both here in the UK and farther afield - most notably in the Middle East.


Let's get smart

Julian Gaylor, international sales director at Taylor, examines the validity of recycling targets.


No surprise then; another bland government response

I rarely find myself in agreement with Tony Blair, something that I can be annoyingly smug about, however I grudgingly had to admit he had a point earlier this week when he told the BBC he believed British politics need strong leadership; which is why there has been an upsurge in popularity of ...


The season to be jolly

Each month, Dr Adam Read, practice director for resource efficiency & waste management @ Ricardo-AEA, discusses the big issues from his point of view. On this occasion, he looks at the excesses of Christmas, the changing nature of our bins and reflects on how far the green economy has developed.


Finally, some DECC support for resource management

As we approach the end of 2014, it is pleasant to end on a high note (particularly as our last issue of the year includes our annual review which contains a few lows which you are all only too aware of). So what is the ‘high’ I am referring to? It’s the biomethane tariff review that DECC published ...






Energy recovery at the heart of the circular economy

Each month, Dr Adam Read, practice director for resource efficiency & waste management @ Ricardo-AEA discusses the big issues from his point of view, and this month he considers the progress being made worldwide on thermal and chemical waste treatment and the role that EfW must play in future ...



Breaking down boundaries: Why it makes sense?

Gone are the days when industry sectors can operate in individual silos. An article I was reading recently by an American management consultant called Carol Kinsey Goman (How come Americans always look so groomed? Do they use Mr Sheen to achieve that polished appearance?) points out that a study by ...



Waste Data: Where has all the plastic gone?

Andrew Gadd at Re:Sourcing UK looks at a new methodology for estimating the volumes of commercial & industrial waste that was mentioned in Defra's recently released report entitled 'UK Statistics on Waste - 2010-2012'.




Looking for a hero to lead the UK into the future

Now that another RWM is over, with the less than satisfactory performances by attending politicians, I see there is no comfort to be derived from the Labour conference that took place in Manchester earlier this week.


Moving waste abroad? How to keep it legal

Thanks to rising landfill tax rates, excess treatment capacity in some European countries and excess shipping capacity, the shipment of waste in Europe has risen. Emma Andrews and Nick Churchward at Burges Salmon explore possible pitfalls that face waste exporters.



Eric Pickles steps in again to lend waste a 'helping hand'

ERIC pickles doesn’t give up easily, does he? Despite already having thrown £250m at local authorities to ‘lure’ them back to weekly collections, he feels the time is right to ‘reward’ families with a £5m shopping voucher scheme to incentivise recycling.


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