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.


Has Defra acquired a new sense of purpose?

When Brexit finally happens, Defra, like its other departmental counterparts, will be busy deciding which EU laws to keep on the British statute books and which to either alter or scrap completely, which provides both opportunity for effective reform, and uncertainty for the waste management ...


The outlook for energy from waste in the UK

Chris Holmes, head of waste and bioenergy at UK Green Investment Bank, examines what 2017 holds for the EfW industry amid the likely end of local authority-backed projects, the demise of subsidies and increasing competitiveness of contracts for difference, finding the answer may lie in the C&I ...






Small businesses can play a key part in carbon reduction

As a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses claims that one in 10 of all small businesses in the UK now produce their own electricity, Johan Ostlund, director at CooperOstlund, calls for the greater uptake and support of combined heat and power (CHP) technology.


Food waste is a battle we can win by working together

“Where there is unity there is always victory,” wrote Publilius Syrus around 46BC. So this week when we see that progress in reducing UK household food waste has stalled, it doesn’t mean we are losing. It means we need to unite in the fight against food waste, says Marcus Gover, chief executive of ...




Can AD survive in a world without subsidies?

The government must pledge its policy and fiscal support for research and development, including the commercialisation of R&D beyond education establishments, in order to secure the future of the UK’s anaerobic digestion industry and to encourage the country’s circular bio-economy post-Brexit, ...



Brexit plus Trump means double trouble for waste

Just as the unpredictable state of the UK's future waste policy was exacerbated by a High Court ruling that the government must consult MPs on Brexit, and ministers' continued opaqueness on the subject of regulation, everything was made even more uncertain by Donald Trump’s shock US election win.



Make it easier to reuse and everyone will do it

Reuse would be more common if it was simpler to donate reusable items, and networks were developed specifically for managing certain waste items and recovering them in a way that retained their value, writes Dr Christine Cole from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products at ...


Gasification and municipal solid waste

Dr Stephen Wise, associate director, Environment & Infrastructure Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler, takes a look at gasification as a technology for treating municipal solid waste and the challenges this entails.


Is 'storing' waste plastics better than burning?

As global temperatures head for potentially catastrophic levels, landfilling rather than burning waste plastics might be better for the environment, suggests Keith Freegard, director of Axion Polymers.



Organics recycling in 2017: What does the future hold?

Biodegradable resources are a significant stream within the Circular Economy (CE) and make up to 45% of the total waste stream prior to segregation. It is for this reason that much has been done in recent years to remove this from the residual waste stream with separate collection of garden and ...




Scotland surges ahead as England treads water

While England is sitting on the fence when it comes to waste policy – whether from a desire to wait and see what the fall-out from Brexit will be, or just a lack of desire to actually do anything – Scotland is pushing towards a circular economy regardless, writes Maxine Perella


Confidence remains in UK's plastic recycling

It is all too easy to blame falling oil prices for plastic recycling companies’ problems when those that have failed largely struggled because of their lack of market and supply diversity, says David Wilson, MD of Vanden Recycling, who believes that the British sector still has great potential ...


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