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.

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 ...



Making reuse easier for WEEE customers

Dr Christine Cole, research fellow in product lifetimes at the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University?, looks at creating business models whereby WEEE product longevity is increased.


Delivering consistency for all?

Waste management consultant, Victoria Hutchin of Ricardo Energy & Environment, investigates whether the Framework for Greater Consistency should only be the first step in delivering an ambitious new waste policy agenda for England.


Was plastics recycling a priority at K2016?

The UK has set an objective of recycling 57% of plastic packaging by 2020. To achieve this target, the Plastics Industry Recycing Action Plan (PIRAP) is being implemented by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and Plastics Europe with the support of WRAP, writes Paul Fears at Bunting Magnetics ...


Setting the record straight

On the heels of recent news coverage in both Newsweek (9 September) and the Huffington Post (19 September and 28 September) that cast the secondhand clothing industry in a less than favourable light, trade associations in both the US and the UK have issued a response to clarify the misconceptions ...


Cleaning up our act

Dr Stephen Wise, associate director, environment & infrastructure Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler, looks at the similarities between waste and the cleaning and hygiene sectors


Hubbub and Unilever urge consumers not to waste Halloween pumpkins

New research released by environmental charity Hubbub and Unilever reveals the number of edible pumpkins set to go to waste this Halloween. Reported to be Hubbub's and Unilever’s third in a series of seasonal campaigns to tackle the seven million tonnes of food and drink wasted in UK homes each ...


Vanden Recycling responds to ESA's proposed PRN reforms

Vanden Recycling MD David Wilson says he welcomes the Environmental Services Association (ESA) report into reform of the packaging producer responsibility system, but suggests that the detail of any of the proposals must be got right before implementation.



New fire guidance is burning a hole in common sense

No-one wants to see fire take hold at a waste facility and, like fellow safety-minded colleagues in the industry, Grundon Waste Management takes fire prevention very seriously indeed. However, Neil Grundon, deputy chairman of Grundon Waste Management, argues that the new fire guidance needs a ...




Why the Chinese are buying European waste assets

It was evident at IFAT this year, the trade fair for the recycling, water and resource management industry, that the Chinese are courting the European waste market. Not only were they the fifth largest exhibitor behind the DACH (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) countries, but Chinese nationals ...


Getting my hands dirty with composting

This month sees Dr Stephen Wise, associate director, Environment & Infrastructure Europe, Amec Foster Wheeler, examine the potential health impacts of bioaerosols and look at how best to approach the problem


The importance of sustainability in glass recycling

Manufacturers are key players in the fight to reduce Europe's carbon footprint. Here, Fiacre O'Donnell, head of strategic development at glass manufacturer and bottler Encirc, looks at the importance of sustainability within the sector.


It's all about the jeans

If you are going to talk the talk then you need to walk the walk. That has never been more important than earlier this week when I delivered my first speech as WRAP CEO at RWM, and I decided to wear my Nudie jeans. I didn’t realise they would cause so much interest on Twitter - although admittedly ...

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