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.

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 ...


Both parties prepare for a long-drawn-out Brexit

Some important steps have been taken to prepare for Brexit, while the UK has to decide whether it will continue to be part of Europol - which recently solved a €1.2 million metal-theft case - following its eventual separation from the EU. Lydia Heida reports on these and other key developments


Learning lessons and looking to the future

Steve Lee, the outgoing chief executive of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, reflects on his time in the role, looks to the future challenges and opportunities facing the industry and sets out some of the CIWM’s current projects, from the circular economy to waste crime and beyond


More EPR seems certain but some kinks need ironing out

Extended producer responsibility is gaining traction as a potential force for good, with examples such as the Somerset Waste Partnership/M&S scheme showing how the private and public sectors can make it work, while the Health & Safety Executive is reviewing legislation on plant and equipment ...


Recycling contamination - problem or symptom?

Each month, Dr Adam Read, practice director for resource efficiency & waste management @ Ricardo Energy & Environment discusses the big issues from his point of view, and this month considers the growing concern about recycling quality and where the sector might be heading in terms of future ...


Making best use of conferences and seminars

With 2016's conference and seminar season getting underway, Dr Stephen Wise, associate director, environment & infrastructure Europe at Amec Foster Wheeler, gives advice as to how visitors should make the most of these industry events.


Quality, quality, quality

Robin Stevenson, managing director, non-hazardous waste, William Tracey Group, discusses the need to focus on quality throughout the materials recycling process.



Maximising the value of waste

Recent reports that the percentage of rejected recycling is at its highest since 2011 is testament to the fact that the industry is broken. What is needed is a sustainable waste strategy that balances and aligns environmental imperatives with hard, economic realities, argues FCC Environment Group ...



May's overhaul raises some eyebrows - and questions

The new PM did not take long to ditch the DECC and replace key ministers, putting Greg Clark in charge of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, giving Andrea Leadsom the environment remit and redeploying Rory Stewart. Only the first of these personnel moves is encouraging, ...

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