August 22nd, 2014

A mattress of opinion: how do you make the best of bulky waste?

Photo by Angie from Sawara, via Wikimedia Commons.

by Alex Murray

 

When you’re buying a new bed or mattress, it’s easy to forget about the hidden expense and hassle of parting company with your old one. So how do the reuse and recycling options for an old bed or mattress shape up? Is there something you can do that is easy, economical and environmentally friendly?

Read more on A mattress of opinion: how do you make the best of bulky waste?…


August 15th, 2014

Has the circular economy killed the waste hierarchy?

Byzantine_CROP

by Thomas Vergunst

 

The concept causing the biggest stir in the resource sector at the moment is without doubt the circular economy. Every other conference and workshop appears to be attempting to untangle its various forms and guises, and understand how it might be implemented in practice. It isn’t unexpected that it should form the central theme of events such as the recent Resource conference in London or Brussels’ Green Week, but it was even on the agenda of the World Economic Forum at its annual meeting in Davos earlier this year.

Read more on Has the circular economy killed the waste hierarchy?…


August 12th, 2014

Is the circular economy achievable or desirable?

by Roy Hathaway

 

Defra Resources Minister Dan Rogerson drew a lot of criticism when he said, at the CIWM/ESA conference in June, that a completely circular economy was neither achievable nor desirable.

Read more on Is the circular economy achievable or desirable?…


August 1st, 2014

Storing up trouble: is export the cause of ‘orphaned’ waste?

6121029305_973e7bc159_z

by Mike Brown

 

To call the increase in the amount of UK waste being exported to mainland Europe as refuse derived fuel (RDF) over the past few years ‘dramatic’ would be an understatement. Growth from around 270,000 tonnes in 2011 to over 1,500,000 tonnes in 2013 has now been surpassed with current tonnages of 800,000 in the first quarter of 2014. With landfill around £100/t, exporting residual waste to take advantage of low gate fees at underused European incinerators is an enticing prospect. Recently, this prospect has become relevant not only to waste companies managing C&I waste but also to those handling municipal waste. And with European facilities usually considerably more efficient than those in the UK – harnessing heat in addition to generating electricity – there can even be a strong environmental case for export.

Read more on Storing up trouble: is export the cause of ‘orphaned’ waste?…


July 25th, 2014

Full circle: waste policy changes for a circular economy

Money-pounds

by Dominic Hogg

 

The interest which the most recent incarnation of the circular economy (CE) has generated provides an opportunity to reappraise our thinking. There are two important areas of policy which I have long felt needed addressing, and I’ve challenged the concepts against the principles of the CE. The logic of the CE seems to strengthen the case for change rather than weakening it.

Read more on Full circle: waste policy changes for a circular economy…


July 11th, 2014

Vital statistics: breathing new life into public engagement

Sanc0112_-_NOAA_Photo_Library

By Emma Gowing and Steve Watson

 

Did you know that if all the waste statistics published in 2013 were cut out and laid end to end they would reach to the moon and back? Ok, we made that up, but no doubt you’ve heard many similar statements relating to numbers of cans landfilled, bottles recycled, and all manner of other waste-related data.

Read more on Vital statistics: breathing new life into public engagement…


July 1st, 2014

Manifesto destiny: waste policy in the 2015 election

Polling_Station_at_St_Faith

by Rob Gillies

 

A few weeks ago I was asked by MRW if I would provide some comments on what waste-related policies we might expect to see in the manifestos of the major political parties as we move towards the 2015 general election. This is what I wrote:

Read more on Manifesto destiny: waste policy in the 2015 election…