October 23rd, 2015

Should we welcome the return of nappy recycling?


by Hilary Vick


The news that nappy recycling specialist Knowaste is looking to open a new facility will receive rather a lukewarm welcome – at least from those of us engaged in trying to minimise the environmental impact of nappies by promoting reusables. Their plan, submitted on 14th September, is for a new absorbent hygiene product (AHP) recycling plant in West London, which would take in disposable nappies, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products, using autoclave and shredding technology to recover plastics and fibres for recycling.

Read more on Should we welcome the return of nappy recycling?…

October 16th, 2015

Cash on collection: selling separated recyclables


by Peter Jones and Joe Papineschi


Local authority budgets are slimmer than ever, making it imperative for councils that separately collect materials to achieve the best possible value from them. However, while councils are experienced purchasers of goods and services, selling isn’t something they have much call to do.

Read more on Cash on collection: selling separated recyclables…

October 9th, 2015

Posting the bans: can we ban EPS packaging?

Train Burger

by Ayesha Bapasola


One is the city that never sleeps; the other is famed for its dreaming spires – but both have had a nightmare of a time trying to proactively tackle waste and litter.

Read more on Posting the bans: can we ban EPS packaging?…

March 20th, 2015

Talking GIB-berish


by Dominic Hogg


We’ve now had more than two years of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), enough time to take a view on how green its intervention in the waste sector has been. It won’t be a surprise to hear that the answer is “not very”, but much more interesting to ask why.

Read more on Talking GIB-berish…

December 19th, 2014

Waste in a manger: a materials nativity


by Steve Watson


No nativity scene or play is complete without the presence of the Magi bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the new born messiah. Despite their ubiquity in our picture of Christmas, little is told of them in the Bible except that they travelled from the East following a star, and they are traditionally thought of as wise men or kings.

Read more on Waste in a manger: a materials nativity…

October 21st, 2014

Risk and reward: is it worth bidding for DCLG’s Recycling Reward Scheme?


by Clare Pitts-Tucker


Eric Pickles is making something of a habit of conjuring up pots of money to promote his pet policy proposals. Undeterred by the experience of the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme (WCSS), which proved quite an expensive way to persuade one authority to revert to weekly collections, he has now established a £5m Recycling Reward Scheme (RRS) fund that gives councils the chance to bid for resources to set up local recycling incentive schemes.

Read more on Risk and reward: is it worth bidding for DCLG’s Recycling Reward Scheme?…

September 5th, 2014

Rethinking recycling as reuse

Collection of plastic SML

by Ad Lansink


Eurostat recently published 2012 figures on the treatment of municipal waste across the EU28. Although there is variability in the quality of the underlying data and in the approach to compiling and reporting the figures, the headline numbers still make for interesting reading. The published data shows that the share of municipal waste recycled or composted has risen significantly – from 18% in 1995 to 42% in 2012. Breaking that figure down, however, one can see that only 27% was recycled and 15% composted, while 34% was landfilled and 24% incinerated.

Read more on Rethinking recycling as reuse…