January 24th, 2014

Difficult to digest: problems with the C&I food waste market


by Hattie Parke and Adam Baddeley


How well is the anaerobic digestion (AD) market developing in the UK? It’s a question that should concern not just investors and developers, but also policy makers and anyone else who wants to see more food waste treated higher up the waste hierarchy.

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November 9th, 2012

We all bin it together

Two bins

by James Fulford


Although the data is thin and somewhat contradictory, it looks as though there’s plenty of room for improvement in the recycling performance of smaller SMEs. But those who want to support increased recycling need to understand how the market-driven commercial waste collection sector works.

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March 30th, 2012

Bringing it all back home

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by Claire Stonier and Peter Jones


If you work at home from time to time, is the waste you produce there domestic or commercial? How about if you manage you computer repair business from your spare room? Or if you run a child minding business in your house?

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February 3rd, 2012

Taking their work home with them

Claire Stonier

by Claire Stonier


The experience of local authorities is that when you constrain the volume of waste that householders can set out – whether by banning side waste, reducing bin sizes, or cutting collection frequency – the effect is to reduce waste arisings. It is commonly assumed that much of this represents genuine waste prevention – householders cutting down what they throw away, perhaps through home composting, or just by using less. But how much is down to illegitimate commercial waste being diverted from the household stream?

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December 28th, 2011

Council of caution

Cheltenham Trade Waste

by Peter Jones


2011 saw commercial waste make an unlikely ascent of the policy agenda. In Wales and Scotland, its prominence can be traced to their challenging recycling targets, which can only be achieved if performance in all waste sectors is improved. But for England, the motivation and the proposed measures are a little different.

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December 9th, 2011

Commercial food waste collection – has the time finally come?

Antony Quinn

by Antony Quinn


Food waste – is it the final piece of the waste hierarchy puzzle? I worked in the waste industry for a number of years and that the main material going to landfill unnecessarily was food – but I couldn’t see a profitable way to avoid it.

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November 4th, 2011

Who will improve recycling services for SMEs?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward


Presumably it was a coincidence that on the same day that Defra unveiled the Business Waste Collection Commitment, the taxmen announced an £8m refund to Leeds City Council – having decided that local authority trade waste services should not be subject to VAT.  It was certainly not a coincidence that the Commitment appeared alongside a slew of research reports and guidance from WRAP on the mechanics and economics of trade recycling collections which had been waiting for months to see the light of day.

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