Time to get happy with nappy composting
OCS/Cannon Hygiene is applying New Zealand's composting know-how to the UK's disposable nappy problem. Katie Coyne reports
Mobile reed bed benefits Heathrow
A new mobile reed bed system - the first of its kind in the UK - is playing a key role in treating effluent water. Mark Clayton, managing director of environmental practice Aardvark, which designed the system, reports on its development and various installations, including one at Heathrow Airport
Taking energy from waste without the carbon
It sounds impossible, but it's not. Bill Butterworth reports on a technology which turns waste into compost, and uses it to grow biofuels
Electrokinetic revolution looms for sludge dewatering
Electrokinetic sludge dewatering is close to becoming a commercial reality. And, according to David Evington, writing on behalf of EKG, it will dramatically change performance
Composting - a cleaner disposal for sludge
In the quest to "clean up our act" in modern society, urban sewage and the way we manage its disposal, has become an important issue. John Jardine, who knows a lot about traditional aerobic aeration, explains why he thinks composting might be one possible way forward for sewerage sludge.
When brown is the new green
When regenerating brownfield sites, one option is to manufacture topsoil using organic materials. This can make perfect financial sense, writes Richard Swannell
The natural solution
With the waste industry facing stricter landfill regulations, increasing numbers of local authorities are turning to in-vessel composting. Alexander Maddan reports
Millions of tonnes of household waste is landfilled in the UK every year, much of which is packaging. Degradable and biodegradable materials are increasingly used but still, among the public, general confusion abounds. Becky Toal reports
In defence of our agency
There are plenty of intelligent, hard-working officers in the Environment Agency and in Defra. It is the structure and culture that are wrong, writes Bill Butterworth
Is your business taking its environmental impact seriously
With the Environment Agency's A Better Place? report still in mind, Brian Millsom looks at environmental and procurement interactions
The unexpected menace
Martin Petersen recently visited the tsunami-hit region of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to establish short-, mid- and long-term waste-management solutions
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (September 2005)
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the changes this month we see the ratification of a pan-European protocol on water and health, the introduction of new packaging waste recycling targets, the EC gives GM animal feed the green light, combined heat and power stations get climate change tax cut in the UK, new regulations for offshore oil discharge and an overhaul of health and safety regulations for animal by-products in England and Wales.
Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years
Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade.
Northern Ireland's recycling rate creeps up
Northern Ireland's recycling and composting rate has reached a new quarterly peak at 45.1%, according to new official figures.
Co-operative Group lends helping hand to food waste with compostable bags
The Co-operative Group is rolling out compostable carrier bags to hundreds of its stores nationwide, in what it claims is an industry first.
A year in waste: how did the UK measure up?
Liz Gyekye presents the 2013 waste industry highlights across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and offers a sneak preview of what's in store for 2014
Celebrities say 'come swine with us' for pig food waste campaign
A string of celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Janet Street Porter and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are backing a national campaign to feed pigs with food waste.
Labouring over the food waste dilemma
Labour has signalled its intention to introduce a landfill ban on food. But is it a credible, cost-effective and even practical policy? David Burrows reports.
7.5 million tonnes of organic waste now recycled
The UK sent 1.69 million tonnes of organic waste for treatment by anaerobic digestion (AD) last year, while a further 5.85 million tonnes was composted.
Manchester's restaurants take on food waste in bid to become UK's greenest city
More than 300 restaurants and hotels across Manchester have signed up to a local food waste scheme, in a bid to make Manchester's hospitality sector the greenest in the UK.
Cumbrian MRF breaks new ground by recovering waste locally
Cumbrian Waste Management has started work on a new £1m materials recovery facility (MRF), which will allow waste materials generated in the county to be recycled locally.
WRAP publishes latest waste management charges
WRAP has today published its latest Gate Fees report, which aims to increase price transparency and improve efficiency in the waste management market.
Glenmore Lodge adds biomass to sustainability credentials
Green tourism company Glenmore Lodge has reduced its electricity consumption by almost 40% during the first half of 2013, due to the installation of a biomass 'heat cabin'.
WRAP to examine economics of collecting 'neglected' waste wood
WRAP has commissioned a series of pilot studies in England to examine cost-effective ways to collect waste wood.
Kent partnership bins waste to advance resource agenda
The Kent Waste Partnership has signalled its clear intention to focus on maximising the value from residents' waste after announcing a name change to the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) at its annual conference in Canterbury last week.
Economics of nappy recycling questioned as UK's only plant closes
The future of nappy waste recycling in the UK appears uncertain despite plans for a new treatment facility to come on-stream later in the year.
Separate food waste collections to be enforced across Ireland
Households across Ireland will be required by 2016 to segregate their food waste, as the country looks to fall in line with European directives.
In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news
Lots of activity on the energy recovery front of late, as the next tranche of treatment infrastructure gets the green light across the UK.
Renewables ups lobby clout with 'superbrand' merger
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has strengthened its lobbying position following a vote by members to integrate the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) into its operations.
Organic waste venture first to profit from GIB funds
A combined anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting facility is the waste sector's first beneficiary of Green Investment Bank (GIB) funding.
Sustainable solution for Network Rail waste processing equipment
A sustainable, modular building has been constructed to accommodate eco-friendly waste processing equipment at Westwood, Network Rail's training centre near Coventry.
Bioplastic cement bags prove worthy of composting
Trials have shown that biodegradable cement bags used on construction sites could be of real value to composting operators.
WLWA influences consumer behaviour to cut food waste
West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports
AD lobby calls for landfill ban on food waste
A ban on food waste to landfill must be put into effect if anaerobic digestion (AD) is to reach its potential of powering 2.5 million homes by 2020.
Olympics must create legacy for compostable packaging
Plant-based packaging is set to play a major role at London 2012 but it will be for nothing if brand owners and waste companies fail to build on this opportunity, a leading Olympics advisor has warned.
National trials set to boost markets for AD digestate
New markets for the use of digestate in the landscape and regeneration sectors are to be explored under a series of trials funded by WRAP.
In brief: municipal waste contract news
Two local authority waste collection and management deals have been finalised this week with Yorwaste and enVar - one in the north of England and one in the south.
Food service sector braced for waste prevention drive
Caterers and food service operators will be expected to commit to reducing food and packaging waste under a new producer responsibility deal this May.
60% of councils show appetite for food waste
Nearly two-thirds of local authorities in England and Wales now collect food waste, or are planning to, but service provision remains patchy with strong regional variation.
Bird Eye aims for zero waste to landfill by 2014
Birds Eye is targeting zero waste to landfill for its manufacturing operations by 2014 under revised plans, a year ahead of its original target.
EU awards £8m to Wales for landfill diversion drive
Wales has received a £8m funding boost from the EU to reduce and recycle waste across two of its southwest counties.
Covanta preferred bidder for EfW deal in royal borough
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) has appointed Covanta Energy as its preferred bidder to treat all residue and organic waste within the borough.
Farm-based recycling scheme held up as example of 'ethical capitalism'
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's call for a return to "ethical capitalism" could benefit a novel recycling operation in which farmers work co-operatively with waste producers.
VIDEO: MITIE set to roll out commercial food waste collection service
MITIE is launching a food waste collection service for its customers next year, including the supply of compostable cutlery, which it claims could result in cost savings of up to 75%.
Two of Britain's largest recycling plants set to close
Lancashire County Council has revealed that a recent surge in national recycling rates along with the severe financial situation facing the local authority has contributed to the closure of two of Britain's biggest recycling plants.
The unfair benefits of Water Discounting
Does the wastewater and sewage industry need to be subsidised by the public purse to continue landfilling sewage waste? Hot Rot Organic Solutions managing director James Lloyd, argues that parts of the Landfill Directive are out of date and operators in the wastewater and sewage treatment industries are continuing to landfill waste, instead of investing in proven recycling technologies which can treat this valuable resource.
Boris Johnson urges businesses to sign up to food waste pledge
London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on businesses to stamp out food waste in the capital and sign up to a pledge which will be launched today (November 18) in Trafalgar Square.
Wastewater treatment 'greenest route' for food waste disposal
Using advanced wastewater treatment facilities to treat food waste through anaerobic digestion (AD) is the best environmental option, according to a new study.
Farmers could save money by sourcing bio-fertiliser from AD
Welsh farmers are being encouraged to realise the benefits of sourcing quality compost and bio-fertiliser, which could result in significant cost savings for them.
Hogan launches Irish compost quality standard IS 441
The Irish composting market has received a boost with the introduction of a national quality standard IS 441, which will help create new markets for compost operators.
Thousands of waste plants at risk of closure in future
Thousands of waste facilities in the UK are at risk of becoming "stranded assets" due to them not being fit-for-purpose as the resource economy evolves, industry advisor Peter Jones has warned.
UK's first nappy composting plant set to open next year
A facility which uses pioneering technology from New Zealand to compost disposable nappies is set to open next year.
UPM deal set to generate £2M in cost savings for Surrey councils
Surrey's two biggest councils expect to generate cost savings of up to £2M a year by bulking up their paper and card household recycling collections.
SWR lands major waste contract at Edinburgh Airport
SWR has won a significant deal to manage the waste at Edinburgh Airport, which is aiming to recycle 70% of its waste by 2020 with the remaining 30% diverted from landfill.
Safety film looks to aid compliance for composting operators
A film to help improve health and safety at composting sites has been released by waste management firm Viridor.
Compost firm County Mulch bought out of administration
Countrystyle Group and Material Change have acquired County Mulch's green and food waste composting businesses and assets, buying the company out of administration.
Lincolnshire lays claim to UK's first 'super waste' site
Organic Recycling has announced its intention to develop a 'super waste' site in Crowland, Lincolnshire, with the capability to treat over 100 different types of waste.
Everything's gone green
Commercial Group has a reputation for tough environmental standards and investment in areas of the company requiring most improvement. Co-founder Simone Mann tells Tom Idle how the targets are met and how the company has grown
Domestic energy use up 18% since 1970
British household energy use increased by 18% between 1970 and 2009, according to new statistics.
Lucrative food waste 'there to be taken' if AD capacity increases
The amount of food waste in the UK available to anaerobic digestion (AD) developers and investors represents a "major opportunity" for the sector if it can be captured.
Scotland slips behind rest of UK as it misses 40% recycling target
Scotland has fallen behind England and Wales on its national recycling performance as it failed to meet a key target to recycle 40% of household waste by the end of 2010.
Getting to the gritty part
As water companies prepare to increase the opportunities for beneficial recycling of sewer grits, best practice guidance is being prepared for the water industry write Kathy Lewin, Tony Dee and James Peacock of WRc
Defra issues guidance for applying the waste hierarchy
Defra has issued updated guidance on applying the waste hierarchy for businesses in line with the revised EU Waste Framework Directive, which was transposed into UK law earlier this year.
Maximise the mixing
Effective digester mixing is key to maximising gas production in AD, says Andy Parr, writing on behalf of System Mix
Biffa secures second Hampshire refuse contract
Biffa has been awarded a joint recycling and refuse collection contract for East Hampshire District Council and Winchester City Council, as the two authorities look to save £2 million in annual costs by merging their services.
Rotamix brings benefits to anaerobic digestion process
When Rotamix tank mixing systems were retrofitted on two digesters at a waste to energy plant gas production rocketed.
Organic farmers set to benefit from 'treated' household waste
Composted and fermented household waste are to be allowed for use in organic farming and horticulture for the first time, in a significant development for the sector.
Earthsong: urban living the sustainable way
Community values are at the heart of an eco-neighbourhood in New Zealand which offers an enviable way of living with its proactive recycling and waste minimisation initiatives. Katie Coyne reports
Welsh recycling rates still on the up
Recycling in Wales is continuing to increase, according to the latest figures. 'The Municipal Waste Management Release October - December 2010' reveals that the municipal recycling and composting rate for the last three months of 2010 rose by 42%, a 5% increase on the same period in 2009.
Maidstone launches new food waste scheme
Maidstone Borough Council officially launched its new food waste scheme earlier this week (21st March).
£4M boost for Scottish food waste scheme
Scottish farmers and renewable energy leaders are backing a £4M Scottish Government initiative that aims to divert 25,000 tonnes of waste food from landfill and recycle it into fertilisers and green energy.
Solum Gruppen plans to enter UK AD market
Solum Gruppen of Denmark is planning to enter the UK market by opening an office to identify and deliver projects for its Aikan dry anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting technology in the UK and Ireland.
LondonWaste partners up to boost organic recycling
LondonWaste has agreed a partnership with three other companies to handle organic waste recycled by households in North London, which has increased dramatically over the past five years, since the development of North London's EcoPark Compost Centre.
Anglesey ahead in Welsh league table
The Isle of Anglesey County Council (IACC) achieved the top recycling and composting rate in Wales with 57%, in the three months from July to September 2010, according to the latest interim recycling and composting figures from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).
Offensive odours lead to fine
A waste management company in Perth was fined £14,000 after complaints were made by residents about offensive odours.
Plans for £60 million waste recovery plant in Aberdeenshire
SITA UK, the recycling and waste management company are to submit a plan to develop a multi-million pound waste treatment plant in Aberdeenshire.
New Earth expands north of the Border
New Earth Solutions has been named as the preferred bidder for a major waste management contract with Scottish Borders Council.
LWARB gives waste infrastructure a £2.9M boost
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) is to invest £2.9M in London's waste infrastructure through two initiatives.
Launch of new compostable checkout bag
A company in Oxfordshire is one of the first in the UK to offer a 100% compostable checkout bag.
Anglesey households achieve 100% food waste recycling
All households on the Isle of Anglesey now have their food waste collected and turned into a compost rich soil improver.
Welsh Assembly consults on statutory recycling
Welsh local authorities are being asked by environment minister, Jane Davidson, to participate in a consultation on statutory targets for municipal recycling.
Retail park hits food recycling target
A food waste recycling scheme launched in August by Bournemouth's Castlepoint Shopping Centre and ECO Food Recycling has already achieved its seven ton target.
West Oxfordshire to double recycling rate within a year
West Oxfordshire District Council is expecting its recycling and composting rate to almost double within the next 12 months, following the launch of its new waste and recycling service through May Gurney.
Barrow makes top ten list of most improved recyclers
Barrow, in Cumbria, has been listed as one of the top ten most improved areas in the country for recycling household waste, in Defra's Municipal Waste Management Statistics for 2009-10.
New Earth boosts its West of England presence
New Earth Solutions is continuing to grow its business in the West of England. It has been granted planning permission for energy recovery and has purchased an additional consented renewable energy site.
It's in the bag for Cromwell
Denbighshire County Council has awarded a two-year contract to supply compostable kitchen caddy liners to Cromwell Polythene.
ADBA urges Government to prioritise food collection
The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) is calling for a significant increase in household food waste collection in response to the Government's Waste Review.
Verdant launches twin scheme in Oxfordshire
Vale of White Horse District Council in Oxfordshire has introduced a new recycling and refuse collection operated by Verdant.
South Oxfordshire recycling rate rockets
South Oxfordshire District Council has seen its composting and recycling rate rocket from 44% to 70% in just 12 months, following the launch of its new recycling scheme.
Stratford-on-Avon in top five for recycling
Stratford-on-Avon Council has been ranked fifth in a recycling league table of all English local authorities for 2009-10.
Cardiff agrees food and garden composting solution
Cardiff Council has awarded New Earth Solutions with a contract to compost its food and garden waste.
Serco wins £650M Sandwell deal
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has awarded a 25-year contract worth £650M to Serco for its new waste improvement plan, which is expected to start from November this year.
London Assembly to probe disparity in recycling rates
An investigation into the wide discrepancy in recycling rates across the capital is being launched by the London Assembly.
Report reveals untapped potential of home composting
Research commissioned by Straight plc from Resource Futures has revealed that local authorities can make significant savings by introducing home composting bins and avoiding landfill costs.
Shropshire funds college composting facility
Shropshire Council has announced that a new composting facility to process kitchen waste has been installed at the community college in Bishops Castle.
Harlow residents double their efforts
New figures published by Harlow Council reveal that local residents are now recycling and composting around 50% of household waste, compared to just 25% last year.
Minister urges Wales to rethink rubbish
Following the launch of Towards Zero Waste, the new strategy introduced in Wales on 21 June, environment minister, Jane Davidson, has welcomed the publication of new waste and recycling figures and has called on householders to change their attitudes towards what they throw away.
Veolia names contractor for Berkshire site
Veolia Environmental Services has awarded a contract to VINCI Construction UK to build an integrated waste management facility at Padworth Sidings in Berkshire.
Peterborough invites new bids for EfW plant
Two new firms have joined the race to design, build and operate new energy-from-waste and materials recycling facilities for Peterborough City Council, after one of the original bidders pulled out of the process.
Warwickshire finds green solution for school slops
Warwickshire County Council is investing in a new Rocket composter from Tidy Planet for its office complex in Warwick. It already uses the machines at its offices in Shire Hall and at five schools throughout the region.