WRAP chief praises Wales' green achievements
Wales is leading the green agenda and is on track to secure a resource efficient future, according to WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin.
Unilever to run start-up sustainability 'hackathon'
Unilever is offering up to £30k of funding for an established start-up technology business with a sustainability solution it is looking to scale.
On-Farm AD Loan Fund launched by WRAP
Farmers across the country are now able to apply for a loan of up to £400,000 to build small-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants on their land, as part of a £3m initiative from Defra and WRAP.
Business Secretary opens London's 'first' commercial-scale AD plant
Business Secretary Vince Cable has opened London's first commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham.
Interface swims towards Mission Zero by closing loop on fish waste
Interface has announced it is now more than halfway to reaching Mission Zero - its goal to eliminate any negative impact its operations have on the environment by 2020.
New agreement cuts council's total waste by 11% but halves green waste collected
Melton Borough Council has seen overall waste to landfill fall by 11% in the first full year since agreeing a new service model with Biffa, but the majority of gains came from street sweepings recovery, and green waste tonnage halved.
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.
Isn't it about time waste was kept closer to home?
Empowering local communities to make the best uses of their resources can be a powerful economic driver - if only waste companies would cotton on, says Javier Rojo
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.
Professional golf club swings zero waste success
One of Scotland's top golf courses has achieved zero waste to landfill as part of its drive to make the sport more sustainable.
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.
Giant autoclaves shipped in for £50M steam treatment plant
The UK's largest autoclaves have arrived at Graphite Resources' £50M Derwenthaugh EcoParc in Gateshead, shipped across from the Gulf of Mexico.
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
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.
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
The grass is greener...
Yorkshire Water treats around 350M m3 waste water per year, resulting in the production of 150,000-plus tonnes of dry solids. By 2010 this production will have increased by at least 15% due to improvements made at many of the company's 600 wastewater treatment works to meet the Freshwater Fish Directive requirements. Tom explains.
Croydon council has found partnership working invaluable in developing the UK's first TreeStations - where tree surgery waste is processed into fuel, providing heating for the community. Tom Idle reports
The role of Energy from Waste within integrated waste management
Ian Crummack, General Manager of Cyclerval UK - a subsidiary of the Tiru Group - explains why proportionally scaled Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities have an important role to play with today's integrated waste management systems.
Composting research and solutions to meet the UK's requirements for waste management
As waste management and landfill regulations are changing dramatically, Patrick Pierrepont of advisory service ADAS looks at extensive research and composting solutions that are currently be investigated and delivered in order to meet the changing national agenda.
The landfill challenge: changing our wasteful ways
Recycling is a word that many people outside of the industry have long found disengaging. Peter Jones, Director of external affairs at Biffa looks at what is being done to revitalise the challenge to reduce the UK's reliance on landfill.
Turning over a new leaf
Composting has an important part to play in the UK’s waste treatment strategy but its development has been hampered by food disposal regulations. Jon Reeds investigates
EBM looks at plans to remediate an abandoned colliery at the same time as producing energy
A case of trial and amendment
Little information was available on composting digested sewage sludge when AFT began a two-year study to establish the optimum mix for such material. Jeff Constantine reports
Sludge reuse: the time is now
Mike Rewcastle, technical strategy manager - sludge, for Northumbrian Water, argues the water industry should not be exclusively responsible for the future management of sludge
A new look at remediation
CL:AIRE, an organisation established to demonstrate remediation research and technologies on contaminated sites, continues to attract innovative projects to its portfolio. Paul Beck, chief executive of CL:AIRE, highlights a few.
Power partnering drives innovation
Power partnering can be defined as ‘a long term, mutually beneficial agreement between partners, in which resources, knowledge and capabilities are shared with the objective of enhancing each partner’s competitive position’. Barbara Hutton, Cleanaway’s waste & recycling manager at BASF, Seal Sands, explains how the two companies worked together to achieve total waste management.
Biowaste facility for World Heritage Site
Off the eastern seaboard of Australia a valuable island group is benefitting from leading-edge waste treatment which not only accommodates a burgeoning tourist industry but also ensures the islands' fragile ecosystems.
Tired and tested technology
The majority of land reclamation schemes in the UK still rely heavily on straightforward excavation or encapsulation to clean up contaminated sites. Innovative Treatment Technologies (ITTs) apply chemical, biological or physical processes to destroy, change or remove contaminants from soil or water to render them immobile. Whilst such technologies have gained much wider acceptance in other EU countries and in the US, their acceptance within the UK has been restricted. Mike Dinsdale and Tim O'Hare of Mayer Environmental Services Ltd examine some of the reasons why.
TEG offers alternative to windrow composting
Dr Alan Heyworth of TEG Environmental argues for an alternative to windrow composting, which he claims will result in a more consistent end-product.