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Flanders: a society built on recycling

With its popular recycling parks, fashionable reuse shops and tiny landfill rates for household waste, Flanders in Belgium looks like an unqualified waste management success story. David Gilliver investigates

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InterfaceFLOR's climb to conquer Mount Sustainability

Global carpet tile manufacturer InterfaceFLOR is on a mission to eliminate its entire environmental impact by 2020. Ramon Arratia talks to Maxine Perella about its journey so far

Foul odours see waste company pay out almost £90,000

A company which caused misery for nearby residents from foul odours and dust was fined £65,000 plus £22,837 in costs by Croydon Crown Court.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds

The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.

Trafford councillor Michael Hyman cuts the ribbon to officially open BandM plant

B&M opens £1m commercial waste facility in Manchester

Waste management firm B&M Waste Services has opened a £1m facility in Manchester to process commercial waste into refuse derived fuel (RDF) for export to Germany.

Microsoft is among 10 founding partners of the newly launched R2 Leader programme

Microsoft, Sony and Panasonic commit to more responsible recycling

Microsoft, Panasonic, Xerox and Sony America have teamed up to back a new programme to encourage more reuse and responsible recycling of used consumer electronics goods.

Green groups call on European Union to be ambitious and work towards a circular economy

Call for EU to follow ten steps to implement circular economy

A group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement calling for the European Union (EU) to implement ten steps that will help Europe work towards a circular economy.

RCN urges healthcare organisations to use new guidance

Healthcare sector urged to strengthen staff training on waste management

Healthcare organisations need to strengthen staff training on waste management in order to reduce their impact on the environment and reduce costs, according to new guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

British Airways takes off with sustainable jet fuel

British Airways gives green light to use waste for jet fuel

British Airways has announced that it will start producing jet fuel made from waste destined for landfill in order to reduce its carbon emissions.

Artist impression of planned EfW plant

Norfolk County Council ceases EfW contract

Norfolk County Council's Cabinet has voted to abandon its King's Lynn energy-from-waste (EfW) contract with Cory Wheelabrator.

LGA wants to see a thriving markete for reuse goods

LGA urges retailers to expand take-back services to prevent waste

The Local Government Association is urging retailers to expand or introduce take-back services for unwanted goods to divert them away from landfill and encourage reuse.

England's recycling rate tiptoes up

England's household waste recycling rate has reached a new quarterly peak at 46.2%, according to official figures.

Permission to construct the UK's largest onshore wind demonstration site has been granted

UK's largest offshore wind demonstration site gets go ahead

Development of the UK's largest offshore wind demonstration site has received dual planning consents for the construction of the site and the onshore substation.

Public warming to 'social value' of energy-from-waste

Public acceptance for energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities is growing especially if such infrastructure can be linked to community benefit packages, new research has shown.

Building design of Addenbrooke's energy innovation centre

Energy innovation centre to save Cambridge University Hospitals £30m

A new energy innovation centre which will deliver significant carbon and cost savings for Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has received planning permission from the Council.

Incineration must be challenged to avoid 'environmental vandalism'

The waste industry is at risk of "walking blindly" into a "resource wasting trap" by relying too much on incineration as a disposal option, a leading authority has warned.

European EfW market soon to 'peak' as UK reaches saturation point

The waste-to-energy market is slowing down according to new research, which suggests that the commissioning of new capacity will decrease in the UK and across Europe from 2015 onwards.

EfW policy inertia is 'damaging' UK's energy security ambition

There is a pressing need for the waste industry to work more collaboratively with government to fully exploit the energy potential of residual waste via heat networks, a leading expert has said.

Location 'dealmaker' for merchant EfW backing, investor hints

The site location of energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in relation to feedstock is a significant determining factor in attracting investment for merchant projects.

Clinical waste firm aims for zero waste to landfill

Clinical waste company SRCL has announced it is aiming to meet a zero waste to landfill target by the end of the year.

New innovation centre to save NHS £20m in energy costs

Funding has been secured for a new energy innovation centre for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which will save £20m in energy costs and 25,000 tonnes of CO2.

ANALYSIS: Energy powers up as circular economy bottleneck

Questions are being asked over whether there is a valid role for energy-from-waste in the emerging circular economy as design principles underpinning goods and services start to be realigned with material optimisation.

By 2016 it will be illegal to dispose of food waste in black bags

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.

Value of European EfW market will rise to $5bn by 2016

Investment in the European energy-from-waste (EfW) market is expected to reach $5bn by 2016 as landfill diversion strategies gather pace over the next three years.

England shows slowdown in recycling rate

Fears have been raised that national recycling rates in England may be flatlining following the release of latest figures from Defra.

EfW tool set to optimise energy outputs from residual waste

A tool to help calculate renewable energy outputs from waste materials is set to optimise recovery processes at energy-from-waste (EfW) plants.

Steve Lee: Sucking energy from residual waste will the big game in town

Rise of EfW in UK will be 'meteoric' claims CIWM chief

The UK energy-from-waste market is expanding rapidly and shows signs of further growth potential, according to a leading industry figurehead.

Large-scale EfW set to lose out as Scotland steps up zero waste

Scotland's emerging waste treatment landscape will be dominated by localised facilities rather than large-scale energy recovery, a group of experts have forecast.

Jonathan Porritt: More understanding is needed around innovative energy recovery solutions

Jonathon Porritt advocates EfW for plastics recovery

Enviromentalist Jonathon Porritt has called for a more open debate on the potential of using waste-to-energy to recover the calorific value in plastics waste.

Sterecycle enters administration as trading suffers

Waste treatment and renewable energy provider Sterecycle has gone into administration following a "significant downturn" in trading results.

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

Plenty of activity to report on this week, north and south of the country as plans for new energy recovery plants to deal with food and residual waste get underway.

Truckin' waste: on the road to smarter delivery

Waste needs to be seen as a 60m tonne logistics challenge. But with big corporates now encroaching into this space, the days of skips and refuse vehicles may be numbered, warns Peter Jones

Incinerator bottom ash has gold rush potential

Energy-from-waste companies are sitting on a lucrative "gold mine" of valuable metals in incinerator bottom ash which they could profit from if these materials were recovered.

EfW vital to UK meeting future waste targets

A pressing need to increase recovery rates for non-municipal waste streams will drive strong growth in energy-from-waste (EfW) technologies over the next four years, new research reveals.

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

A leading anaerobic digestion firm has secured significant funding for a commercial food waste venture while plans to build an energy recovery plant in Buckinghamshire are under threat.

Dutch EfW giant taps into UK's emerging RDF supply

A Dutch player has entered the UK energy-from-waste market in a bid to secure more feedstock for its energy recovery plants in the Netherlands.

ANALYSIS: EfW hot winner in ROCs banding review

Energy-from-waste appears to have benefited ahead of other renewable energy technologies under the latest review of the renewables obligation certificate (ROC) subsidy banding.

Landfill tax forecast raises future levy concerns

Despite government predictions that landfill tax take will rise by £500m over the next four years, speculation is mounting that the sector may be hit by new levies in the future.

E.ON receives 800 million euro bid for its EfW arm

Energy giant E.ON has received a bid worth more than 800 million euros (£642m) for its energy-from-waste business division, according to Reuters.

Third of EfW operators predict downturn in 2013

A third of energy-from-waste operators across Europe are forecasting a contraction in business activity over the next 12 months, according to new research.

Wolseley achieves zero waste aspirations

Building products firm Wolseley UK's Leamington Spa site is now zero waste to landfill after a number of its operating facilities reached ambitious waste targets.

Inside the waste bunker, which is served by 12 tipping bays

Incinerator trio powers up at UK's largest EfW plant

Three incineration lines are now up and running under one roof at the UK's biggest energy-from-waste plant, which went live earlier this month in southeast London.

Bankability top 'stumbling block' for waste sector

Investor confidence is the biggest barrier to successful delivery of future waste infrastructure according to an exclusive edie webinar poll.

Viridor celebrates construction progress in Ardley

In brief: energy-from-waste contract news

Viridor reaches a milestone in the construction of its latest energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, while Waste Recycling Group gets the green light for energy recovery in Buckinghamshire.

NHS trust waste manager calls for radical change

The NHS must reduce its reliance on incineration and focus on better prevention techniques if it wants to get a tighter grip on waste management, a leading acute trust manager has said.

UK needs to get tougher on landfill if it is to compete

The UK has been singled out for its success in "drastically reducing" the amount of municipal waste sent landfill over the past decade - but it still lags behind Europe's best performers.

A visual representation of the recovery park

EfW and biomass complex to generate £1.5bn boost

An energy recovery park is predicted to deliver a £1.5bn boost to the Northwest economy once it goes live in three years' time.

Recycled incinerator bottom ash paves way for M25 expansion

Bottom ash from one of Europe's largest incinerators is being used to help widen the M25 motorway in a pioneering scheme.

A worker at the Cumbernauld anaerobic digestion plant

Waste shows its potential

SMEs can benefit both economically and environmentally from waste. Ian Goodfellow explains how the waste management industry, the Responsibility Deal and new regulation are all making a difference

Finding a use for bottom ash will help divert this by-product from landfill

Incinerator bottom ash recovery plant gets green light

A facility to recover bottom ash from a planned incineration plant has won planning permission from Cheshire West & Chester Council.

New entrant targets energy-from-waste market in UK

Start-up company EFW Mechanical Services has announced that it will be entering the energy-from-waste market as it looks to build on recent contracts won in the sector.

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Hershey reaches zero waste at three chocolate plants

Chocolate manufacturing giant The Hershey Company has achieved zero waste to landfill at three of its manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, US.

Resdiual waste will be burnt under the new agreement reached

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.

SCRL is working in partnership with the NHS trust to hike up recovery levels

NHS trust opts for staff buy-in to reach 40% recycling rate

A major NHS trust is undertaking a massive staff engagement programme in a bid to recycle 40% of all its clinical and domestic waste by the end of 2012.

Clinical waste being managed at the NHS trust

Hospital outsourcing model generates healthy waste savings

A major NHS trust has increased its recycling levels by 34% over the past year with the help of a dedicated waste team involving private sector partners

Blowing hot and cold: how the ski slope might look on the incinerator's roof

Architect denies 'ski slope' incinerator will be unsustainable

A Danish architect who plans to build an incinerator that doubles up as a ski slope in Copenhagen has denied reports the project is about to be scrapped over concerns it won't be sustainable.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty to build EfW plant in Gloucestershire

Urbaser Balfour Beatty has been named preferred bidder by Gloucestershire County Council to design, build and operate an energy-from-waste facility in Haresfield.

Chris Edwards: Don't give credit to incineration

The high cost of living with incineration

The level of subsidy given to incinerators is not only uneconomic, but unfair when you take into account greener options, argues Chris Edwards

Caroline Spelman not yet satisified the proposals meet PFI criteria

Tensions mount as PFI credits withheld for Norfolk incinerator

A row has erupted over Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman's decision to withhold PFI credits for Norfolk County Council's proposed incinerator because of concerns over local opposition.

Bags of AHPs are collected for shredding at Knowaste's pilot recycling facility in the West Midlands

UK set for nappy recycling revolution

Disposable nappies, incontinent pads and feminine hygiene products will have a new life as plastic bins and pet litter thanks to a new recycling facility planned for West London.

Waste treatment plants could hit overcapacity by 2020

Britain may be building too many waste facilities as a report out today (October 28) forecasts an oversupply of residual waste treatment infrastructure by 2020 - even as early as 2015 in certain areas.

Over the span of 12 years Wales has reduced the amount of resources it was sending to landfill by over 1.1 million tonnes, saving over £83m in Landfill Tax alone

£80m saved as Wales' recycling rates continue to rise

Latest figures show that Wales' recycling and composting rate for the past year has reached 56% - a 2% climb from 2013.

Cory's energy recovery plant at Belvedere in London

Giant Belvedere incinerator enters operational phase

One of Europe's biggest energy recovery plants, the Belvedere incinerator, is about undergo detailed assessment and performance trials before it officially opens in 2013.

Scotland legislates for zero waste with municipal landfill ban by 2020

The Scottish Executive has unveiled its Zero Waste Regulations in a bid to make Scotland one of the highest performing countries for recycling in Europe.

In Greenland, harsh conditions conspire to make waste management challenging

VIDEO: Movie highlights hidden dangers of Arctic waste

A film depicting the challenges of dealing with waste in the extreme environment of Greenland, where the population's health is being affected by unsafe disposal of hazardous materials, has been produced.

A greener and cheaper revolutionary solution

For many years the safe disposal of drinking water sludge has been regarded as a costly and controversial issue. John O'Regan, the chief executive of the Irish firm SCFI, explains a sustainable alternative

Russian water and wastewater market forecast to double by 2017

The Russian water and wastewater market is in full recovery and is predicted to almost double by 2017.

Carbon dating technology spells ROCs breakthrough for EfW

Energy-from-waste operators have received a significant boost with the approval of a new analysis technology that can determine the renewable fraction of mixed waste treated by energy recovery.

An artist's impression of the new incineration plant

Design ambition paves way for incinerator in Cornwall

A distinctive design developed by architect David Butterworth has helped secure a planning green light for SITA's Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre.

About half of all plastics is used for single-use disposable applications

Uptake of bio-plastics hindered by lack of waste knowledge

More accurate and regionally detailed forecasts are needed for plastic waste in terms of its management and environmental impact if greater use of bio-plastics is to be adopted, according to a new report.

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.

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.

Easing the squeeze of energy costs

Rising fuel prices are forcing water companies to focus on energy management - and they have plenty of scope - says John Gooday, business leader responsible for co-ordinating the water and wastewater activities at Rockwell Automation

UK in pole position to capitalise on RDF export market

The UK could significantly benefit from producing more refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for export to northern Europe to meet rising demand for additional feedstock.

UK advances on digestion

In just two years, the UK has seen a shift away from incineration and towards more sustainable methods of sludge management. Ebcor's managing director, Keith Panter, shows how a global shift is now under way

The Crossness incinerator at Erith

Time to make waste beautiful

Clean and aesthetic design will become increasingly important if the public is to accept new waste infrastructure in the future, argues Andy King

A computer-generated image of what the new plant will look like once built

Cornwall incinerator gets go-ahead as Pickles upholds appeal

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has upheld an appeal by SITA to build an energy-from- waste plant in St Austell after it was refused planning permission by Cornwall Council.

China's booming economy is generating more waste

China leads global incineration boom

The global market for incineration is booming with China the leading adopter of the technology, new research shows.

Plasma technology can help treat fly ash in incinerators like these

Webinar tackles hazardous waste treatment

A sustainable solution for the treatment of hazardous waste was outlined today (17 May) in an exclusive edie webinar.

Veolia named preferred bidder for Hertfordshire PFI contract

Veolia has been selected as the preferred bidder by Hertfordshire County Council for its 25-year residual waste treatment PFI contract.

Hospital furniture refurbishment and reuse waste could drive significant savings in disposal costs and avoided procurement costs

Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?

Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.

Business leaders urge bolder approach to recovery

The CBI is calling on the Government to harness the growth potential of energy-from-waste by making it easier for the industry to adopt new technologies and build the necessary infrastructure

The Crossness incinerator at Erith

Time to make waste beautiful

Design will become increasingly critical if the public is to accept new waste infrastructure. Andy King reports

Viridor appeal victory

Viridor has not one but now two planning permissions for an energy from waste (EfW) facility at its landfill site in Ardley, Oxfordshire.

Controversy over Poolbeg incinerator continues

Local authorities in Dublin may face penalties running into the hundreds of millions of euros if the plans for the controversial Poolbeg incinerator go ahead.

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.

MP Charles Hendry (centre) visited the plant last month

Sterecycle worker dies after explosion at Rotherham site

An explosion at Sterecycle's Rotherham recycling plant yesterday has left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Peterborough City Council: looking for a partner to deliver key services

Peterborough partnership down to final two

Peterborough City Council has named Enterprise Managed Services as the preferred bidder to deliver some of its essential front-line services.

Waste plant planned for Plymouth

The plans for an energy-from-waste plant to be built in south Devon took a step forward today.

The Brig y Cwm site in Merthyr Tydfil

Covanta faces opposition to proposed EfW plant

Covanta Energy has submitted formal plans to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) to build a £400M energy-from-waste (EfW) facility near the Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil.

Locations of New Earth Solutions' sites

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.

Controversial incinerator permit granted

The Environment agency has agreed to a grant a permit for developers to build a waste incinerator in Derby on Sinfin Lane despite local residents' concerns.

Demolition of the incinerator underway at Whetstone

Leicestershire reopens centre after building demolition

Leicestershire County Council's Whetstone hwrc has reopened after work to demolish a former incinerator building was completed.

SEPA publishes new guidance for waste oils

New guidance on the production of fuel oils from recycled waste, published today by Scotland's environment watchdog, means that fuel oils that meet the correct specification will no longer be regulated as waste.

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Lessons from Europe at Futuresource

EU waste experts were out in force at London ExCeL last, where they gave a flavour of the continent to their UK cousins. Katie Coyne reports

Jane Davidson (centre) at the launch of Towards Zero Waste

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.

Ireland commissions independent report into controversial incinerator plans

A leading lawyer is to head up an independent inquiry into the legal and financial risks posed by the proposed Poolbeg incinerator that could be built on Dublin's outskirts.

Irish think tank ponders future of waste

A leading Irish think tank has published recommendations outlining how the country's municipal waste could be managed in a more cost effective and less polluting way.


Organic waste has huge potential to produce sustainable energy for the UK's household and transport needs. But despite its climate credentials - and government support - Britain is in danger of missing out on the full benefit of biogas for a generation. David Strahan reports

Gormley grilled on incinerator

Irish environment minister John Gormley has promised a financial review of plans for the Poolbeg incinerator after being quizzed by the media.

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