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
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
£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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 leads global incineration boom
The global market for incineration is booming with China the leading adopter of the technology, new research shows.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
SO WASTE FUEL
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.