REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities
Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).
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.
Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP
Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.
Landfill closures promote waste as resource
Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.
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.
Pickles announces £5m recycling incentives fund
English councils that only offer fortnightly bin collections are 'short-changing residents with an inferior service' according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles who has today (29 August) launched a £5m recycling fund to reward areas that offer weekly refuse collections.
Resource management industry urges Government to launch investigation into waste facility 'infrastructure gap'
A resource management industry group has written to a number of ministers urging them to launch an investigation into tackling the UK's waste facility "infrastructure gap".
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.
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.
UK Green Investment Bank invests £51m in energy-from-waste project
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £51m in a proposed new energy-from-waste plant in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Industry expert takes on 'lazy' journalism and tackles inaccurate reports on recycling
A waste industry expert has managed to get several newspapers to correct their inaccurate reports on recycling after making complaints to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).
Defra calls for evidence on RDF market
Defra has issued a call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England in order to "fill the gaps" in its evidence base.
Waste crime costs UK up to £808m a year, report suggests
Waste crime costs the UK economy more than £800m a year, according to new research.
UK residual waste treatment infrastructure facing troubled future, report suggests
Residual waste treatment infrastructure will be unable to cope with waste volumes over the next ten years, according to a new report published by recycling and waste management firm SITA UK.
UK GIB invests £20m in new energy-from-waste centre
UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing in a new £250m energy recovery centre to be built in Teesside.
England left trailing in UK circular economy race
England is a poor circular economy contender compared with Scotland and Wales due to its focus on the bottom of the waste hierarchy, new research claims.
Defra clarifies new recycling laws
Local authorities will have to collect some recyclables "by way of separate collection" under new EU waste laws, the government has confirmed.
North London drops £3bn waste contracts
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has ditched plans to procure two major waste contracts worth a combined £3bn.
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.
Industry unites to urge government action on waste investment
The Government has been warned that it risks "sleep walking" into a waste infrastructure shortfall unless it conducts an urgent review of its waste data and revises the investment decisions made on the back of it.
Zero waste: why just be less bad?
Has zero waste become something of a lazy opt out clause for companies? Andrew Gadd considers the deeper implications of this buzzword for sustainability
Waste chiefs warn of infrastructure 'crisis' as landfill targets loom closer
Local authority waste chiefs have called for an urgent review of national waste data amid fears that the UK is ill-prepared to meet forthcoming Landfill Directive targets.
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
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.
Consented waste plants face growing struggle for finance
Investor uncertainty is holding back a significant number of waste treatment facilities from coming on-stream, new research has revealed.
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.
Incentive scheme boosts kerbside recycling rates in Wokingham
Recyclebank's rewards scheme with Wokingham Borough Council has helped drive up recycling rates over the past 11 months.
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.
Shanks signals intent with expansion into Cumbria and Wakefield
Shanks continue its penetration into the municipal waste market by securing one new contract and delivering on an existing one.
The waste hierarchy: it's your duty
Organisations have a clear mandate to apply the waste hierarchy within their operations, but many are failing on this front. Dominic Hogg examines the reasons why
Eric Pickles' weekly waste claims 'thrown in the bin'
Adoption of fortnightly waste collections has a positive impact on recycling rates and household behaviour, new research has shown.
Shanks PFI waste project latest to benefit from GIB funds
Shanks is the latest beneficiary of UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) funding, receiving funding to help deliver its newly-secured PFI waste treatment contract with Wakefield Council.
Battle of the bins is 'muddying' national recycling drive
Long-running battles over kerbside collection methods are damaging efforts to increase recycling rates in the UK, according to a leading industry commentator.
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.
British Airways takes off with waste-sourced aviation biofuels
British Airways has entered into a joint venture to source aviation biofuel from waste in Europe's first commercial-scale low carbon jet fuel production facility.
Planning permission for waste plants makes haste
Planning consent for waste plants is outpacing applications according to new research, which appears to contradict industry perceptions.
Weekly bin collections leave trade bodies feeling rubbish
Local councils have been selected to benefit from a £250m government weekly bin collections fund, amid concerns that funding could be withheld if authorities fail to carry out the weekly schedule.
Greater collaboration will hike up value of textile recycling
Closer partnerships between textile recyclers, local authorities and waste management companies are needed if greater volumes of household textiles are to be diverted from landfill.
BBC One Show highlights violent attacks on bin men
Violent assaults against bin men are on the increase and tough measures must be taken to curb this worrying trend, waste leaders have warned.
Chelsea FC boss Abramovich backs investment in EfW
Ervington Investments, which is backed by Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, has acquired a 10% stake in UK energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity.
'Biggest shake up in 20 years' sees Tandridge halve waste to landfill
One of Surrey's worst-performing recycling authorities, Tandridge Council, has introduced a collection scheme that has halved residual waste going to landfill and could save it £1m a year.
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.
WRAP issues practical EfW feasibility guide
Guidance on funding, designing and planning small-scale energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities has been published to help businesses on a practical level.
ROCs support set to underpin UK gasification surge
Over 100 advanced gasification plants need to be built in the UK by 2030 if Europe is to deliver on its renewable energy targets, according to latest research.
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.
FCC and DS Smith team up for trade waste partnership
Two leading waste contractors have joined forces to offer businesses a more streamlined collection service for trade waste.
Woking Council targets schools for food waste drive
Woking Borough Council has extended its dedicated food waste service for flats to the majority of its schools in a bid to increase overall recycling rates.
Teeside set to host world's largest gasification facility
Air Products will build and operate a 50MW advanced gasification plant making it the most powerful energy-from-waste facility of its type in the world, the company claims.
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
Energy-from-waste explosion sparks jobs boom
The rise in energy recovery facilities across the UK and the rest of the work is creating huge demand for jobs and skilled workers, as Victoria Kenrick finds out
UK at risk of over-investing in waste infrastructure
The UK is in danger of building too many waste treatment plants and could reach over-capacity by 2015, new research warns.
London council targets SMEs with trade waste drive
The London Borough of Bexley is embarking on a marketing drive to promote its trade recycling and waste services to local businesses.
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 sitting on waste-to-energy 'gold mine'
Hospitals could make significant savings in the future by tapping into the waste they produce to power their sites as part of a decentralised energy strategy.
The eating disorder around food waste
Battling negative perceptions of 'slop buckets', Nicola Peake explains why more service providers need to do more to capture this waste stream
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.
VIDEO: Veolia unveils flagship urban waste park in London
The UK's first large-scale innercity integrated waste management facility has opened in South London, claiming to set new standards for community-led urban regeneration.
London to roll out 'time bands' for waste collections
A new 'time banding' system for commercial and residential bagged waste collections in London is set to launch from April 1, in a bid to improve hygiene.
Oliver Heath endorses gasification waste-to-energy project
Eco-designer Oliver Heath has backed plans for an energy centre that will power local businesses and homes in Northamptonshire.
How to comply with building-waste rules
The construction industry produces one third of the UK's waste. This month, the DTI's Site Waste Management Plans come into force in an attempt to curtail this. Kevin Stanley outlines what companies need to do to comply, and how the scheme can in fact save a business money
Society in denial over waste-to-energy?
Peter Gerstrom, chairman of ICE Waste Management Board asks if Britain is burning its bridges by snubbing incineration.
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.
The LATS myth
Environment minister Elliot Morley responds to last month's editorial criticising the Landfill Allowances Trading Scheme
Local conditions save on primary energy
Regulations in most European countries stipulate a specific ranking for methods of organic waste treatment.