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It has been exactly one year since Resource Minister Dan Rogerson wrote to the industry to 'regretfully' inform them that Defra would be stepping back from some of its waste policy work. But just what impact has that letter had on industry over the year? Liz Gyekye reports.
Battling negative perceptions surrounding food waste collections can prove challenging. Some members of the public view it as messy and problematic. However, Keith Riley argues that there is a solution to this problem - a new innovation that combines science with sociology. Here, he unpicks the issue.
The UK waste management sector continues to present attractive opportunities for investors and a number of energy-from-waste (EfW) projects have been backed by huge investments in the past few years. Here, Alon Laniado explores what causes investors to dig deep into their pockets.
A '#RubbishSelfie' campaign, a golden tag initiative and engaging with religious leaders are just some of the ways that the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) is communicating with its 'hard-to-reach' communities to increase levels of recycling and prevent waste. GMWDA's Clare Standish explores further.
As chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Association (ADBA), Charlotte Morton is at the heart of a team pushing the organisation's plan to help remove the barriers to growth currently faced by the industry and to promote the benefits of AD. She speaks to Liz Gyekye about ADBA's challenges and de-carbonising farming.
There has been much talk of green fatigue, the stalling of the recycling rate in England and how to encourage the 'right' behaviour. Here, Paul Levett gives his top eleven tips on how to encourage the 'wrong' behaviour.
Why do so few councils closely scrutinise the budgetary performance of their commercial waste service? Eunomia's Peter Jones finds out why.
Targeted effective communication campaigns can help get recycling rates moving again. Resource Futures chair Philip Ward discusses the current barriers to recycling and how England can overcome them.
The single biggest issue on everybody's lips this year is TEEP. Dee Moloney gives TEEP guidance for local authorities.
After a terrible winter of floods and washouts, the weather gods
have shown a little mercy and calmed down. But have you ever
wondered what happens to the waste and recycling services in
towns before and after floods? Liz Gyekye finds out.
Following the implementation of the 2013 Scrap Metal Dealers Act,
BMRA's Ian Hetherington explains how the new legislation provides
the opportunity to clamp down on criminal activity if vigorously
Overshadowed by large-scale anaerobic digestion facilities, smaller-scale projects are gaining currency among policy makers. Richard Gueterbock highlights the challenges the emerging sector faces and outlines a few projects.
Creative director of WasteSolve Kate Cawley joins a growing band of women blazing a trail in the waste sector. Nick Warburton caught up with her
Is the waste management hierarchy an outdated concept? Phil Purnell thinks it is and argues why we need to reassess how we think of and deal with waste
A large-scale waste audit at London Heathrow Airport could change the way the aviation industry views waste. Nick Warburton reports
Energy from waste offers a valuable, alternative fuel at a time when energy security is shaping the political debate. Dr Chindarat Taylor reports
The Resource Revolution campaign has highlighted the challenges to and the opportunities for a circular economy. Richard Belfield looks to the future
Colin Drummond retires in September. From working at the sharp end to directing the business in the boardroom, he reflects on an industry that is undergoing huge change. Interview by Nick Warburton
The central London authority is unique in the challenges it faces managing its waste and recycling. Nick Warburton reports
Faced with tough decisions on its waste collection and disposal, City of York Council has increased community engagement to improve recycling, as Nick Warburton discovered on a trip to the historic city
The chair of the National Association for Waste Disposal Officers talks to Stuart Spear ahead of this year's UK AD & Biogas event
The national recycling target for WEEE will increase in the coming years, which means it is more important than ever that councils work with the right compliance schemes, argues Simon Cook
Delivery and collection is vital but waste and recycling companies can be open to damaging claims should an incident occur off-site. Philip Bladon offers some useful advice for the sector
The environmental labourer project equips young unemployed Londoners with basic health & safety and environmental skills and qualifications for the construction and waste management industry. Nick Warburton reports
U Can Recycling extracts value from unwanted WEEE. Nick Warburton reports on a local regeneration success story
The south London borough has made waste prevention a priority. As Nick Warburton discovers, it's a no-brainer for the man tasked with driving the message home
Scotland's zero waste regulations should create plenty of recyclable material. But, argues David Burrows, can the stretching targets be met and what will material quality be like?
Advanced Plasma Power's chief executive Rolf Stein shares his thoughts ahead of Sustainability Live's new event. Nick Warburton reports
An innovative composting project that diverts food waste from landfill has fostered community cohesion, reports Stuart Spear
The year ahead promises radical change for Scotland's waste management industry and local authorities will be major facilitators, says Iain Gulland
When a former waste officer at Birmingham City Council hit the streets of Selly Oak to listen to local students, recycling performance dramatically improved. David Cowing reports
Many local authorities recognise the resource potential of household food waste but more support from Government is needed to sustain council projects, argues Charlotte Morton
A robot-operated disinfection process is diverting clinical waste from landfill, improving resource efficiency. Nick Warburton reports
New research shows that public attitudes do not need to be a barrier to increasing household food waste collections. Natan Dorn reveals all
Stoke-on-Trent-based Brown Recycling has ambitions to become a UK market leader in solid recovered fuel. Nick Warburton visited its state-of-the-art facility to find out more
Waste authorities need to be wary of contractors offering too good a deal when outsourcing their services or it will be the tax payer who loses out in the end, argues Paul Langham
Canada's West Coast city has its sights set on becoming the world's greenest metropolis. David Gilliver reports
With WEEE targets set to rise over coming years, Nigel Harvey urges councils to do more to promote lamp recycling
Little is known about the potential risks posed by nanomaterials present in waste streams. Dr Steve Hankin looks at the challenges this poses in terms of disposal
In a novel move to extend food waste collections to the wider society, Woking has introduced a new service to schools. Nick Warburton reports
The London borough installed the first underground bins in the late 1990s. Nick Warburton reports on its plans to extend collections to include mixed recycling
As one of the first councils to sign up to WRAP's business recycling and waste services commitment, Bexley has increased its income. Nick Warburton paid a visit
Shared working through a joint waste contract has pushed South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse DCs to the top of the recycling table, discovers Nick Warburton
West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports
Lambeth's Conservative spokesperson on the environment, health and adult social care speaks to Nick Warburton about improving waste and recycling in the borough
Responding to deep cuts while also looking to boost environmental performance, one council found that moving to commingled collections ticked all the boxes. Raman Selvon explains why
Nick Warburton visits Southwest London to see how new working patterns in the council's waste and recycling service have netted £1m in savings
Faced with fierce budget cuts, local authority decision makers may be tempted to slash non-statutory functions like communications. But as Mandy Kelly explains, this important service can help drive up recycling
Out of sight, out of mind - Stuart Spear visits the Wembley City development to see how Envac's underground vacuum waste removal has revolutionised waste collections.
Woking Borough Council's new kerbside collection service for small WEEE items has proven an instant hit with residents. Nick Warburton saw it in action