Meeting the DBO challenge
Public-Private Partnerships has created a trend towards inclusive contract arrangements that reflect the complexity of modern project management. Many contracts now involve the integration of design, build and operation, says David Parsons.
Estuary reservoir will boost Singapore supplies
A 300m long tidal barrier is under construction in the estuary of Singapore's main river. When completed, the Marina Barrage will create a unique freshwater reservoir in downtown Singapore, as Yap Kheng Guan of PUB explains.
Australian sewerage system wins global award
The Biolytix Wastewater Treatment (WWT) System recently won a Global Environmental Technology Award at the World Expo in Japan. Jenny Allen of Biolytix explains how this highly compact biological system, claimed to be the most environmentally friendly in the world, was developed.
Slashing costs in gully waste
The implementation of the Landfill Directive has made many industries reappraise their waste disposal activities.
How positive psychology can bring consumers along on the sustainability journey
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses that force their sustainability agenda upon consumers through prescriptive orders and instructions are in a "dangerous place", the founder of social enterprise Hubbub has warned.
Hubbub and Lucozade launch 'vandetta' against countryside waste
Drinks firm Luzocade Ribena Suntory has teamed up with social charity Hubbub in a behaviour change campaign aimed at encouraging road users to dispose their litter responsibly.
Litter Strategy for England: 'Far-reaching' campaign or 'inadequate life-jacket'?
Businesses and non-profits have welcomed the UK Government's new Litter Strategy for England as a "sustained national behavioural change campaign", although concerns remain over the available budget to facilitate it.
Wake up and smell the coffee: our shared responsibility to manage food and drink packaging waste
As edie's Resource Management month draws to a close, circular economy experts Libby Sandbrook (BITC) and Debbie Hitchen (Anthesis) explore the challenges and opportunities behind two of the most talked-about packaging waste issues of our generation: coffee cups and plastic bottles.
British tampons and nappies set to fuel power stations
One of the UK's trickiest waste problems is being tackled by turning the undesirable into the combustible - tampons and incontinence pads are being converted into dry, burnable bales. The new initiative, from a major waste company, compresses the waste into fuel for power stations.
UK litter set for Spring clean as fly-tipping woes emerge
Ahead of Keep Britain Tidy's annual Spring Clean event, the charity has called for action to be taken to combat "disturbing" levels of fly-tipping across the UK.
Harrogate Water turns to iconic Tidyman logo to raise recycling awareness
As reports emerge that UK ministers are likely to reject a plastic bottle deposit scheme, Britain's largest independent bottled water company has agreed to place the iconic 'Tidyman' logo on its products in a new partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.
Tesco and Sainsbury's ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste
The UK's two largest supermarket chains have committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems, which are the most common litter from toilets flushed on to the country's beaches.
Costa Coffee launches in-store cup recycling scheme
The UK's largest coffee chain Costa Coffee is to launch a recycling scheme in all of its stores to ensure that as many as possible of its own takeaway cups - and those from its competitors - are recycled.
Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups
Thanks to the efforts of a host of retailers including Caffé Nero, Costa and McDonald's, the streets of Manchester will soon be inundated with giant coffee cup bins, as charity Hubbub attempts to save 20,000 paper cups from ending up in landfill.
The litter levy: Should brands take more responsibility for the UK's waste woes?
Brands such as McDonald's, Coca Cola, Costa Coffee and Wrigley should strive to become a "big part of the solution" to the amount of litter plaguing UK streets, by working with the Government to implement an Extended Produce Responsibility (EPR) scheme.
Wrigley and Keep Britain Tidy slash litter rates by 30% with charity bin trials
Five successful waste reduction trials across the UK has seen litter in the selected areas reduced by 30%, leading to charity Keep Britain Tidy and The Wrigley Company to extend the project to four extra regions.
Hackney Council welcomes pop-up Litter Lounge to tackle chewing gum waste
A corner of Hackney has been transformed into the UK's first "Litter Lounge", a new behavioral change concept that calls on passing consumers to drop chewing gum into a pop-up living room.
Could rewards schemes reinvigorate Britain's static recycling rates?
Long-term investment in rewards-based behaviour change schemes is the only way to reinvigorate plateauing recycling rates in a post-Brexit Britain, with 'quick-win' solutions failing to deliver for local authorities across the country.
Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution
An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.
Lidl uses plastic bag charge to help Keep Britain Tidy
German discount supermarket chain Lidl has today (19 February) pledged to donate a minimum of £1m raised from its 5p plastic bag charge to charity, in a bid to educate children on litter prevention.
McDonald's turns used coffee cups into brochures and luxury packaging
McDonald's paper cups are being recycled at scale for the first time in the UK thanks to a new partnership with British papermaker James Cropper and recycling firm Simply Cups, the trio announced on Thursday.
Jeremy Paxman issues rallying call for businesses to "win the war on litter"
Veteran BBC interrogator Jeremy Paxman has said he is "sick to the back teeth" of Britain's rising litter problem and is calling on businesses to take the initiative and collaborate for a mass behaviour change campaign to curb the issue.
Britain urged to 'Clean for the Queen' with anti-litter app
Members of the public are being urged to report environmental issues to their local council using a mobile app, as part of a new anti-litter behaviour change campaign launched to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.
Ocado takes on uniform waste quandary with pioneering re-use scheme
Ocado has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub and a prison in Northumberland for an innovative new partnership that will prevent the online retailer's corporate uniforms being unnecessarily sent to landfill.
London adopts re-use hubs to tackle waste issues
Five new reuse hubs have been planted across various housing estates in London that will collect, refurbish and redistribute unwanted furniture, as part of a community engagement scheme to tackle the root causes of fly-tipping.
Recycling 'just one thing' could spark London's resource revolution
A new behavioural change campaign has been launched to develop Londoners' understanding of what can be recycled, as the capital aims to hit recycling targets set by Mayor Boris Johnson.
VIDEO: Oxford Street lights up to spark chewing gum behaviour change
The grey pavements of Europe's busiest shopping street have been transformed with brightly-coloured circles to highlight the amount of chewing gum that is dropped in an effort to stimulate behaviour change.
Scotland's plastic bag charge sees usage drop by 80%
The number of plastic carrier bags handed out in Scottish shops has reduced by at least 650 million in the first year of the nation's 5p charge.
5p plastic bag charge launches in England
England will today (5 October) follow in the footsteps of the rest of the UK by introducing a 5p plastic bag tax for large retailers.
Costa makes Litter Prevention Commitment with #costacleanup
Staff from more than 650 Costa stores headed out to the streets in a mass litter-pick on Sunday (13 September) to commemorate the coffee shop chain partnering with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Westminster tackles cigarette & gum litter with innovative behaviour change campaign
Giant cigarettes, voting ashtrays and music-playing poles have seen the amounts of gum and cigarette butts left on the streets of Westminster fall rapidly.
McDonalds and Wrigley add support to national Litter Manifesto
Businesses and campaign groups have backed a new Litter Manifesto calling on the Government to tackle the UK's £1bn litter problem.
VIDEO: Bristol's giant whale lights up Green Capital
A spectacular LED-lit monument made of recycled plastic bottles has been unveiled in Bristol to commemorate the city's year as European Green Capital.
M&S helps to clear 180,000 pieces of beach litter
Staff and customers from Marks and Spencer (M&S) and volunteers from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) removed more than 180,000 items of rubbish from Britain's beaches during the Big Beach Clean-up in May.
Clean up campaign to use behavioural science to end littering epidemic
An anti-littering campaign headed up by former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman is to use 'nudge theory' to cure Britain's littering bug.
Scotland investigates bottle deposit scheme to advance circular economy
Scotland has moved a step closer to implementing a nationwide bottle-deposit scheme with the publication of new feasibility report by Zero Waste Scotland.
Carbon savings from recycling hit record levels
Council recycling services in England saved 4% more greenhouse gas emissions in 2013/14 than in 2012/13, thanks mainly to increased captures of metals and plastics.
M&S calls on customers to tackle Britain's littered beaches
British retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) is calling on customers to join 3,000 of its employees on its annual litter-pick along Britain's beaches and canals, following news that litter levels are rising.
Government must tackle rising number of wet wipes, says marine charity
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is calling on the Government to tackle marine litter after new data revealed the number of wet wipes found on Britain's beaches rose by 50% in a single year.
Lib Dems reiterate green ambition with election manifesto
"The Five Green Laws are nailed to the front page of our manifesto," proclaimed Energy Secretary Ed Davey as he announced further details of the green policies that the Liberal Democrat Party would implement if elected in May.
Eight million tonnes of plastic waste shifts from land to sea every year, new study finds
Around eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world's oceans each year, according to a new study.
Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse
Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.
Carrier bag charge: In numbers
On Monday (20 October), Scotland will introduce its levy on single-use carrier bags (SUCB), meaning they can no longer be given away free of charge. To help explain the facts and figures surrounding the levy, edie has compiled a list of carrier bag sustainability statistics.
Superdry signs bag-saving charity pledge
Two weeks before the Scottish carrier bag charge comes into force, fashion brand Superdry has signed up to Zero Waste Scotland's Carrier Bag Commitment.
California lawmakers give green light to plastic bag ban
A ban on single-use plastic bags in California is expected to be signed into law after the states senate passed a bill barring single-use plastic bags from retailers from next July.
Scotland unveils strategy to tackle marine litter
The Scottish Government has announced that it has launched a new strategy to tackle marine litter.
Dunbar to become Scotland's flagship Zero Waste Town
Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new initiative to help Dunbar become Scotland's first 'Zero Waste Town' in a pilot project announced today (6 August) by Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.
EU sets 70% recycling target in new Circular Economy Package
The European Commission has today (2 July) unveiled a revamped package of waste and recycling targets to accelerate Europe's transition to a circular economy.
Plastic bag tax 'unnecessarily complicated', say MPs
The Government has ignored calls to include all retailers in the 5p plastic bag charge, despite numerous experts insisting it would reduce litter, slash carbon emissions and cut down on waste.
Scottish Parliament approves carrier bag charge
The Scottish Parliament has approved new regulations to introduce a charge for single-use carrier bags.
Coca-Cola and McDonald's sign up to litter prevention pledge
Fast food giants McDonald's and KFC, along with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Wrigley, have signed up to a litter prevention commitment organised by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Energy Secretary visits UK's first plastic film recycling facility
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has paid a visit to the UK's first shopping bag and plastic film recycling facility in London.
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.
M&S unveils frisbee made from beach litter
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a frisbee made from plastic litter collected from beaches across the UK.
Broad approach is needed to tackle litter in Scotland, INCPEN says
The Scottish Government needs to take a broad approach when tackling the problem of litter rather than a piecemeal one, according to the Industry Council for research on Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN).
Keep Britain Tidy debuts waste report
Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has published its first report on ending waste and managing resources.
M&S to help tackle beach litter
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that it will partner up with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Canal & River Trust to help tackle litter on UK beaches.
Music star helps to turn ocean waste into jeans
Pharrell Williams, a music star and fashion designer, has announced a partnership with designer denim label G-Star RAW to create jeans out of plastic waste taken from the world's oceans.
Government slammed over bag charge plans
The Government's plans for a five pence charge on plastic carrier bags in England have been slammed by a cross-party committee of MPs.
Councils given tougher powers to punish car litterbugs
Local councils have been given additional powers to crack down on people who throw litter out of car windows under new laws approved by peers.
Beauty brands commiting to microbead phase out as environmental threat grows
Growing evidence around the environmental impact plastic microbeads in beauty products are having on oceans is seeing some of the industry's major brands committing to phasing them out.
Microbeads pollution - a drop in the ocean for the beauty industry
The threat plastic pollution poses to marine wildlife is now a recognised issue amongst consumers, businesses and governments, but is the damage from microplastics, found in many beauty products, a problem literally being washed down the drain? Leigh Stringer investigates
A national wish list for waste prevention
In light of the Government's recently published waste prevention programme, Eunomia has produced a short waste prevention wish list - simple measures which could make a real difference
A year in waste: how did the UK measure up?
Liz Gyekye presents the 2013 waste industry highlights across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and offers a sneak preview of what's in store for 2014
Councils may be forced to impose England's carrier bag charge
Local authorities should be responsible for enforcing the plastic bag charge due to be introduced in England in 2015, according to Defra.
Councils take starring role on BBC's litter programme
Three councils that featured on the BBC's Panorama programme last night (October 29) have been praised for making positive efforts to tackle litter.
New resource minister praises councils for litter-free streets
Defra's new resource management minister has applauded local authorities for helping to make England's streets cleaner.
David Cameron leans towards plastic-bag charging scheme
The Prime Minister David Cameron has implied that shoppers could soon be charged for plastic bags in an attempt to reduce their use.
Major events in 2014 prompt Scotland to tackle road litter
Major events scheduled for 2014, including the Ryders Cup and the Commonwealth Games, are driving Scotland's efforts to tackle road litter.
Hopes rest on Scotland's litter strategy to drive behaviour change on packaging
The food packaging industry has welcomed Scotland's litter consultation, believing it will help inform consumers on how best to deal with leftover 'necessary' packaging material.
Scotland paves new path for citizenship recycling
Scotland is to roll out thousands of public recycling bins across the country in a bid to make people more accountable for their waste when away from home.
Lack of English plastic bag levy mystifies campaigners
A plastic bag charge should be introduced in England where figures show that usage rates increased by half a billion last year, according to Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths.
Futuristic 'icebergs' float to rescue of polluted oceans
A set of floating inverted skyscraper-like structures capable of coverting ocean litter into energy have been designed by architects.
Environmental lobbyists call for plastic bag levy
Four leading environmental organisations are calling on the Government to reduce litter and waste by forcing retailers to introduce levies on all single-use bags.
Richard Branson looks to ditch plastic for airport luggage
Richard Branson has called for plastic alternatives to help improve luggage security across airports and cut down on pollution at the same time.
Tough new Bill aims to crackdown on roadside litter
Motorists could soon be held liable for any litter thrown out of their vehicles as new proposals tabled in the House of Lords today look to increase powers for fixed penalty fines.
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.
M&S lends weight to beach litter clean-up campaign
Marks & Spencer is instigating what is set to the UK's biggest ever beach clean-up in a bid to stop marine pollution of seas and shorelines.
M25 recycling project results in £15m waste savings
The Highways Agency has saved over £15m through recycling over 70% of waste produced during an extensive motorway widening scheme on the M25.
Boris and Benyon support waterways clean-up campaign
London mayor Boris Johnson and water minister Richard Benyon are backing a new campaign to "clean and green" East London's rivers and canals ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Train operator c2c launches station recycling scheme
Train operator c2c Group has rolled out a recycling programme for all of its stations across the south east, from Essex to London.
Manchester waterways clean-up project reveals bizarre dumps
A doll's house, giant Guinness hat and wrestling DVD have been some of the more unusual objects collected from Manchester's waterways as part of a clean-up project.
McDonald's leads fight against litter in Scotland
McDonald's has pledged to tackle litter in Glasgow by lending its support to a scheme which is encouraging businesses to sign up to a major clean-up campaign.
The wastewater recovery
After 10 dedicated years, Frank Rogalla of Aqualia hangs up his hat on Technically Speaking and looks to the future potential of energy and nutrient recovery in wastewater.
VIDEO: Marble Arch replica made out of rubbish highlights litter plight
A replica of London's iconic Marble Arch has been built from litter collected from the streets of Westminster - notably Oxford Street, Regent's Street and Bond Street in one day - a total of 120 bags.
Council's 'Big Green Society' drive homes in on waste and litter
A London council is calling on the public to take greater responsibility for the waste and litter they generate using principles behind the Government's Big Society plan.
Plastics industry draws up global action plan for ocean pollution
A global action plan has been launched by the international plastics industry to combat the growing problem of marine litter.
Welsh shoppers show overwhelming support for carrier bag charges
The majority of people in Wales are in favour of the country introducing a charge on single-use carrier bags, new research shows.
Dispatches lifts the lid on nation's rubbish habits
Waste management companies are set to be scrutinised tonight (October 4) as Channel 4's Dispatches programme investigates how the nation is tackling its growing waste problem.
Talking bin scheme to trial in London and Liverpool
A talking bin trial which uses famous voices to congratulate users for binning their rubbish is set to launch in London and Liverpool next month.
Local authorities back campaign to tackle chewing gum litter
The Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG) has launched its 2011 campaign in partnership with 12 local authorities in a bid to cut levels of chewing gum litter.
Irish councils receive funding boost to tackle litter
The Irish Government has provided local authorities with 1.5M euros in a bid to tackle graffiti and littering at key tourist locations as part of its anti-graffiti and tourist season anti-litter grant schemes.
Keep Britain Tidy merges with Waste Watch to boost recycling
Environmental charity organisations, Keep Britain Tidy and Waste Watch have merged following a year-long strategic alliance, in an attempt to project a "stronger unified message".
Chicken poo to power poultry farm
A farm will power its chicken production through Anaerobic Digestion (AD) from next month.
London Underground recycling drive sees more bins for Tube passengers
London Underground has increased the number of bins on its Tube network by 25% in a bid to increase its recycling rates by encouraging more customers to dispose of their litter.
Tree-planting celebrities help mark World Environment Day
People famous and not so famous across the world are getting reading to mark World Environment Day (WED) on Sunday (5 June).
Dirty loo habits pollute UK beaches
The latest litter survey from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says that sewage-related debris (SRD) from people's bathrooms is one of the major causes of beach pollution.
Mayor rolls out clean London scheme
Londoners are being urged by Mayor, Boris Johnson, to help keep the capital clean by reporting 'grime-crime' such as graffiti, litter and fly-tipping, using internet and mobile phone technology.
Litterpicker injured falling into well
A Mansfield District Council worker fell six metres down a dry well while clearing litter from a yard, magistrates heard today (January 12).
Environment Committee calls for more action on food waste
The London Assembly's Environment Committee is calling for London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to take more action on food waste and recycling.