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Modern MRFs -what’s next for materials segregation, separation and recycling?

27th July 2020 Posted by

Blog by Dr Adam Read (External Affairs Director, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK) Materials market concerns It doesn’t seem all that long ago that China’s closure of its low grade and mixed plastics markets to all overseas material streams was rocking the sector and making headlines far and wide globally. But, the current COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat overshadowed the global

Could sector collaboration be the key to driving environmental behavioural change?

3rd June 2020 Posted by

Blog written by Dr Adam Read and Sarah Ottaway, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK Public engagement needs a boost Influencing public behaviour, in both the waste and water sectors, has been an important activity for many for decades, but with varying levels of success.  With austerity shrinking communications and education budgets across both sectors, and all actors, in recent years,

The Sustainable Development Goals impact on the resources and waste management sector

28th May 2020 Posted by

You would have thought that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were a perfect fit for a waste sector that is going through its own rapid evolution, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit us. By 2024, expected policy reforms around consistent collections, deposit return schemes and an overhaul of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are all due to be operational. Though I

Collections during a national crisis | key issues faced by local authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic

9th April 2020 Posted by

The circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are unlike anything we’ve seen before. We’re having to react to a rapidly evolving environment while ensuring that we are following government and Public Health England’s guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus. With no real examples of what’s been done before to draw upon, these challenging times present many questions for those

Plastic not so fantastic? The debate continues…

23rd January 2020 Posted by

The Circular Economy Task Force For the last 18 months SUEZ has been active an member of the Circular Economy Task Force – a business group convened by the Green Alliance as a forum for policy discussion, innovation and business thinking around resource use in the UK. The Group is chaired by Dr. Colin Church, Chief Executive of IOM3, and the

2020 talent development and sector professionalism

7th January 2020 Posted by

After two years in post with SUEZ in the UK, I can officially say that I am suitably impressed with the training programmes available for all employees, and the succession planning and career development opportunities. These initiatives and programmes have enabled SUEZ to retain employees longer than is the average for our sector. As someone that has specialised in consultancy,

Procuring waste management services during times of uncertainty faced by local authorities

19th December 2019 Posted by

For any local authority waste collection, recycling and treatment contracts are some of the most expensive and high profile you will ever manage or let. Delivering not only the service, but in many cases infrastructure too that touches the lives of all households, in a way that even schools and the health service do not. Difficult conditions For many years,

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