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RWM 2016

15th September 2016 Posted by

Recycling and Waste Management Exhibition, RWM, is the most established resource management trade show in Europe, with a heritage stretching back nearly 50 years. In the wake of the EU referendum, this three day long event presented an invaluable opportunity for important networking and learning. Tuesday 13 September 2016 David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Legislation update – Spring 2016

25th May 2016 Posted by

Each quarter, the Source legislation update compiles a round-up of emerging policy and legislation, from the UK and EU, which could have an impact on recycling and waste management practices. During the first quarter of 2016, the European Commission published a major study assessing both the legislation and practice of separate collection systems for waste across the 28 EU member

Governments must ensure it pays to be sustainable

18th May 2016 Posted by

In a bid to become increasingly sustainable, businesses cannot be expected to ignore commercial realities, without support from governments, according to SUEZ. Gev Eduljee, the External Affairs Director for SUEZ, said that there are limits to the extent that even the biggest companies can turn the wider economy around by influencing their supply chains. Often, doing so failed to make

Finance is circular economy catalyst

30th April 2016 Posted by

The thorny subject of finance – the little-explored but nevertheless crucial aspect of driving the circular economy. This topic was recently explored at the ‘Finance, the Catalyst to the Circular Economy’ conference hosted by ING Wholesale Banking, the Dutch Embassy and Green Alliance last month (March). The circular economy relies not only on new technologies that recover and recycle materials

Fighting small battles will help win the war on waste

4th March 2016 Posted by

In order to achieve a circular and more resourceful future we, as individuals, need to challenge many of the small conventions present in our everyday lives. In my view, making the transition to a more circular society in easy-to-manage, ‘bite-sized’ chunks is essential and will ensure that everyone in society comes along for the ride. Take, for example, restaurant food

The New Plastics Economy report struggles to say something genuinely new

25th January 2016 Posted by

The circular economy has been so extensively studied over recent years, at least at the level of principles and policies that coming up with fresh and novel angles is becoming increasingly difficult. For all the qualities we have come to expect – comprehensive, well written, full of interesting material flow and economic data difficult to obtain elsewhere – the latest

A new APProach in dealing with problem of fly-tipping in Newham

23rd October 2015 Posted by

New ways of tackling old problems One of London’s worst offenders on the fly-tipping block, Newham, is looking to mend its ways and encourage its residents to change their attitudes towards waste disposal. In the face of grim national statistics, which recorded approximately 852,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2013/14, up 20 per cent  from 2012/13, and over 70,000 call-outs to

A wider view

16th September 2015 Posted by

Over the last few weeks there have been many discussions in the trade media about the volumes of RDF being shipped overseas, exploring trends so far, whether this year will see more or less volumes than last, and which company will lead the league table.  Although the conjecture and positioning is fascinating to watch, it does mask a number of

Scottish government consultation on circular economy

25th August 2015 Posted by

The Scottish Government is to be commended for opening a wide-ranging consultation on “creating a more circular economy in Scotland”, end date 30 October 2015. The consultation document Making things Last is a call for action along each of the various stages of the supply chain, starting with product design and progressing through reuse, repair, remanufacturing, recycling, recovery, and ending

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