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Hammond’s Plastic Tax and Defra consult on banning single-use plastics, but what’s next for our resources & waste sector?

6th November 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Late October saw Defra launch its consultation on banning the distribution and sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England. Defra is particularly keen to hear views and read evidence concerning additional costs or constraints to business of the proposed ban, what the impact might be on the price per

We must engage in the discussions, share insights and help shape the future

9th October 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. It seems a long time ago, but August was busy this year. Busier than normal given the ongoing work Defra have been doing in preparation for the hotly anticipated Resources & Waste Strategy, now expected in November. Given the workloads, I was both dreading and feeling quite excited about September, a month where I was

Ensuring local authority tendering is effective, affordable and pain free

5th September 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Local authorities have suffered over recent years due to ongoing austerity and have been asked year on year to do more with less. This has in some cases put services at risk, allowed contamination levels to rise, restricted communication campaigns to the bare minimum and increased tension between authorities and their contractors. This backdrop has

SUEZ site-seeing | Part 15 | Aberdeen Household Waste Recycling Centre’s and Transfer Stations

24th August 2018 Posted by

Following a successful and busy morning at the Aberdeen materials recycling facility (MRF) and refuse derived fuel (RDF) site, checking out the processing engineering my next stop was at the local household waste recycling centres that SUEZ operate on behalf of Aberdeen City Council. Stop two | Aberdeen Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) SUEZ recycling and recovery UK operate five

How to drive continuous improvement and innovation in your local authority

9th August 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Make time for peer-to-peer networking In today’s world of austerity, local authorities can often find it increasingly difficult to get out to conferences and workshops, due in part to budget restrictions and to time constraints. This explains the momentum surrounding webinars and the continuing demand for online news websites. However, in my experience not everything

CIWM’S New Member Network lays the foundations for the sector of tomorrow

30th May 2018 Posted by

Post by Dr Adam Read. I always look forward to May. Not because the weather starts to turn for the better, or because the athletics and cricket seasons kick in to gear, but because it is the spiritual home of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s (CIWM) Annual New Members Network (NMN) two-day conference and site tours. As an original

SUEZ site-seeing | Part 12 | Suffolk energy-from-waste (EfW) facility

23rd April 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. The energy-from-waste facility, located in Great Blakenham, Suffolk is one of our newest sites which began operating in December 2014. The facility manages residual waste from Suffolk households in partnership with Suffolk County Council, though a 25-year partnership agreement. The site can process 269,000 tonnes of waste per annum, with 175,000 tonnes coming directly from Suffolk

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