Ask a child what he wants to be when he grows up, and you’re more likely to hear ‘TV star’ than ‘waste hauler’. But, in this modern world of reality television, it turns out the two are not mutually exclusive.
Trading standards officers in Derby found themselves in a difficult (although I’m sure some would say enviable) position after confiscating over 700 litres of bootlegged alcohol in the run-up to Christmas last year.
Recently, one of the recycling sector’s news websites carried a story under the heading of ‘Church takes cool stance on “resource”’. At first glance, it made me muse briefly on why the Church of England had seen fit to make a policy statement about waste and resources...
These days, concerns about chemical-based agriculture are enormous. So Michael Phillips’s new book The Holistic Orchard, in which he explains how to grow orchards ‘the holistic way’, couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
If the government eventually goes through with banning wood waste from landfill, we’ll need to find something to do with all our waste beams, boards, panels and rafters. Here are some ideas that are already on the market
As the UK edges ever closer to recycling more than it discards, talk increasingly turns to questions about the circular economy and zero waste. Marcus Gover spoke to Resource about how WRAP is addressing them.
Even in a recession, the need to be sustainable at home and at work does not go away. Chris Humphrey takes a look at the steps businesses can take in the quest for resource efficiency, from building a new green office to improving the efficiency of an existing one.
The remanufacturing industry employs 50,000 people and generates £2.4 billion for the UK economy, but it is not always embraced or promoted with the same warmth as the better-known Rs. The current economic climate just might provide the perfect conditions for investment
With adverts all around us, we’re all exposed to thousands of commercial messages a day – and children are no exception. Most people agree that this is bad for them, but what effect does it have on the environment and on waste generation? Libby Peake finds out.
You can’t just bung a bucket on the street and ask passers-by to deposit their waste in it – there’s a lot to think about with street-scene waste services. From eye-catching design to practicality and, increasingly, multi-functionality, bin design is anything but basic
With the recast of the European WEEE Directive finalised and the Red Tape Challenge completed in the UK, Recolight’s Nigel Harvey provides an update on possible changes to the waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations.
The WEEE Directive has been enshrined in UK law for nearly a decade now, so we take a look at the (sometimes bumpy) road the legislation’s travelled and find out what turns lie ahead for future handling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
When weight-based recycling targets were first introduced, Defra money made free green waste collection services look like an easy win. But can local authorities continue to justify the expense (and the added waste generation) in these straightened times?
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No longer to be swept under the carpet, niche streams like, well, carpets, are starting to receive attention from the recycling industry, and to good effect: diversion rates have gone up from 10 per cent in 2008 to 16.5 per cent in 2011.
A 100 per cent recycling total has always seemed to be an unreachable target for any material, but next year, Brazil may well be the first country to recycle all its aluminium cans. Resource finds out how they’ve done it
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