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When soaps discuss waste

The EastEnders are up in arms about plans for fortnightly bin collection, but why is the soap perpetuating negative myths? Resource’s Leonie Butler considers the situation.

It's time to take control of our waste policy

FCC Environment's Kristian Dales argues that now is the time to address historic system constraints in the waste industry.

Why single-use packaging will preserve Europe’s food waste problem

With the packaging industry recently promoting itself as a key part in the circular economy answer, the European Environmental Bureau’s Piotr Barczak argues that single-use packaging is not the way to avoid Europe producing waste.

Wonky veg: a distraction from the truth?

Following increasing pressure to cut food waste, some supermarket chains have launched discount lines for misshapen produce. Farming industry insider Mark Palmer says that the practice could be wonkier than the veg…

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Biffa has released a video as part of its #StopDROPS (Driving Recklessly on Pavements) showing some of the 30,000 instances of motorists mounting pavements to get around collection vehicles every month.
With MPs calling for a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics, a group of York University students have used Bruno Mars to highlight the damage that can be done by the harmful bits of plastic.

From the Magazine

Creating the Circular Building
Engineering firm Arup has created the world’s first ‘Circular Building’, an experiment in circular economy thinking. 
Madam president: An interview with CIWM's Margaret Bates

Resource talks to Margaret Bates her about her newest role – as CIWM President – amongst a diverse range of topics. 

 

Material gains through brokerage services
How can risk-averse councils get the most value out of the recyclables they collect and feed them into a more circular economy? An idea finding favour in Wales and Scotland is a materials brokerage service.
Charting the bioplastics boom
Plastics that sub in plants for petrol are booming, with the market set to quadruple in the next five years.
 
Soil: the forgotten resource

The Oxford English Dictionary’s primary definition of the word ‘resource’ is: ‘A stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organisation in order to function effectively.’ Think of such assets in a circular economy context, and it’s most likely that what will spring to mind are things that can be taken from a set reserve of materials and used to make products in a sustainable way – whether they be raw materials like metals or oil... More

WasteBasedBricks: Laying the foundations for sustainable building

A pioneering eco house in Rotterdam has been made using waste-based bricks that even the toughest of wolves couldn’t blow down.

Advanced conversion technologies: A heated debate
Following several high-profile setbacks for ‘advanced conversion technologies', some are now questioning whether gasification and pyrolysis can ever work at a large scale to treat residual waste.