The 2020 challenge and beyond

The Environmental Services Association's Executive Director, Jacob Hayler, looks at the UK's current recycling rate, and what we can do to improve it.

Reuse requires immediate refocus

As the drive to improve recycling rates gathers momentum, FCC Environment's Steve Bell warns that there is a risk of reuse falling by the kerbside and calls for a change in legislation.

Working to stop waste criminals from breaking the law

A waste officer from the Environment Agency outlines why the UK needs more enforcement to target waste crime.

Stopping good food from going to waste

Tristram Stuart, Founder of anti-food waste campaigning body Feedback, outlines why there should be an authoritative body that investigates how supermarkets treat their suppliers.


The five pence carrier bag charge is introduced in England in two weeks (5 October). Defra has released a video summarising the charge. 
The Environment Agency has released a video outlining the process of investigating and prosecuting waste crime.

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Zeroing in on waste

Ljubljana has become the first capital in the EU to adopt a zero waste goal, but sending zero waste to landfill requires a lot of work and education. Edward Perchard finds out how the city aims to reduce waste arisings

Talking GIB-berish

Just how green is the Green Investment Bank? Eunomia Chairman Dominic Hogg evaluates the institution’s performance when it comes to waste

Poo Power

If you can be sure of anything in this world, it’s that we will always have a steady supply of, ahem, human waste. Annie Kane considers whether Bristol’s Bio-Bus could be the future of sewage, or whether it’s a load of… hot air

Recycling, all wrapped up

As one of the sector’s major organisations, WRAP works with businesses, government, and communities in an effort to bring about a circular economy. Charles Newman caught up with CEO Liz Goodwin to find out how it’s going

Droning out waste

It seems as though hardly a day goes by lately when you don’t hear about a new application for aerial drones in the environmental sector, whether it be monitoring the health and numbers of grey whales off the coast of California, modelling how sandy rivers respond to human interference and environmental change in Western Canada, or assessing damage from environmental disasters, like the... More

The post-party clean up

Summer may be over, but the clear-up operation of the waste created by the UK’s 6.5 million festivalgoers continues for a long while afterwards. Leonie Butler reports

Food for thought

Packaging is at a crossroads, with innovation spreading in different directions and stalling in others. But why is the industry so split on the issue? Edward Perchard assesses the situation