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No excuse for perpetuating slavery in waste

Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, warns that everyone has a responsibility to stamp out modern slavery in the recycling industry.

Getting more out of anaerobic digestion

Nigel Lee, General Manager at Amur, says that anaerobic digestion plants need to work harder to improve gas yields if they are to achieve their budgeted income.

An eye on the markets: Textile crowding

Alan Wheeler, Director of the Textile Recycling Association, gives an update on the used clothing and textile recycling market.

A Sideways View: Deposit return and the trap of eternalism

Ray Georgeson wonders if calls for the return of a bottle deposit return system are fuelled more by nostalgia than by forward-thinking policy-making.

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Over 32,000 tonnes of material that could be recycled is instead put in residual waste bins each year in West Sussex, costing the council an estimated £3 million a year in disposal costs. To highlight the scale of this waste, West Sussex County Council has created a video that visualises it on a personal and then county-wide level.

From the Magazine

Pandora's bottle: Would a bottle DRS be a game-changer or merely cause more problems?

We've been talking about the possibility of introducing bottle deposit return schemes in the UK for years now, but with Scotland forging ahead, it seems that England might well follow. Cecil Goodbody talks to deposit advocates and opponents.

One size fits all: The clothing that grows with children

The environment is not usually high on a list of priorities for a fashion designer, but Ryan Mario Yasin is hoping to change all that with a range of clothes that grow as children do. Rob Cole takes to the catwalk to talk sustainable fashion models.

Carbon Index 2017: Powys powers ahead with carbon reduction

Simon Hann and Peter Jones from Eunomia present the fifth Local Authority Recycling Carbon Index, showing who's winning the fight to reduce carbon emissions.

Kicking it to the kerb: An interview with Lesley Griffiths

Charles Newman spoke to Wales's outgoing Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths about the country's continuing success in kerbside recycling.

What's the prognosis: Clinical waste management in the NHS

The NHS in England spent £87 million on waste in 2014/15. Though a vital part of the healthcare system is dealing with this material safely, the sustained stress on healthcare and welfare budgets caused by austerity mean that every penny counts. The domestic waste – trays of uneaten food, discarded cards and flowers, newspapers, bottles and boxes – are easy enough to deal with. The most expensive and most complicated part of waste from hospitals is the clinical waste.

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A call to the Earth: Residents in Lebanon leading recycling efforts

The determination of one group of women has seen a Lebanese village's multi-stream recycling collection expand in the absence of adequate state assistance.

A Sideways View: Deposit return and the trap of eternalism

Ray Georgeson wonders if calls for the return of a bottle deposit return system are fuelled more by nostalgia than by forward-thinking policy-making.