Opinions Thursday 30 March 2017
24 February 2017

Can a deposit scheme for bottles and cans work?

Phil Conran, director at environmental consultancy 360 Environmental offers his view on the recent debate about deposit return schemes for materials such as cans and bottles. The discussion about a potential deposit ...


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14 February 2017

Why the European Parliament’s approach to recycling targets is wrong


Roy Hathaway, European policy adviser at the Environmental Services Association (ESA) offers his view on proposals to change the way that recycling is measured across Europe. The Environment Committee of the European Parliament ...

23 January 2017

Get everyone on board to boost recycling


Mathew Prosser, managing director of DS Smith UK’s recycling division discusses the need to get householders on board to boost the UK’s recycling performance. At a time when local authority recycling figures are ...

19 January 2017

Tackling confusion in plastics recycling


Steve Morgan, technical manager at plastics recycling body Recoup, looks at research into consumer attitudes to recycling of plastic packaging. In our recent research project (

5 January 2017

The next decade of organics recycling


Jeremy Jacobs, technical director of the Renewable Energy Association, assesses what 2017 and coming years holds for the world of organics in green waste and food recycling. In a world of uncertainty and turmoil, 2016  was no ...

3 January 2017

Packaging waste: A little less conversation, a little more action


James Piper, managing director of producer compliance scheme Ecosurety looks ahead to challenges facing the packaging waste sector 2017, and calls for action to boost packaging recycling rates. Late last year the waste ...

20 December 2016

Uncertainties and residual waste forecasts


Harriet Parke, senior consultant at Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd reflects on the organisation's latest and 11th edition of its Residual Waste Infrastructure Review The latest version of Eunomia’s RWIR highlights the growing ...

29 November 2016

Unwrapping the Autumn Statement


Environmental Services Association (ESA) executive director Jacob Hayler examines the key issues highlighted by the Treasury’s Autumn Statement, delivered last week. The (relatively) new Chancellor delivered his Autumn ...

28 October 2016

Focus on single-source materials ‘can boost quality’


Peter Clayson, business development manager at packaging producer DS Smith examines issues around multi-material packaging products in the waste stream. The recent revelation from Marks & Spencer that it is assessing ...

21 October 2016

Making EfW heat pipe dreams a reality


Nadeem Arshad, head of Waste and energy at law firm Bevan Brittan, discusses the Government’s £320 million support for heat networks and the 'golden opportunity' for the Energy from Waste (EfW) sector. The government this week ...