Opinions Tuesday 21 May 2019
20 May 2019

‘Don’t knock the house down over PRNs’

With an array of consultations in over packaging and related topics, Angus Macpherson, managing director of the Environment Exchange argues that the PRNs system has not yet run its course. ...


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milk bottles 4 September 2018

‘Clear policy will help plastics recycling’


OPINION: Last month HM Treasury reported back on responses received to its consultation on the taxation system and recycling, with particular regard to plastics. Jeff Rhodes, head of environment and external affairs at Biffa, offers some thoughts...

30 August 2018

A circular approach to recycling collaboration


OPINION: With the UK government committing to the EU’s Circular Economy Package, the waste management industry has a challenge on its hands. In this article, Ruben Maistry, sales manager at Stadler Engineering, discusses what changes might be ...

24 August 2018

Disappointed but not disheartened by NIC report


OPINION: Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK , explains that he is disappointed with aspects of last months report by the National Infrastructure Commission, and outlines what he would have ...

22 August 2018

Infrastructure Commission report ‘most welcome’


OPINION: Peter Clayson, general manager for business development and external affairs at DS Smith gives his views on last month's report by the National Infrastructure Commission, which touched on recycling and waste . The ...

17 August 2018

Going Circular with the 4th Industrial Revolution


OPINION: Dan Botterill, CEO of AI consultancy firm Ditto Sustainability, explains how Artificial intelligence (AI) can help towards achieving a more circular economy. The 4th Industrial revolution conjures imagery of all kinds of...

10 August 2018

Product legislation or EPR – the jury is still out


OPINION: Robbie Staniforth, policy manager at Ecosurety, responds the recent call for a packaging product directive. As Gev Eduljee recently reflected, The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations have been rather low-...

27 July 2018

‘No evidence’ to merge PRNs with design


Gev Eduljee, non-executive director at Resource Futures, reflects on the recent National Audit Office report on PRNs and asks why the Packaging Essential Requirements covering design, weren't properly taken into account by the NAO.

17 July 2018

Opinion: Time for direct action on food waste


Last week (9 July), the National Infrastructure Commission released its Infrastructure Assessment report which positioned food waste recycling as a key driver to achieving a low-carbon, low-cost future. Philip Simpson, commercial director at ...

22 June 2018

Managing waste from hydro excavation


OPINION: Fergal Campbell from CDEnviro discusses a positive solution for managing mud waste during hydro excavation, reducing the burden on drilling operators. Unlike countries such as the US and Australia, the UK has not fully ...