Opinions Tuesday 1 December 2020
12 November 2020

OPINION: Oxo-biodegradable plastic and bans

OPINION: Michael Stephen is a barrister, former MP, and director of Symphony Environmental Technologies Plc, a company which develops additives for biodegradable plastics. In this article he discusses the proposed ban on what is ...


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16 October 2019

‘Keep recycling simple’ urges TOMRA


Brian Gist, head of TOMRA Sorting UK, explains that councils should be trying to 'keep recycling simple' by maintaining dry commingled collections, as modern Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs) can isolate high quality recyclates from completely...

Pat Jennings 16 October 2019

‘A welcome for a landmark Environment Bill’


The Environment Bill is the work of many to ensure the UK has a robust and ambitious legal and policy framework in place to protect and improve the environment in the future, writes Pat Jennings, head of policy, knowledge & external affairs ...

30 September 2019

LARAC 2019: Let’s have a climate conversation


OPINION: Ahead of the 2019 LARAC Conference and Awards this week, the event's Platinum Sponsor, FCC Environment, says that the time is right to have a conversation on how local authorities can lead the response to the climate crisis.

23 September 2019

‘We are a nation of recyclers’


With Recycle Week underway, Peter Maddox, director for WRAP UK, has some positive messages in the wake of research into public attitudes on recycling. OPINION: We are a nation of recyclers – ...

Jacob Hayler 13 September 2019

Adding quality to the materials stream


Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association, looks how to improve quality in the recycling materials stream. OPINION: In the media over the last 12 months there have been a ...

11 September 2019

The impact of changing consumer behaviour


OPINION: Ahead of the upcoming September 19 webinar discussing ‘The impact of changing consumer behaviour and the importance of effective engagement’ Reconomy’s head of sustainability and social value, Diane Crowe, looks at how heightened ...

10 September 2019

Establishing the ‘bookends’ of EPR for WEEE


Mark Burrows-Smith, chief executive of WEEE producer compliance scheme Repic examines how the requirement for manufacturers to cover the 'full net cost' of their products at the end of life impacts electronics producers. ...

6 September 2019

Let’s be clear about plastic


OPINION: Jeff Rhodes, head of environmental and external affairs at Biffa, discusses the importance of supermarkets moving away from dark coloured plastics and the need to ensure packaging is easily recyclable. Sainsbury’s ...

Jacob Hayler 29 August 2019

Unpicking the challenges facing our sector


OPINION: Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) considers the challenges facing the resources and waste sector over the coming 12 months and beyond. The summer holidays gave me time to ...