Special Reports Sunday 11 April 2021
17 March 2021

Recyclers, councils and brands await consultations 


Crucial consultations on the funding and delivery of recycling services to householders in England as well as a new EPR system for brand owners are to be published soon. Steve Eminton takes a look at what lies ahead. 

24 February 2021

What do we know about the Plastic Packaging Tax?


With just more than a year to go until the introduction of the government’s Plastic Packaging Tax, Martin Hyde, policy leader at environmental consultancy Comply Direct, looks at what we do and don’t know.

15 February 2021

Apprenticeship week backed by waste sector  


National Apprentice Week 2021 ran from 8 to 14 February – Robyn White takes a look at programmes across the sector, as the demand for green jobs increases. Despite the difficulties caused by ...

13 January 2021

Sonoco faces up to carton recycling challenge


The carton sector and producers of paper tubes face recycling pressures as Ellen McArthur's New Plastics Economy grows in influence. Developments at Sonoco, which has its a carton mill in Halifax, aim to find new solutions to sustainability ...

11 January 2021

‘Getting charged up about battery recycling’


As is the case every year, demand for batteries increased exponentially in the run up to Christmas 2020, with the average UK household buying an estimated 30 batteries or more every festive period. We talk to Gavin Russell

6 January 2021

‘Is environmental regulation fit for purpose?’


This special report by Barrister, Gordon Wignall looks at whether today’s environmental regulation is fit for purpose. The context is the web of legislative measures which apply to the waste and recycling sectors, and in particular the ...

14 December 2020

Retailers prepare to take back WEEE instore


From January 2021 large electronic retailers will be obliged to take back waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in-store. James Langley examines how it’s all going to work.

24 November 2020

Research into waste remediation continues


Professor Christopher Howe in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge outlines the ongoing development of the research work undertaken for the Waste Environmental Education Research Trust in partnership with Cambridge ...

16 November 2020

ISWA: Lithium-ion batteries and fire risk


In this special report, Jeff Cooper, a past president of the International Solid Waste Association and former producer responsibility specialist at the Environment Agency, looks at the results from a survey by the International Solid Waste ...