Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

Need to cure (recycling) contamination?

Posted by Gareth Morton on 7 November 2016

*Contamination CAN be cured!* That was the main message from our recent webinar which was attended by nearly 100 people (and there were probably many more huddled round computer screens in team meetings up and down the country!). However, the other main message from our webinar is that there is no simple fix: *reducing contamination takes time and effort to coordinate policy, operations and communications to address the issues.*

Top tips for tip top contract management

Posted by Brian Mayne on 3 November 2016

Contract management covers all aspects of managing a relationship with a supplier, whether it’s a residual waste treatment, street cleansing or a collections contract. Gone are the days when contracts were signed and filed away to collect dust and the supplier left to ‘get on with it’. Contract managers are recognised as being vital to ensure suppliers not only fulfil their contractual obligations but, wherever possible, increase efficiency, add value and react to changing circumstances.

Learnings from the LARAC Conference

Posted by Gareth Morton on 1 November 2016

Ricardo Energy & Environment was at LARAC again this year, to meet clients and friends old and new, as well as contribute to the debates that were being had inside and outside the conference auditorium. The big themes of the event were the circular economy, consistency, on-going austerity, as well as recycling contamination.

Free support to local authorities to explore income generation opportunities

Posted by Victoria Hutchin on 1 November 2016

We acknowledge that decreasing budgets pose an ongoing challenge for local authorities’ frontline services; however, we are on hand to help by offering *one day of free consultancy support* to undertake an initial review of income generation opportunities. We have provided support to local authorities in developing income generating proposals for the full range of public realm services including:      - fleet and plant operations      - street cleansing      - grounds maintenance      - waste management and janitorial services

Scottish Resources Conference in Edinburgh

Posted by Jess Twemlow on 1 November 2016

Earlier this month, we attended the Scottish Resources Conference in Edinburgh, where we were speaking on the opportunities and challenges for biorefining in Scotland. The theme of the two-day conference, co-hosted by Zero Waste Scotland and CIWM, was ‘Building a Circular Economy together’.

Harmonisation and consistency of recycling services

Posted by Jack Stevens on 1 November 2016

At this year’s Resource and Waste Management (RWM) event, as well as manning our stand with a 'tyred' genius, we also presented and participated in a number of sessions on key topics within the industry, such as:

Applying lessons learned and best practice from the UK in a South African context

Posted by Victoria Hutchin on 1 November 2016

I recently returned from WasteCon 2016, Africa's largest and most prestigious waste conference together with a colleague, Jamie Warmington. Ricardo Energy & Environment has been working on waste issues in South Africa for the last 4 years, through our strong working relationship with our in-country partner Aurecon. This partnership has brought together Aurecon’s local insights and knowledge, and our technical experience in delivering international best practice to provide support to local government. Our support has included complex waste flow and WRATE modelling for a number of municipalities, including Johannesburg.

RECUWATT Conference, Spain

Posted by Nia Owen on 1 November 2016

Ricardo Energy & Environment was recently invited to speak at the RECUWATT Conference held last week in Barcelona. The conference was predominantly aimed at waste and resource management professionals from both the public and private sector in Spain, but delegates and speakers attended from over 19 countries for this year’s conference which was on the theme of “Recycling, Energy and Life”. The conference ran over 3 days, and sessions on a range of hot topics were discussed including:

Making an informed decision on consistency

Posted by Jade-Ashlee Cox on 1 November 2016

With so many collection systems to choose from, making the right decision can be overwhelming. WRAP’s recent work on consistency has provided local authorities with an indicative framework of collection systems they may wish to assess, in order to find one most suited to their demographic and geographic needs. We, at Ricardo Energy & Environment are currently sharing our expertise in the area with a range of local authorities, who are looking to understand:

The 5 Pillars of Performance to manage recycling contamination

Posted by Gareth Morton on 6 October 2016

Contamination has been hitting the headlines over the summer but is it as bad as it appears and what can be done to address it? These are the questions I will be exploring at two forthcoming events:

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