Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

The new English carrier bag charge – what you need to know

Posted by Dr Nia Owen, Principle Consultant, Resource and Waste Management on 2 October 2015

Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have all successfully introduced legislation in recent years to charge consumers for the use of single use carrier bags. From Monday 5 October a similar charge will be introduced in England. 

ISO 14001 – The new changes will encourage improved circular economy thinking across the supply chain

Posted by Jamie Pitcairn - Director, Scotland on 30 September 2015

The planned changes to the 14001 environmental management system have been in development for the last few years and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) launched the standard this month. This is a fundamental revision of the standard, with far greater implications for organisations than the previous revision in 2004.

Engaging the public – the right thing to do when planning your service?

Posted by Adam Read on 28 September 2015

I’ve had a busy few months working with 2 new clients in the SE of England as they assess their waste management strategy and plan for their services over the next 20 years in one case, and as they assess different collection options and consider the legality, costs and suitability of these options for their changing kerbside recycling collection. And if I am being honest, I have really enjoyed getting back to the ‘basics’ of sustainable waste management – people, their habits, attitudes and behaviours!

What to feed the bin monster

Posted by Stephen Wise, Principal Consultant on 23 September 2015

*This is my blog discussing my thoughts and opinions on issues of resource efficiency and waste management that affect me as an individual in my every day life.*

A Role for Durability in the Circular Economy

Posted by Simon Gandy on 16 September 2015

At Ricardo Energy & Environment, we have just concluded a detailed project on durability for the European Commission. Anyone with an interest in the circular economy will find our results both fascinating and revealing…

How the circular economy can reduce household waste

Posted by Nadine Minty & Simon Gandy on 14 September 2015

The circular economy can reduce household waste through community sharing and re-use. Not only could this create benefits for local authorities by reducing the amount of waste collected, but also strengthen community engagement.

September - speed dating and the value of partnering?

Posted by Adam Read on 11 September 2015

Why I love September?

The tail is definitely wagging the dog! Is TEEP a step too far for the humble public sector waste manager?

Posted by Lorna Pannett on 7 September 2015

Several things have struck me as I have travelled around the country in recent months helping local authority waste managers to grapple with the issues raised by Regulation 13 and the associated Necessity and TEEP (Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable) tests.

Refuse derived fuel (RDF) production and working towards consistency.

Posted by Stephen Wise, Principal Consultant on 4 September 2015

The treatment of municipal and commercial waste to produce RDF is here to stay. However, we are likely to see in the long term more RDF used within the UK market as additional energy-from-waste (EfW) capacity becomes available. Where RDF has been manufactured to a high quality we have already seen its use exploited within the cement industry within the UK, Europe and beyond as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuel.

Partners for life? Relationship building in transition economies

Posted by Adam Read on 25 August 2015

I have just got back from another of my 5-day trips to Riyadh, where we are finalising the city’s new Integrated Waste Management Strategy, and as I reflect on 20 years in waste consultancy, it dawned on me that one of the consistent themes of successful in-country work, whether that be in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe, has been the need for quality local consultants & partners!

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