Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

Brexit and the waste management industry

Posted by Victoria Hutchin on 26 August 2016

In this blog post, waste management consultant, Victoria Hutchin discusses the possible impacts of Brexit on the waste management industry and in particular household recycling performance.

Waste to Energy – What does the future hold?

Posted by Mark Ramsay and Dr Adam Read on 26 August 2016

Ricardo Energy & Environment has worked extensively with the European Commission (EC) over the past year to examine the key trends which will shape Waste to Energy (WtE) in Europe over the next decade. When considering WtE, we are not just thinking about waste incineration (Energy from Waste) plants but also other forms of energy recovery such as waste co-incineration in conventional power plants, anaerobic digestion, cement kilns and other energy recovery processes such as waste to biofuels.

Top 5 good practice tips for councils struggling with recycling contamination

Posted by Adam Read on 23 August 2016

With this morning’s coverage in BBC Breakfast about recycling contamination, our experience and advice in this area may be of help to local authorities. Contamination can be an issue for many councils but, with concerted effort, the problems can be successfully addressed. 

Mutually beneficial collaboration – when austerity, waste partnerships and teckal companies converge

Posted by Brian Mayne on 23 August 2016

I’ll be joining a panel at RWM to discuss mutually beneficial collaboration – when austerity, waste partnerships and teckal companies converge. 

Food Waste: The cost of collection

Posted by Victoria Hutchin on 22 August 2016

In the wake of Brexit, the future viability of food waste collections in England is uncertain. The UK as a whole has a target of 50% reuse and recycling by 2020, with no targets in England beyond this EU statutory target. Food waste collections are necessary for many authorities to make the step change in recycling performance. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of waste policy in England, authorities and the industry as a whole must not allow this to undo progress.

Waste data – any signs of improvement?

Posted by Simone Aplin on 17 August 2016

Last week my colleague asked me “How much local authority collected waste was recycled in England each quarter last year?”. “Give me a second and I’ll have a look” I said, flexing my fingers to go into battle with WasteDataFlow. I wasn’t worried, it’s a pretty simple query, but disaster….. a grey box appeared on the screen….

Ricardo Energy & Environment co-host a waste to energy workshop on behalf of the Asian Development Bank

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 10 June 2016

Ricardo Energy & Environment partnered with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to deliver a “deep dive workshop” on Waste to Energy opportunities, barriers and delivery models as part of the bank’s major recent conference ‘the Asia Clean Energy Forum’ ([]).  This invitation for us to work together reflects the growing profile that Ricardo Energy & Environment has within the bank, building on our recent successful work, which has mostly focused on energy networks in Developing Member Countries.

Clean Enviro Summit in Singapore

Posted by Kathryn Warren on 10 June 2016

In just a few weeks I will be jetting out to Singapore to attend the *Clean Enviro Summit*, which will be held on 10-14 July. The focus of the summit is innovative waste management, clean management, environmental technology and recycling solutions for growing cities. The event is held in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week, World Cities Summit, and the Green Growth Business Forum and will be attended by over 20,000 delegates from more than 130 countries.

I can see clearly now!

Posted by Gareth Morton, Principal Consultant on 8 April 2016

Communications design for better accessibility

An inconvenient initiative? Ways to counter contamination

Posted by Gareth Morton, Principal Consultant on 23 March 2016

Recycling is good. Contamination of recycling is bad. That’s pretty simple and you would think people would understand. And yet, contamination is a considerable issue for recycling services up and down the land, and one which sits in the eye of a perfect (and very large) storm.

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