AI-driven robotic arm to increase recycling at Southwark facility

An AI-driven robotic arm - said to be as accurate as the human eye - is being used at Veolia Southwark IWMF to pick...

New £20m plant producing aggregates from incinerator ash opens in Midlands

The UK’s newest aggregate manufacturing plant has been officially opened in Wellingborough, providing low-carbon secondary aggregate to help meet the Midlands’ construction needs. The...

Using AI to extract mixed recyclables and organic material from MSW

A provider of AI-powered sortation at scale for the waste and recycling industry, AMP Robotics is using its technology to extract mixed recyclables and...

AI solutions to sustainability challenges share £1 million as Manchester Prize names finalists

After a nationwide search and entries from all corners of the UK, the Manchester Prize has awarded £1 million to ten teams of advanced...

Waste operators that caused fires receive sentences

Waste operators who repeatedly ignored Environment Agency advice that their sites posed a persistent fire risk - before fires broke out that burned for...
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Comment: Everyone should commit more to the cost of ‘turquoise hydrogen’

Governments and industry should do more to develop hydrogen as an affordable, sustainable and commercially viable fuel – especially so-called “turquoise hydrogen” derived from...

Data scarcity challenges identification of endocrine disruptors

Lack of data from the chemical industry in the EU often prevents the assessment of whether substances used in consumer products, for example, are...

The sins of the land are visited upon the sea

A new report attempts to better understand the provenance and impact of plastics in the ocean. Launched ahead of Earth Day 2024 (22nd April),...

DRS to be delayed until 2027

The UK government has announced a delay to the scheduled October 2025 start date of a UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), which will now...

PAS 402 certification is Scottish standout for Perthshire waste management firm

Perthshire waste management specialist Binn Group has successfully secured PAS 402 certification, and as the firm's announcement adds, this makes it the only Scottish...

New Veolia facility will handle hazardous waste in the South West

Waste and resources firm Veolia is launching a new specialist facility based in Avonmouth, near Bristol, to meet the growing demand for the safe...

Scotland’s recycling rate hits all-time high

Scots are recycling more than ever before as the nation’s recycling rate hits an all-time high in data released by Scotland’s environment watchdog, SEPA. The...

Brazilian study suggests better ways of managing MSW

Researchers analyzed solutions implemented in four very different Brazilian cities. Based on the results, they propose the creation of a national carbon credit fund...

Managing the future of plastic: key recommendations for Government

Experts  have collaborated on a series of recommendations which calls on Government to take the initiative on finding solutions to the plastics problem.  Their recommendations...

Consumers unaware of dangers of PFAS in food packaging, finds research

A recent survey appears to find that the majority (80%) of consumers are not familiar with ‘forever chemicals’ and the term PFAS. The survey was...

Electric sweeper barrows introduced in Wood Green

Haringey Council and Veolia are introducing three new electric sweeper barrows as well as an electric caged tipper vehicle to the streets of Wood...
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As cities and systems scale up, does waste scale accordingly?

A recent study attempts to predict the future state of urban ecosystems, and suggests the need for a new science of waste. Living systems have...

NIR test programme reveals factors influencing sorting flexible packaging materials

A major international collaboration to provide independent, scientific data linked to design, sortability and mechanical recyclability of flexible packaging has published its first report...

Household plastic packaging collection drops for first time, says RECOUP

Plastic packaging use and plastic packaging collection quantities have dropped for the first time in RECOUP's annual UK Household Plastic Packaging Collection Survey. The plastic...

Simpler Recycling won’t boost recycling rates says North London waste authority

Recycling efforts by north London’s two million residents will not be significantly boosted by the new Simpler Recycling proposals, the North London Waste Authority...