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  • How the grocery supply chain can save £millions from tackling food waste

    How the grocery supply chain can save £millions from tackling food waste

    New research from food waste prevention experts, WRAP, estimates that 1.9 million tonnes* of food is wasted in the UK grocery supply chain every year. However, 0.7 million tonnes of material, which could have become waste, is either being ...

  • To bin or not to bin?

    To bin or not to bin?

    Around 30% of us are still confused about what can be recycled, according to recycling campaign, Recycle Now. The national campaign is running a targeted week of activities from 22nd-28th June, to help clear up confusion and get stuff out of the ...

  • Wood waste market in the UK

    Wood waste market in the UK

    The purpose of this project was to undertake both market and economic assessments for wood waste in the UK. The two sections of this report are described separately below. This section first identified gaps in wood waste estimates and then ...

  • Soil matters

    Soil matters

    Manufacturing topsoil through using quality compost can be a very important way of maximising the potential of existing resources and championing waste reduction over waste disposal, as well as delivering cost savings. Here, Paul Mathers explains ...

  • Creating a waste difference in Scotland

    Creating a waste difference in Scotland

    Our vision is to make a virtuous circle of the resource efficiency loop; to keep the amount of waste we produce to a minimum, and to reuse or recycle unavoidable waste into valuable products for which there is strong demand. This in turn will reduce ...

  • Lightweighting the can pack - a technical review and recommendations for the can package: performance requirements and lightweighting

    Lightweighting the can pack - a technical review and recommendations for the can package: performance requirements and lightweighting

    Executive summary This project has successfully demonstrated that the current beverages aluminium can pack has the potential to be lightweighted further than the industry initially thought possible, not only by reducing the gauge of the can and end ...

    Christine Watson

  • Realising the value of recovered glass: An update

    Realising the value of recovered glass: An update

    Around 1.5 million tonnes of container glass were recycled in the twelve months to June 2008, 200,000 tonnes more than a year earlier. However, although there was an increase in the amount of cullet going into remelt applications – including ...

  • CO2 impacts of transporting UK’s recovered paper and plastic bottles to China

    CO2 impacts of transporting UK’s recovered paper and plastic bottles to China

    Exports of recovered materials for recycling overseas have grown at a rapid pace over the past decade. In 2007, 4.7 million tonnes of recovered paper and half a million tonnes of recovered plastics were exported. The principal destination for these ...

  • WRAP`s Business Plan 2008-2011: A lighter carbon footprint

    WRAP`s Business Plan 2008-2011: A lighter carbon footprint

    We have set about the task of improving markets for recycled materials and products – our original core remit – with great gusto and some real success, as we have reported. And we have embraced rapid organisational expansion as we  tackled new ...

  • Domestic mixed plastics packaging: waste management options

    Domestic mixed plastics packaging: waste management options

    Mixed plastics is a term that covers all non-bottle plastic packaging sourced from the domestic waste stream and includes rigid and flexible plastic items of various polymer types and colours that are typically found in the household waste bin. It ...

  • Potential refill solutions for the food and non-food retail sectors – feasibility study

    Potential refill solutions for the food and non-food retail sectors – feasibility study

    Refill systems have the potential to significantly reduce both retail packaging waste and product waste. This favours the selection of high volume products that show significant potential weight savings. Such systems involve the initial sale of ...

  • Kerbside Recycling: Indicative costs and performance

    Kerbside Recycling: Indicative costs and performance

    The increase in national recycling rates achieved by local authorities since the publication of Waste Strategy 2000 has been impressive. The growth from 7% to 31% in 2006/07 has been achieved through a mixture of investment and ingenuity, but it has ...

  • The food we waste

    The food we waste

    UK households waste 6.7 million tonnes of food every year, around one third of the 21.7 million tonnes we purchase. Most of this food waste is currently collected by local authorities (5.9 million tonnes or 88%). Some of this will be recycled but ...

  • The carbon impact of bottling Australian wine in the UK

    The carbon impact of bottling Australian wine in the UK

    An increasingly hot issue in the UK is the design of bottles and their recycled content, to the point where researchers have begun analysing how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted from bulk-imported wine from Australia compared to ...

  • Recycling efficiency in the construction industry

    Recycling efficiency in the construction industry

    Construction clients, policy makers and planners are increasingly setting requirements to encourage greater use of recovered materials in construction. A number of construction clients and product manufacturers have shown a desire to expand the ...

  • Delivering effective waste minimisation

    Delivering effective waste minimisation

    Implementing good practice Waste Minimisation and Management (WMM) on construction projects will help reduce the significant quantities of construction waste sent to Landfill and make a substantial contribution to sustainable development. This ...

  • Realise Your Company’s Potential

    Realise Your Company’s Potential

    Capitalising on business opportunities in the recycling sector requires a wide range of innovation, investment, expertise and management skills. The majority of recycling companies are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and are simply not ...

  • Use of recycled plasterboard in unfired clay-gypsum blocks

    Use of recycled plasterboard in unfired clay-gypsum blocks

    Executive summary Over one million tonnes of waste plasterboard are estimated to be produced each year in the UK from construction and demolition activities. Most of this waste is currently sent to landfill, even though it can easily be recycled. ...

    Andrew Biggs

  • Aggregates Research: Engineering properties of concrete containing recycled aggregates

    Aggregates Research: Engineering properties of concrete containing recycled aggregates

    The objective of this project (AGG0079-002) was to identify whether the use of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) affects the applicability of engineering property relations for concrete based on compressive strength given in the structural design ...

    N Waleed; Dr. TDG Canisius

  • Plasterboard collection trials at household waste recycling centres

    Plasterboard collection trials at household waste recycling centres

    Executive summary Over one million tonnes of waste plasterboard are estimated to be produced each year in the UK from construction and demolition activities. Most of this waste is currently sent to landfill, even though it can easily be recycled. ...

    Stuart Storton; Roger Meaden