The venue for Millenium Centre, Cardiff

Wales: Bin there, done that – what next?

10 March saw the CIWM Resource Conference Cymru 2015 being held in Cardiff Bay, Wales. The purpose of the meeting was to share good practice and innovation about recycling and resource management in Wales. Here’s what I found out (with thanks to CIWM/Wastepack for providing the bursary that allowed me to attend!)… Ask anybody what Wales is renowned for and […]

Yanley Landfill

Plastic packaging – a horror film

Zero Waste Week is an opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money. In its seventh year, the week runs 1st – 7th September 2014. The theme is “One More Thing” – what one more thing could YOU do? Find out more at or on Twitter using #zerowasteweek Ever since I spent a summer […]

Aim high, shoot low? UK recycling rates missing the target

Originally posted on the EGU blog network In 2008, the EU set a target for member countries to achieve a 50 % household recycling rate by 2020; last week, an amendment raised this figure to 70 %. The  graph below shows the latest available data for the UK. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or […]

From landfill to jet fuel: the plastic panacea?

Last week British Airways announced that the world’s first sustainable aviation fuel plant will be built in Thurrock, Essex. The airline claims that 575,000 tonnes of plastic waste, otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, will be converted into 120,000 tonnes of liquid fuel each year. According to BA, that’s enough to power the annual flights […]