Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

Why the UK must tackle its waste ‘infrastructure gap’

Posted by Dr Adam Read, Practice Director on 21 July 2014

Last week Ricardo-AEA supported an important letter written by an industry group to government ministers underlying the need to tackle the ‘infrastructure gap’ for waste facilities and the consequent need for investment, particularly in facilities that handle commercial and industrial (C&I) waste.

Will the new MRF code of practice burden Local Authorities?

Posted by Victoria Hutchin, Senior Consultant on 15 July 2014

In a move to promote higher quality recycling to reduce the use of virgin raw materials, new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) regulations have been brought into force in England.

Driving Forward the Circular Economy - workshop discussions shed light on the issue!

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 25 June 2014

Resource sufficiency, the circular economy and sunshine are things not normally associated with North Yorkshire but yesterday (24 June 2014) they all came together at the 2014 Resource Efficient Business Summit, which was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate.

Charities Make the Most of Supermarket Surpluses – The Food Connection Report

Posted by Carrie Lorton, Environmental Consultant on 10 June 2014

Following on from a Defra Roundtable on the subject, WRAP identified the need to validate the concept of surplus food redistribution from the back of retail stores. WRAP has published a seminal report on the redistribution of surplus food from supermarkets (Food Connection Programme) to charities feeding vulnerable people, which Ricardo-AEA were delighted to research and report back on. We worked closely with FareShare and FoodCycle, looking to capture data on the viability of these food collection schemes and how they could, if possible, be encouraged across the UK.

Local Authority Recycling in a state of flux? Austerity measures, TEEP and the spectre of ‘green apa

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 9 June 2014

It is 17 years since I was last directly responsible for a local authority recycling service, and much has changed in the intervening years since those heady days of split back vehicles, MRFs and doorstep communications campaigns in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Although I have spent much of the last decade and a half supporting local authorities on recycling service options appraisal, service design, implementation, monitoring and communication campaigns, I am grateful that I am no longer a public sector officer with responsibility for waste and recycling collections today - too much is going on!

Helping businesses save money and resources

Posted by Jamie Pitcairn, Director on 5 June 2014

Ricardo-AEA has some interesting work ahead. For example, we are delivering a new Supply Chain Partnership programme for Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) in partnership with Scottish Engineering. I, together with my Resource Efficiency colleagues, will be managing delivery of the programme, which aims to demonstrate the financial and environmental benefits of adopting resource efficient practices within supply chains.

Reasons for reforming water abstraction

Posted by Richard Malloy, Senior Consultant on 3 June 2014

Defra’s Water White Paper published in 2011 sets out the government’s commitment to reform the UK’s water abstraction agenda ensuring that the regime is fit for purpose. The current system, introduced in the 1960s, has seen abstraction licences issued in perpetuity with a maximum volume allowance and no time limit, making the system inflexible. The system focussed on historical rights and allocation to ensure new abstractors wouldn’t impact on existing water users (derogation).

Keeping business afloat

Posted by Nicole Shamier, Senior Environmental Economist on 22 May 2014

On 1 May we hosted the ‘Keeping Business Afloat’ event at our Marble Arch offices in London. We had a good turnout of representatives from the risk management, food and drink, information technology, finance and public sectors, many of whom were able to join us to network over a glass of wine at the end of the session. We had an ambitious agenda which aimed to fully address commercial flood risk assessment and management.

Are food waste disposers a cheaper option?

Posted by Dr Adam Read, Practice Director on 7 May 2014

Last week I took part in a be Waste Wise online debate on the subject of managing food waste, part of the 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste . I was joined by Tim Evans, proprietor of Tim Evans Environment and Michael Keleman, manager of Environmental Engineering at InSinkErator.

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