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How to Increase Effectiveness of a Construction Waste Management System

The company “Construction Waste Management System”, was once neglected. It was even seen as a waste of time. But, it is now a central part of doing business for construction firms. In this article we look at raising the effectiveness, and the benefits from, a well-focused construction company waste management system. Gradually, people are developing […]

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Why Every Landfill Liner Leaks But Not All Leakage Matters

Landfill liner leaks are endemic. A small amount escapes from composite landfill lining systems which include both 1 metre thick a clay layer, and a clay liner loses water/ leachate according to its permeability and the head of pressure of leachate over it. That is despite applying stringent design and operational requirements for landfills, landfills continue […]

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Landfill Environmental Problems – Emissions

MSW Landfills are very unpopular due to the many environmental problems which have been attributed to landfills. In Europe there is massive investment underway to substantially reduce reliance on landfills. In many areas worldwide landfill space is running out, due to public hostility arising from public perception of landfills and environmental problems, and a crisis […]

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When Does a Landfill Stop Being a Landfill – Final Storage Quality

When Does an Old Landfill Cease to be a Landfill? In other words, when can an old landfill be left as it is, not monitored and used for any purpose it’s owner wants to use it for, because it no longer contains anything which harm the environment? [box size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]There is an easy and […]

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Zero Waste and UK Recycling Progress

Landfills vary immensely, but even the most recently developed are not considered to provide a sustainable way of getting rid of rubbish.  They can cause pollution, and certainly hold the potential to do so. Very few of us want to live near to them, and the methane gas produced by them is a major contributor […]

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Co-mingled Waste Collection Mixed Waste and Kerbside Sorting Explained

Local authorities worldwide are striving to improve their recycling rates, including by co-mingled waste collection. The rates of recycling and waste diversion away from landfill being achieved, have been shown to be much improved by the choice of collection system, and the variety of boxes and bins provided for disposal of the municipal waste generated […]

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What are the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997

Confined Spaces Definitions (United Kingdom H&S Regulations) There are two commonly used definitions:- The Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 (2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires – “confined space” means any place, including any chamber, tank, vat, silo, pit, trench, pipe, sewer, flue, well or other similar space in which, by virtue of its […]

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What is Land Pollution?

We have been asked “What is Land Pollution”, quite a few times recently so we wrote this article. Land pollution (pollution of land) is a serious issue in many locations around the world, it is caused in a variety of ways, and varies greatly in its severity. When it is caused by industrial activities it […]

The Trading of Carbon wrt Landfills

Carbon Credit Trading and Landfills

It’s Methane that makes Landfill and Carbon Credit Trading so interconnected. Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, is emitted in large quantities from modern engineered landfills unless it is collected and flared (burnt). Kyoto obligations mean that UK landfill emissions need to fall by 20 percent from 1990 levels, and […]

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UK Requirements for Farm Waste Licensing

EU Waste Framework Directive: The new UK requirements for farm waste licensing Farm (agricultural) waste disposal will as from this year (July 2006) regulated by the Environment Agency under the same regulations as municipal, commercial and industrial waste. Until the extended implementation date this summer (2006) agricultural businesses have been exempted from the Waste Management […]

Waste and recycling in the Construction industry

Construction and Demolition Waste and Recycling

In tonnage terms construction and demolition waste is the UK’s largest waste stream accounting for 90 Million tonnes of material per year in England and Wales alone. To drive the recovery of demolition material and the use of recycled materials in new structures, ICE, working with London Remade and Envirocentre has developed the Demolition Protocol […]

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The UK Government Waste Diversion Targets Set on the Landfilling of Waste (in 2005)

Local authorities across England have been set limits on the amount of biodegradable municipal waste they can dispose of in landfill sites. The aim of these waste diversion targets is to achieve the diversion of waste away from landfill sites. Environment Minister Elliot Morley confirmed (3 February 2005) the final allocation of landfill allowances for […]

The effects of waste and climate change

Waste and Climate Change

Main Issues Waste and climate change is an important issue, given the ever rising quantities of waste bring produced. Reduction and reuse of waste is the preferred option, and most important aim in any waste strategy. The EU Landfill Directive requires all landfill sites taking biodegradable waste to where possible capture and use the methane […]

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One Stop Shop Environmental Permits by Defra UK

The UK environmental regulations have been simplified for the first time in years, in a move which has been largely unreported in the technical press. In a move welcomed by industry, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations (EP) were brought into effect on the 6 April 2008, and have been repeatedy updtaed with new […]

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What is Waste WAMITAB Hazardous Waste and WEEE?

Q: What is waste? A: Waste is defined for the propose of the UK Waste Management Regulations as: Any substance or object that you discard, intend to discard, or are required to discard is waste and as such is subject to a number of regulatory requirements. Even if material is sent for recycling or undergoes […]