Welcome to the Chief Executive’s blog.

This is the page from which you will be able to access Dr Colin Church’s latest blogs, as well as the full archive as it grows over time.

We’ll be highlighting any new posts on the CIWM website homepage and through our Twitter accounts (that’s @CIWM and @DrColinChurch)

You are encouraged to not only read these blogs, but to post comments too, so read on…

22.08.2018 Another Level
Whatever your personal or professional goals in resources and waste management, CIWM membership can help, says CIWM CEO Dr Colin Church. Here, he looks at how upgrading your membership could help take your career to the next level.

02.08.2018 Read it & TEEP
After many years of gestation, the legislative changes included in the EU’s Circular Economy Package (CEP) came into force last month. In his first CEP blog, Dr Colin Church looked at bio-waste; here, he explores the implications of these changes for UK household recycling

04.07.2018 Coming Full Circle
After many years of gestation, the legislative changes included in the EU’s “Circular Economy Package” came into force today (4 July). In his upcoming blogs, CIWM’s CEO, Dr Colin Church, will explore the implications for different aspects of our sector, starting with food waste.

28.03.2018 Developing Case
In his latest blog, CIWM’s CEO, Dr Colin Church, sets out the moral and environmental case for increasing the proportion of UK aid spent on waste management in developing countries, and asks… why should we care how poorer countries manage their waste?

14.02.2018 Ask, Nudge or Shove?
In his latest blog, CIWM’s CEO, Dr Colin Church, looks at behaviour change and consumer choice, saying we can’t simply accuse people of laziness or ignorance leading to poor behaviours, we need to make it easier for people to reduce, reuse and recycle…

20.12.2017 A Sense of Direction
In his latest blog, CIWM’s CEO, Dr Colin Church, looks at the overarching policy direction for England regarding resources and waste, saying that for the first time in years, the country is at last showing a sense of direction.…

10.11.2017 Environmental Governance After Brexit
CIWM’s CEO, Dr Colin Church, looks at how environmental legislation might be governed post-Brexit, following Michael Gove’s announcement that the Defra intends to consult on the issue…

03.08.2017 Three Reasons To Be Worried…
In the latest of his blog entries, CIWM’s chief executive, Dr Colin Church looks at enforcement and compliance post-Brexit and identifies three reasons to be worried if you care about environmental protection...

20.06.2017 More Q's than A's
There are more questions than answers in politics right now. However, Dr Colin Church, CIWM’s chief executive officer, says the important thing is that the resource & waste sector continues to highlight the contribution it can make both to a better environment and a stronger economy…

30.05.2017 Is The Resource & Waste Sector “Leadership Ready”? 
With the 2017 General Election less than two weeks away and the party manifestos out, many in our sector are turning their minds to what we should say to the incoming Government, as CIWM chief executive Dr Colin Church explains…

16.01.2017 Gov’s “Bland Assertions” On Recycling Commitment Not Enough
Dr Colin Church, offers his thoughts on England’s falling recycling rate, saying Government’s bland assertions that it remains committed to reaching the 50% target by 2020 are no longer enough...

09.12.2016  Brexit, waste and resource management…
Dr Colin Church delivers his second blog piece, this time taking on the subject of Brexit. What will it look like? What will Brexit + the circular economy mean for the UK? And where will it all end up? 

29.11.2016 Why waste crime is a major issue for society at large
CIWM’s chief executive, Dr Colin Church, says waste crime is an issue for society at large. Here, he asks if we’re just slapping sticking plasters on gaping wounds, or playing a bizarre game of high-stakes Whack-A-Mole!