October 24th, 2014

Pole position: the state of waste management in Poland


by Bernadeta Gottel


According to a Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI) study Municipal Waste Management in Poland (2013), the combined Polish recycling rate for dry recyclables and organic waste has increased from 5% in 2004 to 21% in 2010. Another source provides similar, corroborating statistics, putting the dry recycling rate in Poland at 14% and the composting rate at 7%. The latest Eurostat data (for 2011) shows that the upward trend continuing, with the total recycled and composted reaching 28%. That is rapid rate of improvement, but leaves Poland well below the latest EU-27 average of 40% (25% recycled and 15% composted) – so what prospect is there of Poland reaching the EU’s mandatory 50% target by 2020?

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October 21st, 2014

Risk and reward: is it worth bidding for DCLG’s Recycling Reward Scheme?


by Clare Pitts-Tucker


Eric Pickles is making something of a habit of conjuring up pots of money to promote his pet policy proposals. Undeterred by the experience of the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme (WCSS), which proved quite an expensive way to persuade one authority to revert to weekly collections, he has now established a £5m Recycling Reward Scheme (RRS) fund that gives councils the chance to bid for resources to set up local recycling incentive schemes.

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October 17th, 2014

Is the waste PFI credit crunch justified?

Residual Graph

by Dominic Hogg


I’ve just made it back to the office following a thoroughly enjoyable LARAC conference. As well as staying up way too late on Wednesday night after a scrumptious dinner, I sat on a panel earlier in the same day which was asked a question regarding whether the withdrawal of PFI credits from various local authority waste projects was justified.

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October 17th, 2014

Burning rubber: the problem of tyre-fuelled kilns


by Catherine Hansen


The decorative arts of ceramics and pottery have a long and honoured tradition. Whilst we cannot know exactly when the first kilns were built and the first clay fired, some very early examples of pottery have been unearthed in the Middle East, with the most ancient pottery fragments found at Catal Huyuk in Turkey dating from as long ago as 6500BC.

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October 10th, 2014

Nineteen ways to cut waste crime


by Roy Hunt


Waste crime is expanding at a quite alarming rate. That’s not just my view – I’ve heard it expressed by the police, the fire service, senior Environment Agency (EA) officers and my local MP. It seems far beyond the capability of the current regulatory system, split between the EA, HM Revenue and Customs and local authorities, to keep in check.

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October 3rd, 2014

Reverting to TEEP: more Waste Regulations quandaries

Sacks in London

by Peter Jones


The one commonly accepted fact about the Waste Regulations is that they aren’t well understood. Local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are grappling with the question of whether separate household collections of glass, metal, paper and card are “necessary” and “practicable”. In the absence of case law and with the Environment Agency only now starting to make clear how it will approach enforcement, these poorly defined concepts are far from easy to apply. But I’ve come across some interesting and difficult cases lately that help to reveal what the Regulations might mean in practice.

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October 2nd, 2014

The goose that laid the golden blog

The Typing Pool

by the Administrator


In Tudor times, the end of the harvest and beginning of autumn was marked by the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, celebrated on 29th September. One Michaelmas Day tradition was the cooking and eating of geese, which were resplendently fat at this time of time year. Eating a goose was though to bring luck and financial security for the coming year, as in the rhyme: ‘He who eats goose on Michaelmas day, shan’t money lack or debts pay’.

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