November 27th, 2015

Something in the air? The Autumn Statement and pollution


by Dominic Hogg


Wednesday’s joint spending review and Autumn statement (SRAS) ought to give us some insight into the George Osborne’s thinking about the current and future state of the economy, and his priorities for how it should be managed. So what environmental and other implications can we infer from the document and the decisions within it?

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November 20th, 2015

Separate biowaste collections: a TEEP learning curve?


by Peter Jones


Details are starting to emerge of the forthcoming European Commission Circular Economy package proposal, now expected early in the New Year. If the leaks are accurate, and the package is translated into a directive in something like its current form, there will be a great deal of thinking to do – first for officials at Defra, and then for anyone involved in collecting waste that contains biowaste.

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November 13th, 2015

Look, no hands: tackling air pollution and climate change

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by Dominic Hogg


If there is a silver lining around the breath-constricting cloud that hangs over Volkswagen (and, perhaps, other manufacturers of diesel vehicles as well), it’s that the publicity raises awareness of the damages caused by air pollution. While a cadre of politicians and journalists strive to maintain the impression that there’s a debate to be had on the science of climate change, there’s far less dissent from the view that air pollution brings a trail of misery, and even death, in its wake.

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November 6th, 2015

Hitting the bottle: the Middle East’s water packaging problem


by Rehan Ahmed


Plastic water bottles are a common feature of urban life in the Middle East, being readily and cheaply available to all sections of society. In some instances, they are even provided free in public locations such as mosques, and this easy availability has seen their use – and subsequent misuse – increase greatly over time. People have come to regard plastic water bottles as a free resource, taking bottles, sipping from them, and leaving them in public places or throwing them away in rubbish bins with their contents only partly consumed.

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October 30th, 2015

Unnatural ways: a monster movie special


by Steve Watson


Where would Halloween be without a monster movie? It may be difficult sometimes to look behind the shlock and gore, especially if you’re watching from behind the sofa, but for the environmentally minded viewer this genre can often reveal an interesting analysis of concerns we deal with day in, day out.

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October 23rd, 2015

Should we welcome the return of nappy recycling?


by Hilary Vick


The news that nappy recycling specialist Knowaste is looking to open a new facility will receive rather a lukewarm welcome – at least from those of us engaged in trying to minimise the environmental impact of nappies by promoting reusables. Their plan, submitted on 14th September, is for a new absorbent hygiene product (AHP) recycling plant in West London, which would take in disposable nappies, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products, using autoclave and shredding technology to recover plastics and fibres for recycling.

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October 16th, 2015

Cash on collection: selling separated recyclables


by Peter Jones and Joe Papineschi


Local authority budgets are slimmer than ever, making it imperative for councils that separately collect materials to achieve the best possible value from them. However, while councils are experienced purchasers of goods and services, selling isn’t something they have much call to do.

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