January 25th, 2012

Caught in the crossfire

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward

 

For those who don’t know it, Rezolve is a social enterprise based in Bodmin. It has a number of lines of business based around the re-use of furniture, white goods and bikes. It prevents around 30 tonnes of waste each month from going to landfill, thereby avoiding 120 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Integral to all this are its training activities. Until recently Rezolve has been very successful – winning the award for the best third sector business in Cornwall and being shortlisted for the equivalent England-wide award last year. I am proud to be a non-executive director.

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December 14th, 2011

I’ve recycled my cans – should I give up meat?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward

 

Some interesting new research by Brook Lyndhurst, published by Defra, explores whether adopting one pro-environmental behaviour will catalyse individuals subsequently to make further “green” changes in their lives.

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November 16th, 2011

Should we get behind the Resource Association?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward

 

Ray Georgeson – acting and part-time Chief Executive of the newly formed Resource Association – said at its launch that his greatest pleasure was to be working at last for an organisation that did not have “waste” in its title. It’s easy to see his point, but does this launch signal the arrival of an idea whose time has come?

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November 4th, 2011

Who will improve recycling services for SMEs?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward

 

Presumably it was a coincidence that on the same day that Defra unveiled the Business Waste Collection Commitment, the taxmen announced an £8m refund to Leeds City Council – having decided that local authority trade waste services should not be subject to VAT.  It was certainly not a coincidence that the Commitment appeared alongside a slew of research reports and guidance from WRAP on the mechanics and economics of trade recycling collections which had been waiting for months to see the light of day.

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October 27th, 2011

Community rights a trojan horse?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward

 

There is a lot more to the obese Localism Bill than planning.

Take the Community Right to Challenge. This will allow community groups, voluntary bodies or charities to express an interest in taking over all or part of a local service, provided by a local authority or on its behalf.  In respect of waste services, the model might be the successful recycling collections being run by the Cwm Harry Land Trust in Powys – although the powers won’t apply in Wales. Their brand of local “slow recycling” has engaged the local community and raised recycling rates to 74%.

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