April 11th, 2014

Does the nanny state have a role in changing nappies?

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by Thomas Vergunst

 

Some time ago I wrote an article on the merits of reusable nappies; to my surprise the piece proved to be rather popular on Isonomia and generated a whole string of comments on the site. It also stimulated some animated conversations – one friend challenged me as to:

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March 28th, 2014

Foam of contention: dealing with polystyrene wastes

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By Michelle Rose Rubio

 

Expanded polystyrene (also known as EPS foam, polystyrene or Styrofoam) is a popular plastic for the packaging of food items, electric and electronic goods, furniture and more due to its excellent insulating and protective properties, as well as a being a production material in its own right for such items as disposable cups, trays, cutlery and cartons.

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March 26th, 2014

Defra’s ex WRATE-ed guide

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by Ann Ballinger

 

Incineration might be worse than landfill. Although not an unfamiliar conclusion for us at Eunomia – we suggested as much in a report written for Friends of the Earth eight years ago – it’s rather more surprising to hear Defra echoing it in a recent publication. Hitherto the department seems to have regarded the environmental benefits as incontrovertible.

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March 21st, 2014

Is the PRN past its sell-by date?

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by Phil Conran

 

When the Packaging Waste Regulations started in 1997, the Packaging Recovery Notes and Packaging Export Recovery Note (PRN) were conceived as pull tools to meet demand when there was a risk of recycling targets not being met. Reacting to supply/demand situations, the PRN enabled money to be targeted where it was needed at producer’s expense. The Government’s view was – and still is – that the EU targets should be met in the cheapest way possible and that the PRN should not favour UK recycling or export nor should it favour household waste or C&I.

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March 19th, 2014

Incineration: let’s get fiscal

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by Dominic Hogg

 

If you are serious about encouraging waste prevention, eco-design, re-use, remanufacture and high recycling rates, then it helps if you stop people throwing stuff away for peanuts. A high price on residual waste management is not a panacea; and it isn’t impossible to achieve good results in its absence. However, the decline in recycling rates in Germany as incinerator gate fees have bombed is testament to the fact that, whatever other regulations you have in place, at some point the economic imperative begins to bite: make chucking stuff away cheap, and it will kill off better alternatives.

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