February 21st, 2014

Incentives and sensibility

by James Fulford and  Clare Pitts-Tucker


This week Eunomia, working in partnership with Serco, launched a new report investigating the impact of recycling incentive schemes. While giving some thought to Pay As You Throw (PAYT) and Deposit Refund Schemes (DRS) – types of incentive scheme widely used elsewhere in the world – we focussed on the benefits of offering incentives, or ‘rewards’, to residents for kerbside recycling.

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January 3rd, 2014

Paper cuts: is the iPad bad for recycling?

Old News

by James Fulford


Isonomia’s editor gave me a quick tour yesterday of the site’s December readership numbers. Amongst the predictable good news – the site has more than doubled in popularity in the last year – one stat in particular caught my eye: the blog had page impressions on December 25th!

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October 4th, 2013

Arson about?


by Joe Hudson and James Fulford


It seems as though the waste and recycling press has been full of stories about fires at recycling facilities this summer. Some have been big enough even to make national news. Earlier in August, 60 firefighters were called in to battle a blaze involving piles of segregated packaging waste materials in Wolverhampton. The next day, fire struck a site in Birmingham and that engulfed 500 tonnes of paper and plastics destined for recycling. These are not standalone cases: there have been similar inflammatory incidents this summer in Burnley, Leeds and Worksop. A site in Kidderminster has had two large fires in the last year. MRW has researched the issue and mapped 59 recycling fires that took place in 2012, although insurers have indicated that the true number is rather higher.

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September 6th, 2013

Local authority waste contracts: who’s the daddy?

In house and outsourced

by James Fulford


How much of the local authority waste collection sector is contracted out? Who is it contracted out to? And how long before the various contracts fall due for retender?

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February 27th, 2013

DCLG’s weak collection fund

Canute rebukes his courtiers

by James Fulford


It’s possible that Eric Pickles expected the Weekly Collection Support Scheme to provide a permanent boost to his popularity. After years in which local government had cut the frequency of rubbish collection, much to the chagrin of the Daily Mail, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government must have imagined that he would be seen to be acting decisively to put things right.

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November 9th, 2012

We all bin it together

Two bins

by James Fulford


Although the data is thin and somewhat contradictory, it looks as though there’s plenty of room for improvement in the recycling performance of smaller SMEs. But those who want to support increased recycling need to understand how the market-driven commercial waste collection sector works.

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June 25th, 2012

Planning, investment and white elephants

by James Fulford


Eunomia recently released an update to our six-monthly Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. We maintain a database of non-landfill residual waste facilities – not just those that are currently operational, but also those being built or making their way through the planning system. Twice yearly we publish figures showing current and potential treatment capacity alongside estimates of future waste arisings. This reveals a ‘capacity gap’ between the amount of waste we’re likely to have and the facilities we expect to be in place to treat it – but the findings need careful interpretation.

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