March 14th, 2014

Is bad data blocking waste infrastructure investment?

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by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

We’ve been reading SITA’s recent report on waste arisings and infrastructure, which found that by 2025 the UK would have 5.7m tonnes more waste than treatment capacity. It’s a conclusion that we have issues with: we’re authors of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, which has consistently shown that the capacity of the incinerators, MBT plants and other residual treatment plant that we expect to be built in coming years risks exceeding the tonnage of waste which will need to be managed in future. But whilst it’s worth pausing to point out where we think SITA has erred, the report raises a more interesting issue: what is really holding up the infrastructure investment that SITA and others think is so urgently needed?

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February 24th, 2014

Is waste planning a waste of time?

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by Deborah Sacks

 

I once attended a branch meeting of the Royal Town Planning Institute where the members were all feeling pretty low. The very concept of planning was under attack from the coalition government. Any reason for control of land use was being questioned at a fundamental level.

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November 22nd, 2013

Water woes in Jordan

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by Amir Dakkak

 

Being one of the most arid countries in the Middle East, Jordan is facing severe water shortages. The current per capita water supply in the country is 200 cubic meters per year which is almost one-third of the global average. To make matters worse, it is projected that Jordan’s population (currently at 6 million) will reach 9 million by 2025 causing a drastic decline in per capita water availability to measly 91 cubic meters.

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November 8th, 2013

Is there really a residual waste capacity gap?

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by Dominic Hogg

 

Veolia’s UK Director, Estelle Brachlianoff took the opportunity of Guy Fawkes night to lob more fuel on the fiery debate over whether the UK is headed for waste infrastructure overcapacity and announced that the firm has commissioned its own study.

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November 1st, 2013

Burning bridges: what does Covanta’s departure mean?

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by Peter Jones

 

The last act of Covanta’s ill-fated attempt to enter the UK energy from waste (EfW) market played out this month, as the company settled its case over the award of the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) waste disposal contract. Now it only remains for the company to find a buyer or a partner for its UK EfW business.

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October 25th, 2013

Cycle of exclusion: a multi-modal muddle

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by Hattie Parke

 

Living in Bristol, you might think that the transport system has never been friendlier to cyclists. Arriving at Temple Meads railway station you are welcomed by row upon row of cycle racks. Admittedly they are a little rusty, but they’re under cover and right outside the British Transport Police Office, so it feels like a safe place to leave your bike when you jump on the train. There’s also a shiny new Brompton dock, so you can hire a folding bike to get about the city when you arrive at the station.

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October 11th, 2013

Planning petition: waste infrastructure and the Aarhus Convention

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by Jane Green

 

I had never heard of the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions until recently. Yet this little-known arm of the Parliament, by agreeing to examine whether the way that waste infrastructure planning decisions are made in the UK is compliant with the Aarhus convention, may be starting off a process that has some profound implications, both for the planning process and for waste management.

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