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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February 21st, 2014

Incentives and sensibility

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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?

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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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November 15th, 2013

Waste prevention: an article of faith?

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by Chris Sherrington

 

A friend of mine was walking in the countryside with his children when they came across an interesting array of characters. Dotted around a hillside, facing out to sea, with their hands held chest high and palms facing out, they seemed to be conducting some sort of prayer ritual. When they’d finished, they were happy to chat about what they’d been doing.

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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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