September 23rd, 2016

Myth takes – “It all just gets sent to China”

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by Peter Jones

 

There seems to be a lurking suspicion out there that most of the UK’s recycling gets sent to China. People complain that this is a farcical state of affairs which negates the value of recycling. Some seem to think that, once recycling gets to China, it’s more likely to be buried or burned than recycled. Do these ideas have little any basis in reality?

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September 9th, 2016

Can we sort out the contamination confusion?

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by Peter Jones and Andy Grant

 

The latest flurry of disparagement around the 2014/15 stats on local authority recycling rejects provides an unfortunate reminder that this is a confusing topic. Indeed, it seems it is easy to misunderstand even if, like the Daily Mail and Daily Express, you’ve had it explained to you at length.

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July 29th, 2016

Ought we to protect the environment?

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by Peter Jones

 

Can we say that we ought to protect the environment? Is there a moral obligation on us to do so? In other words, is environmentalism a branch of ethics?

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May 27th, 2016

Myth takes – “Private bin collections would be cheaper”

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by Peter Jones

 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that, as councils in the UK adopt two, three or even perhaps four weekly residual waste collections, some disgruntled folk start wondering whether they might be able to buy in more frequent collections privately. However, anyone who thinks that “going private” would be cheap, or might be covered by a rebate from Council Tax for those who opted out, would be in for a big surprise.

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May 20th, 2016

Par for the course: Trump on the environment

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by Peter Jones

 

The transformation of Donald Trump from no-hoper to undisputed winner in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination has been as swift as it has been extraordinary. Despite the clear opposition of the power brokers of the Republican Party itself – who were even prepared to unite behind “Washington’s most hated man”, Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch effort to stop him – Trump has prevailed.

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May 6th, 2016

Myth-takes – “You can sort it all with machines”

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by Luke Dale-Harris and Peter Jones

 

Not long ago, The Spectator gave over a page to decry the plight of poor Mrs Ware, the “frail, elderly mother” of the article’s author, Michael. Mrs Ware, he wrote:

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March 11th, 2016

Rejected out of hand? Media stories on contamination and rats

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by Peter Jones

 

Media coverage of recycling hasn’t got off to a great start in 2016. After a short hiatus following my tussle with Richard Littlejohn last year, my complaints activity has unfortunately had to kick into overdrive. For the time being I’ll focus on four stories with which I’ve been able to make some headway so far this year – three papers’ coverage of recycling contamination, and one daft story about rats.

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