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 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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January 8th, 2016

Much wrong with Littlejohn

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by Peter Jones

 

The latest Daily Mail journalist to take a pop at the issue of how waste is managed in the UK was the unlikely figure of Richard Littlejohn – the vituperative columnist described by John Crace as “the stupid person’s Jeremy Clarkson”. His article is a blunderbuss assault on local authorities, whose bin collections he says have become “a perversion of public service where dustmen are the masters and we are the servants“. So zealous were his comments that the piece immediately spawned a rather brilliant Daily Mash parody.

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December 30th, 2015

The international Tidyman of mystery

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by Peter Jones

 

Everyone knows the Tidyman – he’s one of the most printed images in history, having appeared on all kinds of packaging all around the world for over half a century.

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November 20th, 2015

Separate biowaste collections: a TEEP learning curve?

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by Peter Jones

 

Details are starting to emerge of the forthcoming European Commission Circular Economy package proposal, now expected early in the New Year. If the leaks are accurate, and the package is translated into a directive in something like its current form, there will be a great deal of thinking to do – first for officials at Defra, and then for anyone involved in collecting waste that contains biowaste.

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