June 13th, 2014

Football’s footprint: waste at the World Cup

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by Peter Jones

 

It’s possible that you’ve heard that there’s a bit of a football tournament taking place in Brazil. The hosts kicked off proceedings with a 3-1 win against Croatia last night. Any major sports event that brings tens of thousands of people from around the world together to watch a highly charged event in hot temperatures means the consumption of a large amount of pre-packaged food and drink. By now the soft drink cans and fast food wrappers (no alcohol allowed inside the stadium!) will have been swept up from São Paolo’s Corinthians stadium: but how much will be recycled?

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May 22nd, 2014

Should the waste sector vote UKIP?

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by Peter Jones

 

I wonder how much of the waste sector has read up on UKIP’s policies. UKIP’s rapid growth looks set to give it far greater representation in local government than ever before and its councillors will have correspondingly greater influence. So, what could this mean for waste?

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April 25th, 2014

It pays to think about trade waste

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by Peter Jones

 

What’s top of most local authorities’ priority lists at the moment? The cumulative effects of successive cuts to central government funding are bound to put budgetary concerns right up there. So why do so few councils closely scrutinise the budgetary performance of their commercial waste service?

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March 18th, 2014

Sorting the Mail

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by Peter Jones

 

Today the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has published a brief report on the last of the complaints I raised about the Daily Mail’s negative coverage of recycling issues, and I thought I should give Isonomia readers an update.

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February 17th, 2014

Fools rush in where angels fear to dredge

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by Peter Jones

 

The flooding that has struck the UK in recent weeks has brought misery and loss to households and travellers in several parts of the UK. In the resulting atmosphere of near-national emergency, our politicians have produced their own deluge of regrettable remarks. Enraged Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger’s comment that he would “stick [Environment Agency chief Lord Smith’s] head down the loo and flush” in order to get his message across takes some beating, However, Nigel Farage’s call for the foreign aid budget to be deployed in Somerset was so daft that even Eric Pickles called it an “easy” and “populist” hit. Of course, the man who published the “bin bible” earlier this year knows whereof he speaks….

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December 19th, 2013

Let’s talk turkey

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by Peter Jones

 

For most Isonomia readers, Christmas will be a time of plenty – even of excess. Too much food, perhaps too much to drink – and maybe a little too much of certain relatives who outstay their welcome. It’s a time that brings people together – but it also puts in stark relief the divisions within society.

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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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