February 9th, 2018

Measure for measure

by Rob Gillies and Eric Bridgwater   The UK Government has been hinting that, in a post-Brexit future, the UK might move away from weight-based recycling rates as the key measure of waste management environmental performance. So what alternatives are there, and why might they be preferable?   Weight and see The most common criticism […]


December 18th, 2017

Are some countries cheating on their recycling rate?

Global Recycling Map

by Rob Gillies and Peter Jones   Eunomia recently published the second issue of ‘Recycling – Who Really Leads the World?’, a study that tries to compare on an equal footing the countries that claim the highest recycling rates in the world. It explains why comparing reported recycling rates at face-value is potentially misleading; and […]


July 1st, 2014

Manifesto destiny: waste policy in the 2015 election

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by Rob Gillies   A few weeks ago I was asked by MRW if I would provide some comments on what waste-related policies we might expect to see in the manifestos of the major political parties as we move towards the 2015 general election. This is what I wrote: “Through a deep recession and slow recovery, […]


April 27th, 2012

Do votes grow on trees?

Mayor of London

by  Rob Gillies   The biggest job in UK local government is up for grabs on May 3rd, as voters hit the polls for the London Mayoral election. Whilst it may not quite match the razzmatazz of the US democratic process, it has thrown up one or two highlights. You may have seen Peter Jones’s […]


November 10th, 2011

Whatever happened to Joint Waste Authorities?

Eunomia staff 2011

by Rob Gillies   In February 2009 the Joint Waste Authorities (Proposals) Regulations came into force in England, paving the way for the creation of new statutory Joint Waste Authorities (JWAs), separate legal entities combining the functions of existing collection and disposal authorities. Fast-forward to November 2011 and how many JWAs have been formed? The […]


November 4th, 2011

That’s handy! An interactive recycling map

Eunomia staff 2011

by Rob Gillies   The Guardian’s data blogs are a fantastic resource for all sorts of interesting information. Today I found something that every waste professional should have access to – an interactive map of recycling rates amongst all English local authorities. So I thought I should share it. Presenting data in this sort of […]