August 28th, 2015

Waste hierarchy compliance: a tick box exercise?

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by Sam Taylor and Peter Jones

 

The waste hierarchy is one of the fundamental elements of the European waste management policy. Enshrined in the Waste Framework Directive, and transposed into UK law in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (‘the 2011 Regulations’), applying the waste hierarchy is a legal duty on all producers of waste. But with little threat of enforcement of this obligation, many businesses in the UK seem unmotivated to act and compliance appears to be literally no more than a tick box exercise.

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November 19th, 2013

Print preview: what does 3D printing mean for waste?

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by Sam Taylor

 

As a keen observer of the latest high tech trends and fads, the rapid deployment of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is more commonly known, is one of the most exciting developments since the appearance of the smart phone. This is technology with some serious potential to change how and where goods are manufactured, transforming supply chains. The New Scientist has gone so far as to herald the technology as ushering in a second industrial revolution. But is anyone thinking about how what this new development means for the waste sector?

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February 13th, 2012

Would you credit it?

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by Sam Taylor

 

One of the less obvious impacts associated with the economic troubles in Europe has been a collapse in the price of carbon allowances under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

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November 21st, 2011

No more hot air; just more wind and gas

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by Adam Baddeley, Sam Taylor and Chris Cullen

 

Secure, clean and affordable – it is hard to argue with the policy objectives for UK electricity supply in July’s White Paper on Electricity Market Reform (EMR). But much remains to be debated – first and foremost whether any achievable mix of generation can meet all three objectives.

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