December 19th, 2013

Let’s talk turkey

WhiteTurkeyBirdFace

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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September 27th, 2013

Fit for pigs?

Pig and carrot

by Edd Colbert

 

Pigs are perhaps the original solution to the problem of food waste, but one that current farming practice and legislation has put out to graze. It is likely that their voracious appetite for our leftovers and offcuts was the reason why humans first domesticated pigs, and for centuries they helped to make sure that little went to waste. In the last hundred years, cheap grain reduced pigs’ role as waste disposers, but it was the foot and mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001 that led to swill kicking the bucket.

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May 13th, 2013

Put your money where the mouths are

FoodCycle Collection

by Hattie Parke

 

On Saturday evenings I cycle to my local Sainsbury’s, trailer in tow, and collect a stack of ‘Taste the Difference’  loaves, bagels, croissants, pastries and other baked goods that happen not to have sold that day and would otherwise end up in bin bags and never be eaten. This stuff isn’t ‘off’ – it’s been baked fresh that morning, but anything that’s unsold by evening is removed to be replaced with fresh goods the next day.

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February 7th, 2013

“No can do” isn’t good enough

Waste Paper Bin

by Dominic Hogg

 

I had a bit of a shock the other day. I saw an aluminium can in one of our residual waste bins. You might think I’m being a little melodramatic, but in my view, that type of behaviour is not acceptable in a company of which I am the Chairman. It triggered an e-mail to fellow staff at Eunomia to highlight the fact that I was expecting rather more of them than this.

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December 31st, 2012

What kind of waster are you?

Christmas Dinner in Scotland

by Peter Jones

 

Did you enjoy yourself this Christmas? I hope so – but isn’t it strange what enjoying ourselves means? For many of us, enjoying Christmas is all about consumption and excess. We buy and receive generous – even extravagant – gifts. We eat and drink far more than normal. We battle traffic, weather and hordes of other festive travellers, undertaking long journeys to see relations who we may not have visited for months. While we nurse our hangovers, overdrafts and carbon footprints, perhaps it is a good time to reflect on waste, excess and the possibility of doing something about it.

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September 21st, 2012

Is my grocer greener than my government?

Carrots

by Carolyn Cross

 

As I meander through the veg aisles of my local supermarket, Matthew the British apple farmer beams down, Chairman Mau-style, from giant posters. He looks like a nice guy, and while the supermarket may be getting a lot of mileage out of him, it does mean fewer nasty air freight and truck miles. In turn that means fresher, healthier produce, reduced carbon emissions, and more of the economic benefits staying close to home; so buying Matthew’s apples is good for us, good for UK plc and no doubt good for Matthew too.

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September 6th, 2012

Reshuffling the waste hierarchy

Owen Paterson

by Phillip Ward

 

It will no doubt take Owen Paterson a few days to uncover all the issues Caroline Spelman left in his in-tray.

One which has dipped under the radar is the promised revised guidance on applying the waste hierarchy.  Whilst it has been around for a long time, the hierarchy assumes greater significance now that the revised Waste Framework Directive gives its prioritisation of methods of waste treatment a statutory basis. Last year it was enshrined in England and Wales regulations that are now in force. Anyone creating or handling waste is already obliged to follow the hierarchy (Prevention, Preparing for Reuse, Recycling, Recovery or Disposal) and penalties can be imposed if they fail to do so. However, the guidance is a critical tool to enable the hierarchy to be applied in practice.

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