November 20th, 2015

Separate biowaste collections: a TEEP learning curve?


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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October 31st, 2014

Is separate food waste collection expensive?

Caddy stack

by Peter Jones


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report on Waste management in England has been big news in waste this month, and by virtue of being a bit of a mixed bag most commentators have been able to find in it something to praise. The Committee had the unenviable job of trying to sift conflicting evidence from numerous interested parties, and perhaps it was inevitable that some of their recommendations would be in tension.

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December 19th, 2013

Let’s talk turkey


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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