August 28th, 2015

Waste hierarchy compliance: a tick box exercise?


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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April 25th, 2014

It pays to think about trade waste


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 14th, 2014

Is bad data blocking waste infrastructure investment?

by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen


We’ve been reading SITA’s recent report on waste arisings and infrastructure, which found that by 2025 the UK would have 5.7m tonnes more waste than treatment capacity. It’s a conclusion that we have issues with: we’re authors of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, which has consistently shown that the capacity of the incinerators, MBT plants and other residual treatment plant that we expect to be built in coming years risks exceeding the tonnage of waste which will need to be managed in future. But whilst it’s worth pausing to point out where we think SITA has erred, the report raises a more interesting issue: what is really holding up the infrastructure investment that SITA and others think is so urgently needed?

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November 8th, 2013

Is there really a residual waste capacity gap?


by Dominic Hogg


Veolia’s UK Director, Estelle Brachlianoff took the opportunity of Guy Fawkes night to lob more fuel on the fiery debate over whether the UK is headed for waste infrastructure overcapacity and announced that the firm has commissioned its own study.

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November 1st, 2013

Burning bridges: what does Covanta’s departure mean?


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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September 6th, 2013

Incineration on a low-calorie diet


by Paul Dumble


What do you think the municipal solid waste of the future is going to be like? Recycling rates may have seen a downward blip last quarter, but if we’re to meet our targets you can rest assured they’ll resume their upward trend. That means less paper, card and plastic in the residual mix, and more organic material being separately collected for composting and anaerobic digestion. This entirely foreseeable trend has really profound implications for the waste to energy industry that we seem not to be taking account of – but which I believe will be soluble with the right technology.

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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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