January 26th, 2017

What do Scots toss?

by Chris Sherrington   What are people most likely to litter? This is a surprisingly tricky question to answer, as the data on litter is poor. However, if we want to have effective policies to reduce littering, it’s important to understand the behaviours we need to change, and the scale of the impact they could […]


August 26th, 2016

Myth takes: the great Pacific garbage patch

by Chris Sherrington and Simon Hann   People are increasingly aware of the growing problem of plastic in our oceans. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been told, “You know, there’s a great big island of plastic in the middle of the Pacific”. More often than not, they quickly follow up by […]


February 26th, 2016

Levelling a charge: small business and levies

by Chris Sherrington   One of the most remarkable features of the way in which the carrier bag charge was introduced in England was the Government’s insistence that small retailers be exempted. This was despite repeated requests from the Association of Convenience Stores, the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) and the British Retail Consortium […]


February 5th, 2016

Return to vendor

by Chris Sherrington   Last autumn I spent a very enjoyable time with my family visiting the Black Forest. Ever the environmental consultant, there were two green features of the trip that stuck in my mind. First, there was the public transport. We took the Eurostar to Paris, then a double decker TGV to Strasbourg, […]


January 29th, 2016

Advisory note: packaging industry opposition to producer responsibility

by Chris Sherrington   Earlier this week I skimmed through an old Guardian article about ‘corporate welfare’ – which reported analysis suggesting that taxpayers hand businesses £93bn a year (more than £3,500 per household) in the form of subsidies, direct grants and tax breaks. While I didn’t delve too deeply, the thrust of the argument […]


December 11th, 2015

Neat Streets: making fun of anti-litter interventions?

by Chris Sherrington   Over the past few months an organisation called Hubbub has been carrying out a series of ‘playful’ localised anti-litter interventions in London. Their project, called Neat Streets, was focused on Villiers Street in Westminster, one of the busiest in the capital in terms of footfall. Funding was provided by organisations including […]


July 22nd, 2015

Broken windows and litter: tidying up INCPEN’s arguments

by Chris Sherrington   The Industry Council on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) is putting a lot of effort into communicating the idea that a deposit refund system (DRS) on beverage containers would be ineffective in addressing litter. This line has formed a major part of INCPEN’s response to my recent article highlighting how they […]