October 27th, 2011

Community rights a trojan horse?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward

 

There is a lot more to the obese Localism Bill than planning.

Take the Community Right to Challenge. This will allow community groups, voluntary bodies or charities to express an interest in taking over all or part of a local service, provided by a local authority or on its behalf.  In respect of waste services, the model might be the successful recycling collections being run by the Cwm Harry Land Trust in Powys – although the powers won’t apply in Wales. Their brand of local “slow recycling” has engaged the local community and raised recycling rates to 74%.

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October 19th, 2011

Waste paper attracts attention

James Fulford Director

by James Fulford

 

It has been really exciting to see the level of response to the report 10 Ways to Cut the Costs of Local Authority Waste Collection I recently led on for Eunomia. It was written to coincide with the RWM/CIWM conference in Birmingham last month, but has picked up a lot more attention than I might have expected when I pulled it together. It feels like we’ve highlighted something of real current interest for local government and the response has been really exciting.

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October 10th, 2011

New UK incinerators double Dutch

Peter Jones

by Peter Jones

 

LetsRecycle published an article recently that left me fuming. It seems to quote approvingly the view that ‘any moves to send material to mainland Europe should be seen as a “short-term recovery fix”, and not a long term solution to diverting waste from landfill’.

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