February 27th, 2012

Anyone for TEEP?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward


Defra and the Welsh Government got themselves into a legal mess with their first attempt at transposing the revised Waste Framework Directive. Their insistence that a commingled collection of recyclables was a form of “separate collection” as required by the Directive was successfully challenged by the Campaign for Real Recycling.

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February 24th, 2012

The Republican anti-environment consensus

Rick Santorum Iowa State Fair 2011

by Peter Jones


Rick Santorum’s improbable remarks in Ohio about President Obama’s commitment to a “phoney theology” of environmentalism have been making headlines – but how far apart are the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination on environmental issues? Which way should an environmentally-minded registered GOP voter turn?

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February 17th, 2012

Costa del packaging

by Debbie Fletcher


It’s all very well being able to model from afar the benefits that might be derived from a deposit refund system (DRS) – but it wasn’t until I arrived in Ibiza for a meeting with the Spanish recycling organisation, Retorna, that the potential success and benefits of such a producer responsibility system really sunk in.

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February 15th, 2012

Clash of the hierarchies

Eric Pickles, October 2009 1 cropped

by Chris Sherrington and Peter Jones


The long awaited details of DCLG’s £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme were announced last week in the form of a prospectus for local authority applicants. For all the undoubted effort that has gone into trying to reconcile respect for the waste hierarchy with Eric Pickles’ vision of every Briton living unmenaced by 8-day old chicken tikka masala, the end result would appear to be a bit half-baked.

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February 13th, 2012

Would you credit it?

Sam Taylor

by Sam Taylor


One of the less obvious impacts associated with the economic troubles in Europe has been a collapse in the price of carbon allowances under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

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