June 28th, 2012

Acorns, not oaks

Bin, Scan, Win!

by Peter Jones


I’ve come across two very different eye-catching green ideas in the last couple of weeks, both with the aim of switching young people on to more sustainable living. Their sources couldn’t be more different – two local authorities collaborating to inspire young people to recycle “on the go”, and iconic punk designer Vivienne Westwood promoting sustainable fashion. And while each is doing something exciting and ambitious, I fear that neither is reaching its full potential.

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June 25th, 2012

Planning, investment and white elephants

by James Fulford


Eunomia recently released an update to our six-monthly Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. We maintain a database of non-landfill residual waste facilities – not just those that are currently operational, but also those being built or making their way through the planning system. Twice yearly we publish figures showing current and potential treatment capacity alongside estimates of future waste arisings. This reveals a ‘capacity gap’ between the amount of waste we’re likely to have and the facilities we expect to be in place to treat it – but the findings need careful interpretation.

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June 14th, 2012

It’s not all carnival in Rio

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

by Phillip Ward


My memory may be failing, but I seem to recall that the first UN conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in 1992 – which I was lucky to attend – attracted more popular attention than its follow up conference, Rio+20, which is due to start later this month.

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June 8th, 2012

Trommel at t’mill

Eunomia staff 2011

by Mike Brown


Until a week ago, the term “trommel fines” was rarely heard outside a materials recycling facility (MRF) or a waste transfer station (WTS). But that was before Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued the snappily titled Brief 15/12 – Landfill Tax: material used on a landfill site; and classification of waste.

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June 7th, 2012

Our blog is like a red, red rose…

by the Administrator


…that’s newly sprung in June. And the Admin desk certainly has a bit of a spring in its step after some excellent and well received articles in the month of May, covering as wide a range of topics as ever. The challenge is on to keep up the variety and the high standard through the months ahead.

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