February 2nd, 2018

Street smart: how can councils better tackle litter?

by Neil Greenhalgh


Walk down any street in Britain and you are likely to find litter: from crisp packets and drinks cans to fag-ends and chewing gum. I am still astonished by the audacity of people who clearly think unwanted confectionery and fast food packaging belong in a gutter or on a pavement. Allowing one’s dog to foul public spaces is another enviro-crime that too many people evidently find acceptable.

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January 26th, 2018

Fly-tipping in the face of the evidence

by Peter Jones


The number of fly-tipping incidents recorded by councils in England has gone up every year since 2012/13.  In 2016/17, the total number of fly-tips exceeded a million for the first time since 2008/09. Around two-thirds of incidents are classed as involving household waste; the number of such cases has increased by around 41% since 2012/13 so it’s natural to ask what changes might underlie this dramatic rise.

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January 19th, 2018

Marking time: England’s 2016-17 recycling statistics

by Peter Jones, Emma Fletcher and Jade Kelly


Last month’s release of the latest local authority recycling statistics for England was an event that stirred little excitement. A small uptick in the household recycling rate was enough to equal the previous high water mark of 43.7%, but represented a sixth successive year of plateauing performance – hardly deserving of high marks when other parts of the UK are advancing so much faster.

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January 12th, 2018

Too much wind power?

by Duncan Oswald


Before being welcomed into the magical world of Eunomia, I spent many happy years designing and installing wind turbine and on-site energy management systems in some of the most remote, beautiful (and hostile) environments in the UK.

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January 5th, 2018

The uncalculated benefits of pollution control

by Phil Sheppard


Did you know that, while the effects of chemical pollution on human health are poorly defined, its contribution to the global burden of disease is almost certainly underestimated?

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December 22nd, 2017

A glitterature review…

by Caroline Campbell


At this time of year, it seems that glitter is almost everywhere. It gives a festive glint to Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift bags. Decorations, wreathes and even Christmas trees are dusted with it. And Christmas revellers may adorn themselves with glittery make-up, nail varnish, and festive accessories.

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December 18th, 2017

Are some countries cheating on their recycling rate?

Global Recycling Map

by Rob Gillies and Peter Jones


Eunomia recently published the second issue of ‘Recycling – Who Really Leads the World?’, a study that tries to compare on an equal footing the countries that claim the highest recycling rates in the world. It explains why comparing reported recycling rates at face-value is potentially misleading; and by producing more comparable figures, shines a light on those countries that are setting a positive example for others to follow.

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