March 16th, 2018

Cairo practice: the changing role of the informal sector in waste

by Bernadette Simpson

 

Egypt is the country with the 7th most mismanaged plastic waste, according to a report published in Science magazine. The report was based on data collected in 2010 and one must wonder whether the findings would have been different if the capital’s informal waste collectors, the ‘zabbaleen’, had been allowed to continue their work unhindered.

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March 9th, 2018

Setting the record straight: is streaming greener than vinyl?

by Duncan Oswald and Steve Watson

 

In 2017, UK sales of new vinyl records were up by 26.8% on 2016, with 4.1 million LPs purchased. While the vinyl resurgence has been welcomed by music loving discophiles wary of the digitalisation of culture (like Steve), it is a source of worry for resource efficiency-minded environmentalists (like Duncan).

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March 2nd, 2018

Packet loss: litter and packaging in the Philippines

by Amy Slack

 

It’s been two months since I stepped back into Bristolian life after spending five months working with Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP), trying to find local solutions to the global issue of marine plastics. Being at the coal face of an issue that has been the focus of a significant amount of attention recently makes you acutely aware of the enormous scale of the challenge – but also of the real scope for action to address it.

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February 23rd, 2018

Avoidable confusion: the unwelcome return of TEEP

by Bethany Ledingham

 

The government’s long-awaited 25 year environment plan (25YEP) received a pretty lukewarm response when it was published in January: good as far as it went, but short on ambition, detail and money. Michael Gove may have outdone his predecessors by actually getting the 25YEP published, but it doesn’t seem that he managed to inject much new life into a document that Theresa May is said to have once ordered to be as boring as possible.

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February 16th, 2018

Institutional failure? Environmental health and monthly bin collections

by Peter Jones

 

Last week, the Daily Express ran a story warning of the dire consequences of the planned introduction of monthly residual waste collections in Conwy, North Wales. Reducing collection frequencies would lead to a variety of ills such as swarms of rats and flies, unpleasant odours and a surge in fly-tipping, the paper claimed.

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February 9th, 2018

Measure for measure

by Rob Gillies and Eric Bridgwater

 

The UK Government has been hinting that, in a post-Brexit future, the UK might move away from weight-based recycling rates as the key measure of waste management environmental performance. So what alternatives are there, and why might they be preferable?

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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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