August 14th, 2015

Incongruent triangles: do we need a new resource hierarchy?


by Ad Lansink


While the production and distribution of consumer goods takes place within a global market, EU member states nevertheless play a major role in defining waste and resource management. Therefore, developing integral, realistic policy remains an essential task, especially for the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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August 7th, 2015

Crash and burn: what overcapacity means for UK EfW


by Chris Cullen and Adam Baddeley


Many people in the waste sector have spent their careers managing seemingly ever-increasing quantities of residual waste. Efforts over the last fifteen years have focused on diverting it away from landfill. For those grappling with this problem, it can be difficult to believe that we’re rapidly approaching a point where we’ll be worrying about a lack of residual waste to feed the treatment facilities we’ve built to achieve this goal.

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July 31st, 2015

Fantasy football – how green could the beautiful game be?


by Martine Kurth


On Sunday the new football season kicks off, and my husband and I will be tuning in for the traditional curtain raiser, the Community Shield. But while Matthias will be focused on whether his beloved Arsenal can get one over on Chelsea, it won’t just be the goals that are at the forefront of my mind.

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July 24th, 2015

Exchequered past: George Osborne and green taxes


by Dominic Hogg


George Osborne’s July Budget was widely seen as his first opportunity to fully reflect the perspective of the Conservative Party in fiscal policy. The trailers to his speech made it quite clear that the Chancellor would break with the coalition’s approach on environmental taxation. So did the July Budget represent a disastrous departure from green taxation?

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July 22nd, 2015

Broken windows and litter: tidying up INCPEN’s arguments


by Chris Sherrington


The Industry Council on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) is putting a lot of effort into communicating the idea that a deposit refund system (DRS) on beverage containers would be ineffective in addressing litter. This line has formed a major part of INCPEN’s response to my recent article highlighting how they cherry-picked litter data for a press release, which has been widely discussed on Twitter. INCPEN’s argument, encapsulated in a tweet, is that:

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July 17th, 2015

High time for an update

The Typing Pool

by the Admin Team


Harold Wilson is credited with coining the phrase “A week is a long time in politics”. In that case, the three months since we last provided you with an update on what’s happening on Isonomia must count as an age – especially given the amount of politics that has passed under the bridge in the meantime.

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July 17th, 2015

Why don’t we implement the waste hierarchy?


by Dominic Hogg


Eunomia has been tracking capacity in both residual waste treatment facilities and at anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities in recent years. The lesson of the former is that we may be moving to a situation where we have more capacity than we need by the latter part of the decade. There have been a number of reports indicating the growth in this capacity. They don’t always come out with the same figures, and one of the reasons for this is that they posit different levels of recycling in future. In residual waste, we are dealing with material which it would be reasonable to assume will be diminishing over time if waste and resource management policy is successful.

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