May 16th, 2014

Litter-picking: why bother?

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by Erica Rose

 

One day last May, a bag of litter caused me to have a life-changing revelation. I was on the verge of the A170 in North Yorkshire at the time, 100 metres or so into my first solo litter-pick, the wheelbarrow was almost full and I was just about to turn for home when I spotted the bag in a ditch. It was full of the aftermath of someone’s lunch – cans, sweet wrappers and sandwich-boxes – and as I dragged it out I was angry enough to rant aloud at whoever had dumped it there. The bit that was revelatory (and printable) was when I heard myself saying “What did you think was going to happen to this, Mr Bag-Dumping Moron? Who did you think was going to pick it up? Do you believe in the Crap Fairy or something?!” I stopped. I looked at myself with the bag in my hands. Ah.

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May 9th, 2014

The giant of Africa’s giant waste problem

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by Wale Bakare

 

Solid waste management is the most pressing environmental challenge faced by urban and rural areas of Nigeria, a country with a population exceeding 170 million and one of the largest producers of solid waste in Africa. Despite a host of policies and regulations, solid waste management in the country is assuming alarming proportions with each passing day.

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May 2nd, 2014

Preventing waste: a reuser’s guide

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by Ad Lansink

 

At a Dutch conference on the relationship between Cradle to Cradle design and the waste hierarchy, a young executive once asked me why product reuse finds so little resonance in society. I responded with another question: how many of those present had replaced their mobile phones in the past year? The majority raised their hands.

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May 1st, 2014

The disposable, the renewable and the certifiable

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by the Administrator

 

According to T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, April is the cruellest month; not so for our waste blog! Rather than spending our time breeding lilacs out of the dead land, we’ve instead opted for a spot of springtime horticulture in the fertile Land of Blog. So, if you’ve spent the past month wrapped up in modernist poetry lamenting the moral decline of western civilisation, what have you missed?

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April 25th, 2014

It pays to think about trade waste

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by Peter Jones

 

What’s top of most local authorities’ priority lists at the moment? The cumulative effects of successive cuts to central government funding are bound to put budgetary concerns right up there. So why do so few councils closely scrutinise the budgetary performance of their commercial waste service?

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April 17th, 2014

Let’s make community energy EIS-y

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by Jonathan Johns

 

Nobody could have mistaken Budget 2014 for the greenest budget ever. A few of the disappointments for those interested in promoting green energy were headline news, but others have taken a little time to emerge. For example, in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document published alongside the budget, paragraph 1.59 stated:

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April 11th, 2014

Does the nanny state have a role in changing nappies?

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by Thomas Vergunst

 

Some time ago I wrote an article on the merits of reusable nappies; to my surprise the piece proved to be rather popular on Isonomia and generated a whole string of comments on the site. It also stimulated some animated conversations – one friend challenged me as to:

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