January 8th, 2016

Much wrong with Littlejohn


by Peter Jones


The latest Daily Mail journalist to take a pop at the issue of how waste is managed in the UK was the unlikely figure of Richard Littlejohn – the vituperative columnist described by John Crace as “the stupid person’s Jeremy Clarkson”. His article is a blunderbuss assault on local authorities, whose bin collections he says have become “a perversion of public service where dustmen are the masters and we are the servants“. So zealous were his comments that the piece immediately spawned a rather brilliant Daily Mash parody.

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December 30th, 2015

The international Tidyman of mystery


by Peter Jones


Everyone knows the Tidyman – he’s one of the most printed images in history, having appeared on all kinds of packaging all around the world for over half a century.

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December 23rd, 2015

Noel-ectricity wasted: energy saving at Christmas


by Rob Reid and Laura Williams


As Christmas comes around, you don’t have to be an eco-Grinch to sometimes stop and wonder at the way we go about our celebrations. For those of us involved in the energy sector, it’s almost inescapable. For example, everyone loves to see a sparkling Christmas tree decked with twinkling lights, while decorations in the town centre can really help put you in the festive spirit – but in many streets, the wattage of lights adorning the houses seems to be on a scale suited to ensuring the safe landing of a jumbo jet, never mind Santa’s sleigh.

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December 18th, 2015

Major third: a circular economy needs a new transition


by Ad Lansink


The proposals of the EU circular economy package (CEP) reveal that the waste hierarchy will retain a central place in the transition to a circular economy. The European Commission (EC) writes:

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December 17th, 2015

The Isonomia news cycle


by the Administrator


The world has certainly been turning this autumn. It’s gone through another cycle of climate talks resulting in what some are calling an ambitious international programme to tackle climate change, while others see it as yet another underwhelming failure to take decisive action.

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December 11th, 2015

Neat Streets: making fun of anti-litter interventions?

Villiers Street

by Chris Sherrington


Over the past few months an organisation called Hubbub has been carrying out a series of ‘playful’ localised anti-litter interventions in London. Their project, called Neat Streets, was focused on Villiers Street in Westminster, one of the busiest in the capital in terms of footfall. Funding was provided by organisations including INCPEN (the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment), the Packaging Federation, the Metal Packaging Association, the Packaging and Films Association, Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Coca Cola.

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December 4th, 2015

COP 21: what wood George Perkins Marsh do?


by Sophie Harvey-Franklin


This week, delegates from 195 countries are coming together in Paris to discuss a global approach to tackling climate change. It’s the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (or COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and after the disappointingly scant results of previous meetings, this time there are some more encouraging signs.

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