April 12th, 2013

The Daily Mail’s recycling “con” con

Daily Mail clock, closeup

by Peter Jones   The Daily Mail ran an extraordinary story on its front page on 6th April, claiming that 12m tons (sic.) of material collected as household recycling is in fact being landfilled overseas. The article also reports that official statistics showing a recycling rate of 43% of household waste are overstated because “in […]

March 18th, 2014

Sorting the Mail


by Peter Jones   Today the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has published a brief report on the last of the complaints I raised about the Daily Mail’s negative coverage of recycling issues, and I thought I should give Isonomia readers an update. When I first encountered the Mail’s recycling stories, I didn’t think of making […]

August 20th, 2013

The Mail’s de Mauley mistake

Kerbside Sort in Newport

by Peter Jones   What is it about the Daily Mail and stories about recycling? Back in April, I took apart a story they ran on the front page of the newspaper, versions of which claimed that 12m tonnes of household recycling ends up in Chinese landfill sites each year – when a little basic […]

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 […]

December 1st, 2017

Myth takes: the bin police

by Peter Jones   Are local authorities unjustifiably snooping on householders’ bins? Are they carrying out CCTV surveillance of people’s compliance with local bin rules? And are they looking to impose fines of thousands of pounds on people who break them? Anyone exposed to certain sections of the media would be likely to come away […]

July 7th, 2017

Wheels of fortune: the story of the wheeled bin

by Steve Watson   For a relative newcomer to our streets and homes, the wheeled bin has come to occupy an important place in both British civic and cultural life. They have  helped change how waste is managed, and – whether as the subject of the Daily Mail‘s ire or being ridden down a dale […]

September 23rd, 2016

Myth takes – “It all just gets sent to China”

by Peter Jones   There seems to be a lurking suspicion out there that most of the UK’s recycling gets sent to China. People complain that this is a farcical state of affairs which negates the value of recycling. Some seem to think that, once recycling gets to China, it’s more likely to be buried […]