April 17th, 2015

Twisting in the wind

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by Laurence Elliott

 

As the May election draws nearer, the UK wind industry waits to see what effect the new government will have on the development of onshore wind. Back in December 2014, David Cameron told the Commons Liaison Committee of senior MPs that the Conservatives would not subsidise any new onshore turbines if they were to win the general election, claiming that the public are “frankly fed up with so many wind farms being built that won’t be necessary”.

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February 20th, 2015

Pickles, politics and power

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by Peter Jones

 

“If you want to get anywhere in politics, you’ve got to be good at pushing on open doors. If you can’t resist pushing on closed ones, then you ought to have chosen another job.” That rather bleak assessment of the extent of ministerial power comes from C.P. Snow’s novel Corridors of Power, in which the lead characters try (and fail) to tip the balance against 1950s Britain seeking an independent nuclear deterrent.

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October 21st, 2014

Risk and reward: is it worth bidding for DCLG’s Recycling Reward Scheme?

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by Clare Pitts-Tucker

 

Eric Pickles is making something of a habit of conjuring up pots of money to promote his pet policy proposals. Undeterred by the experience of the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme (WCSS), which proved quite an expensive way to persuade one authority to revert to weekly collections, he has now established a £5m Recycling Reward Scheme (RRS) fund that gives councils the chance to bid for resources to set up local recycling incentive schemes.

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February 21st, 2014

Incentives and sensibility

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by James Fulford and  Clare Pitts-Tucker

 

This week Eunomia, working in partnership with Serco, launched a new report investigating the impact of recycling incentive schemes. While giving some thought to Pay As You Throw (PAYT) and Deposit Refund Schemes (DRS) – types of incentive scheme widely used elsewhere in the world – we focussed on the benefits of offering incentives, or ‘rewards’, to residents for kerbside recycling.

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August 9th, 2013

Spitting image – Pickles’ month in the media

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by Peter Jones

 

You’ve got to hand it to Eric Pickles – he certainly keeps busy, even during the traditionally quiet summer recess. During July he made national news for his advocacy of allowing shoppers to park briefly on double yellow lines without risk of a fine, as a measure to revive town centres – a stance that seems to have earned him an invitation to appear on Top Gear. At the same time, his name has appeared in the waste trade press more frequently than most people’s bins are collected, lending his support to a number of new policy initiatives.

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July 19th, 2013

Crazy paving?

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by Chris Sherrington

 

It’s tidy and hard-wearing. You can park your car on it, getting it off the side of the road, and it doesn’t need watering or mowing. What’s not to like about block paving your front garden, if you’re lucky enough to have one?

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June 28th, 2013

What works?

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by Phillip Ward

 

I’m looking forward to the National Recycling Awards on 3rd July for which I am one of the judges. It’s always a lively evening and a great networking event. They even gave me an award once.

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