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

No spitting sign

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?

Seaside garden

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?

Oscars Replicas

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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May 31st, 2013

Where there isn’t a will

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by Dominic Hogg

 

It barely seems credible today to recall that in the late 1990s and early noughties there were people making policy – in what is now Defra, and the Environment Agency – who sincerely believed that it was incredibly challenging to meet a recycling target for household waste of 25%.

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May 10th, 2013

Having his cake and eating it

Pickles Cake

by the Administrator

 

Sunday 12th May 2013 marks the third anniversary of Eric Pickles’ appointment to the role of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

His time in office has been characterised by an indefatigable dedication to pursuing his own distinctive path through the minefield of local authority waste collection and Mr Pickles has certainly been effective in turning his views into often media friendly policies: his championing of waste reward schemes; his distaste for councils penalising people who don’t comply with the rules on household waste; or his championing of weekly refuse collection through the (rather less than successful) Weekly Collection Support Scheme.

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February 27th, 2013

DCLG’s weak collection fund

Canute rebukes his courtiers

by James Fulford

 

It’s possible that Eric Pickles expected the Weekly Collection Support Scheme to provide a permanent boost to his popularity. After years in which local government had cut the frequency of rubbish collection, much to the chagrin of the Daily Mail, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government must have imagined that he would be seen to be acting decisively to put things right.

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