June 26th, 2015

Can market forces alone create a circular economy?

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by Thomas Vergunst

 

In recent years the circular economy has emerged as something of a new Holy Grail for the resource sector. The European Commission has joined the quest and we currently await its revised circular economy package. In the literature, one frequently comes across the argument that a transition to a circular economy will be inevitable as businesses respond to rising commodity prices and increased price volatility, driven by rising demand coupled with resource scarcity. This, it is claimed, will start to make the business case for the circular economy increasingly self-evident.

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June 19th, 2015

Is the LGA right about EfW overcapacity?

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by Adam Baddeley and Peter Jones

 

Eunomia has been publicly warning for four years now that the UK’s “dash for trash” will leave us – like Sweden, the Netherlands and some of our other Northern European neighbours – with more residual waste infrastructure than we really need.

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June 5th, 2015

A tale of tree cities

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by Ayesha Bapasola

 

What single measure has a positive impact on soil erosion, biodiversity loss, health and community spirit? The Urban Orchard Project (UOP) claims that all this and more can be achieved through their community-centred model of promoting sustainable green infrastructure, often in the midst of the hubbub of metropolitan life.

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May 15th, 2015

The exercise of power: how to cut waste crime at landfills

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by Roy Hunt

 

I have been dealing with the Environment Agency for four years now, trying to bring about better regulation of a non-hazardous landfill in East Yorkshire. I have reported numerous concerns about the way the site was being operated, but despite twists and turns, virtually nothing was done for the first three years.

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March 27th, 2015

Stemming the tide of plastic bags

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By Sarah Baulch

 

True horror lies not in crumbling Gothic graveyards or the trappings of midnight movies but in the disturbing implications of mundane things. Having spent years researching the impacts of marine debris and long hours looking at pictures of creatures with plastic clogging their stomachs, now when I stand in a supermarket queue and see an endless tide of plastic bags flow from the checkouts to the world beyond all I can think about is where those bags are going to end up.

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March 20th, 2015

Talking GIB-berish

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by Dominic Hogg

 

We’ve now had more than two years of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), enough time to take a view on how green its intervention in the waste sector has been. It won’t be a surprise to hear that the answer is “not very”, but much more interesting to ask why.

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March 6th, 2015

Water quality: a fishy business

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by Thomas Appleby

 

It is easy to assume that it was public pressure which forced the Victorians in the UK to clean up the UK’s over-polluted 19th century waterways. But while that was partly true it is not the whole story.

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