June 9th, 2017

A triumph of optimisation: re-routing Islington’s waste collections

by Matthew Homer   As the dust settles on the introduction of new recycling and waste collection days for 54,000 houses in the London Borough of Islington, I’d like to share with you some key lessons learnt, especially for anyone doing the same thing elsewhere and for those helping us to run our services better […]

October 8th, 2013

Nobody does it better: three sectors’ roles in waste minimisation

Paper bin

by Duncan Wilson   When it comes to waste minimisation and moving material up the waste hierarchy you will find partisan advocates for the roles of the public, private and third sectors. Each will tell you the reasons why their sector’s approach is the best.   A scrap over waste The private sector will extol […]

March 4th, 2013

Incinerators in the dragons’ den

Sheffield Incinerator

by Mike Brown   Sometimes it takes a really clear expression of the fundamentals of a point of view to help you see what’s wrong with it. A couple of weekends ago, BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions came to the Gloucester Guildhall. One of the hot local topics is the county council’s incinerator plan, and […]

October 2nd, 2012

Bin Girl in or contract out?

Bins being off loaded

by Amy Slack   If you become known as ‘Bin Girl’, then generally there’s a very good reason for it. In my case I’m glad to say it wasn’t due to spending a lot of time rummaging through people’s rubbish. It might seem an unfortunate label, but after six months managing the distribution of new […]

April 17th, 2012

What goes around…

by Wayne Hubbard   The concept of a revolving loan fund may not be revolutionary – as long ago as the 1950s the UK government had such a scheme in place to help farmers afford new infrastructure. But it is new to waste management in London, and I believe that it has the potential to […]

March 5th, 2012

Pickles’ free lunch

All you can eat

by James Fulford   Eric Pickles’ Weekly Collection Support Scheme reminds me for some reason of an under-stocked all-you-can-eat buffet. Local authorities that commit to collect refuse weekly for the next five years will be invited to fill their boots, whilst those with fortnightly refuse collection wishing to provide a weekly food waste service, will […]

January 27th, 2012

Waste management in the desert

James Fulford Director

by James Fulford   I spent last weekend in Abu Dhabi – not catching a bit of winter sun, unfortunately, but cocooned inside an air-conditioned modern hotel. I was there to present to Middle Eastern private sector waste professionals, interested to gain a European perspective on the likely future for the industry in their part […]