June 2nd, 2017

Myth takes: it’s greener to incinerate paper than recycle it

by Peter Jones   When people want to argue that this whole recycling lark has gone a bit too far, they often regurgitate a peculiar factoid: that, on a careful analysis of the pros and cons, incinerating waste paper and card to generate energy has greater environmental benefits than recycling it. However, it’s time that […]


November 4th, 2016

What’s worse than landfill?

by Mike Brown   For the best part of twenty years, the message for waste managers has been clear. Landfill is bad. Do everything you can to get waste out of landfill. Over that time, it has been a pretty decent rule of thumb, if one that has its limits. However, I suspect that policy […]


August 7th, 2015

Crash and burn: what overcapacity means for UK EfW

by Chris Cullen and Adam Baddeley   Many people in the waste sector have spent their careers managing seemingly ever-increasing quantities of residual waste. Efforts over the last fifteen years have focused on diverting it away from landfill. For those grappling with this problem, it can be difficult to believe that we’re rapidly approaching a […]


March 20th, 2015

Talking GIB-berish

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. Back […]


December 5th, 2014

Is waste a source of renewable energy?

by Mike Brown   Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as Viridor, SITA, of councils from […]


November 14th, 2014

Ask Ad: climbing Lansink’s Ladder

by Ad Lansink and Steve Watson   It was a little under a year ago that Isonomia ran an article on the life and work of Dutch former politician and father of the waste hierarchy, Ad Lansink. It turned out to be one of our most read pieces, and happily also came to Ad’s attention. Since […]


October 24th, 2014

Pole position: the state of waste management in Poland

by Bernadeta Gottel   According to a Copenhagen Resource Institute (CRI) study Municipal Waste Management in Poland (2013), the combined Polish recycling rate for dry recyclables and organic waste has increased from 5% in 2004 to 21% in 2010. Another source provides similar, corroborating statistics, putting the dry recycling rate in Poland at 14% and […]