May 22nd, 2014

Should the waste sector vote UKIP?

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by Peter Jones

 

I wonder how much of the waste sector has read up on UKIP’s policies. UKIP’s rapid growth looks set to give it far greater representation in local government than ever before and its councillors will have correspondingly greater influence. So, what could this mean for waste?

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March 26th, 2014

Defra’s ex WRATE-ed guide

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by Ann Ballinger

 

Incineration might be worse than landfill. Although not an unfamiliar conclusion for us at Eunomia – we suggested as much in a report written for Friends of the Earth eight years ago – it’s rather more surprising to hear Defra echoing it in a recent publication. Hitherto the department seems to have regarded the environmental benefits as incontrovertible.

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January 31st, 2014

Goodbye, England’s rise: why have household recycling rates stalled?

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by Roy Hathaway

 

One of the biggest questions facing UK waste policy makers and commentators is: why have recycling rates in England levelled off?

Until recently it was assumed – not least by Government – that the steady increase in UK recycling which marked the last decade would continue indefinitely, thanks mainly to the landfill tax escalator.

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January 21st, 2014

Preferential treatment: choosing between recycling and incineration

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by Ad Lansink

 

Which poses the greatest threat to our future: climate change resulting in global warming due to CO2 emissions; or a shortage of resources resulting in possible economic instability, as the demands of an ever-increasing global population outstrip diminishing primary supply?

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November 1st, 2013

Burning bridges: what does Covanta’s departure mean?

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by Peter Jones

 

The last act of Covanta’s ill-fated attempt to enter the UK energy from waste (EfW) market played out this month, as the company settled its case over the award of the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) waste disposal contract. Now it only remains for the company to find a buyer or a partner for its UK EfW business.

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October 11th, 2013

Planning petition: waste infrastructure and the Aarhus Convention

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by Jane Green

 

I had never heard of the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions until recently. Yet this little-known arm of the Parliament, by agreeing to examine whether the way that waste infrastructure planning decisions are made in the UK is compliant with the Aarhus convention, may be starting off a process that has some profound implications, both for the planning process and for waste management.

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September 6th, 2013

Incineration on a low-calorie diet

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by Paul Dumble

 

What do you think the municipal solid waste of the future is going to be like? Recycling rates may have seen a downward blip last quarter, but if we’re to meet our targets you can rest assured they’ll resume their upward trend. That means less paper, card and plastic in the residual mix, and more organic material being separately collected for composting and anaerobic digestion. This entirely foreseeable trend has really profound implications for the waste to energy industry that we seem not to be taking account of – but which I believe will be soluble with the right technology.

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