October 24th, 2014

Pole position: the state of waste management in Poland

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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 the composting rate at 7%. The latest Eurostat data (for 2011) shows that the upward trend continuing, with the total recycled and composted reaching 28%. That is rapid rate of improvement, but leaves Poland well below the latest EU-27 average of 40% (25% recycled and 15% composted) – so what prospect is there of Poland reaching the EU’s mandatory 50% target by 2020?

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September 5th, 2014

Rethinking recycling as reuse

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by Ad Lansink

 

Eurostat recently published 2012 figures on the treatment of municipal waste across the EU28. Although there is variability in the quality of the underlying data and in the approach to compiling and reporting the figures, the headline numbers still make for interesting reading. The published data shows that the share of municipal waste recycled or composted has risen significantly – from 18% in 1995 to 42% in 2012. Breaking that figure down, however, one can see that only 27% was recycled and 15% composted, while 34% was landfilled and 24% incinerated.

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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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