September 12th, 2014

Real nappies: absorbing the lessons of incentive schemes

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by Hilary Vick

 

For the past 11 years I have been trying to get more London parents to try reusable nappies. This may be one of the biggest behavioural change challenges there is. Disposables nappies are cheap, convenient and easy to dispose of. You can throw a nappy in a park bin, pop it in the nappy bin at the swimming pool, leave a day’s worth at your baby’s nursery. Reusables are more difficult, right? You have to carry stinky ones home with you and then you have to wash and dry them. So how do you persuade people to use the more difficult, unfamiliar option?

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March 18th, 2014

Sorting the Mail

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by Peter Jones

 

Today the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has published a brief report on the last of the complaints I raised about the Daily Mail’s negative coverage of recycling issues, and I thought I should give Isonomia readers an update.

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February 17th, 2014

Fools rush in where angels fear to dredge

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by Peter Jones

 

The flooding that has struck the UK in recent weeks has brought misery and loss to households and travellers in several parts of the UK. In the resulting atmosphere of near-national emergency, our politicians have produced their own deluge of regrettable remarks. Enraged Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger’s comment that he would “stick [Environment Agency chief Lord Smith’s] head down the loo and flush” in order to get his message across takes some beating, However, Nigel Farage’s call for the foreign aid budget to be deployed in Somerset was so daft that even Eric Pickles called it an “easy” and “populist” hit. Of course, the man who published the “bin bible” earlier this year knows whereof he speaks….

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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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November 12th, 2013

What’s wrong with WRATE

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by Ann Ballinger

 

Developed by contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency (EA), WRATE uses the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology to evaluate the environmental impacts of waste management systems. Whether it’s recycling steel cans or treating residual waste through MBT, WRATE is the officially sanctioned system that will tell you the benefits.

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October 4th, 2013

Arson about?

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by Joe Hudson and James Fulford

 

It seems as though the waste and recycling press has been full of stories about fires at recycling facilities this summer. Some have been big enough even to make national news. Earlier in August, 60 firefighters were called in to battle a blaze involving piles of segregated packaging waste materials in Wolverhampton. The next day, fire struck a site in Birmingham and that engulfed 500 tonnes of paper and plastics destined for recycling. These are not standalone cases: there have been similar inflammatory incidents this summer in Burnley, Leeds and Worksop. A site in Kidderminster has had two large fires in the last year. MRW has researched the issue and mapped 59 recycling fires that took place in 2012, although insurers have indicated that the true number is rather higher.

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June 14th, 2013

Continental drift – how much might UK waste exports grow?

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By Chris Cullen

 

Eunomia’s recently published 4th issue of its ‘Residual Waste Infrastructure Review’ continues to highlight the high (and growing) level of residual waste treatment capacity that is sitting with planning consent. If constructed, this will greatly exceed the amount of residual waste the UK produces and will hamper efforts to increase recycling and reuse.

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