September 11th, 2018

Law in disorder: the Environment Agency and the waste hierarchy

by Peter Jones

 

Plenty of legislation is poorly written. Some is badly thought out, or pursues objectionable goals. But I’m only aware of one instance of legislation that is untrue.

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August 10th, 2018

Cash and carry: the missed opportunities of England’s plastic bag charge

by Iona Horton

 

There’s no doubt that England’s 5p plastic carrier bag charge has had an impact. We’ve all either been or seen the person who, on forgetting to bring a bag to the shops, refuses to pay for one and proceeds to cram their groceries into every available pocket. After some near escapes involving eggs, I never go anywhere without my trusty reusable.

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August 3rd, 2018

Trenchcoat warfare: Burberry’s bad press on stock incineration

by Peter Jones

 

The Times sparked something of a furore when it reported earlier in the month that Burberry deliberately incinerates millions of pounds worth of unwanted stock each year. The story found its way onto the agendas of many other newspapers and broadcasters. Outrage abounded on Twitter, as it so often does, with people petitioning for the practice to be outlawed – even though it is already of questionable legality.

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April 13th, 2017

A gas-tly mess?

by Mike Brown

 

As the UK’s landfill infrastructure rapidly approaches its retirement, this seismic change in how waste is managed is spitting out a range of issues that our current system is ill-suited to manage.  I’ve previously examined issues of how aftercare is funded, and the resilience challenges that a move away from landfill will bring – but it also has implications for the future of landfill gas operations.

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December 16th, 2016

Guidance counselling: understanding fire prevention plans

by Sophie Crosswell

 

Since the introduction of the Environment Agency’s (EA) Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) Guidance, waste operators have been battling with the national approval panel to achieve the compliant plans needed for their new facilities.  Whilst July’s revised guidance went some way to clarifying the EA’s expectations and flexibility, gaining approval for a FPP still seems to be a hurdle many are having difficulty with.

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December 2nd, 2016

The ups and downs of landfill data

by Dominic Hogg

 

There’s a hackneyed phrase that people often come out with when they are looking for improved data: ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’. Waste management strikes me as the perfect counter example: for anything other than waste collected by local authorities, the quality of the UK’s waste data is generally of terrible quality. Does that really mean we don’t know a thing about how waste should be managed?

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July 15th, 2016

Losing ground: the decline of England’s landfills

by Chris Cullen

 

To hear many waste commentators talk, one would think that a huge proportion of the nation’s waste is still being sent to landfill. For example, as recently discussed on Isonomia, it is not uncommon to hear calls for landfill bans for specific materials, as if this would automatically entail that they were recycled, and we are frequently told of the benefits of getting waste ‘out of landfill’.

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