October 2nd, 2015

On tape: regulation in the waste sector


by Peter Jones


Last month, the Cabinet Office concluded its call for comments to help it “identify unnecessary barriers to growth and productivity in the waste sector”. I responded, as did many others in the sector, and judging by some of the comments posted on its web page I wasn’t alone in finding the red tape review somewhat misconceived. I would argue that the waste and recycling sector, far from being strangled by regulation and enforcement, relies upon it for its survival, let alone its growth.

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September 4th, 2015

Hazard perception: what makes waste hazardous?


by Ian Cessford


The Environment Agency has recently implemented the latest EU List of Wastes hazardous waste classifications through its Technical Guidance document WM3. This sets new criteria for defining hazardous waste and continues the seemingly inexorable rise in the types of materials accepted as a risk to human health or the environment.

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August 28th, 2015

Waste hierarchy compliance: a tick box exercise?


by Sam Taylor and Peter Jones


The waste hierarchy is one of the fundamental elements of the European waste management policy. Enshrined in the Waste Framework Directive, and transposed into UK law in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (‘the 2011 Regulations’), applying the waste hierarchy is a legal duty on all producers of waste. But with little threat of enforcement of this obligation, many businesses in the UK seem unmotivated to act and compliance appears to be literally no more than a tick box exercise.

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August 21st, 2015

Who will care for the UK’s elderly landfills?


by Mike Brown and Bethany Ledingham


The speed of change in the residual waste sector is both unprecedented and unrelenting. There are many positives to emphasise – some efforts towards waste prevention, more reuse and recycling, and new and environmentally preferable treatment technologies are all having an impact.

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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 point where we’ll be worrying about a lack of residual waste to feed the treatment facilities we’ve built to achieve this goal.

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May 15th, 2015

The exercise of power: how to cut waste crime at landfills


by Roy Hunt


I have been dealing with the Environment Agency for four years now, trying to bring about better regulation of a non-hazardous landfill in East Yorkshire. I have reported numerous concerns about the way the site was being operated, but despite twists and turns, virtually nothing was done for the first three years.

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April 30th, 2015

What does the environment mean to UKIP?

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by Steve Watson


As the only major party openly sceptical of humans’ role in climate change, UKIP were never likely to pitch their manifesto to win over the environmentally minded voter. It’s hard to imagine any other party retaining an Energy Spokesman who took to Twitter earlier this year to urge his followers to “strike a blow against Climate Hysteria” by turning on their lights during Earth Hour.

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