July 30th, 2012

Money to burn: waste and PFI in Cornwall

by Mike Brown


Funerals often stimulate reflection. Travelling home from Cornish independent Councillor Pam Lyne’s memorial service on 13th July, I was thinking about one of the many causes to which she selflessly dedicated so much energy.

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July 13th, 2012

Water, waste and the space race

The impact of water

by Peter Jones OBE


For all its many environmental benefits, the growth in recycling poses a problem: space. At its peak, landfilling required 500 major burial pits, occupying around 8,000 hectares. If we landfilled no waste at all, it is estimated that up to 3,000 waste facilities of 5-10 hectares would be required, occupying around 25,000 hectares – three times the area. The twin challenges of navigating the planning system and attracting investment make developing this infrastructure one of the waste sector’s biggest problems. Although approaching 50 food waste anaerobic digestion and 200 materials recovery plants are already in place, more are needed.

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June 25th, 2012

Planning, investment and white elephants

by James Fulford


Eunomia recently released an update to our six-monthly Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. We maintain a database of non-landfill residual waste facilities – not just those that are currently operational, but also those being built or making their way through the planning system. Twice yearly we publish figures showing current and potential treatment capacity alongside estimates of future waste arisings. This reveals a ‘capacity gap’ between the amount of waste we’re likely to have and the facilities we expect to be in place to treat it – but the findings need careful interpretation.

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November 30th, 2011

Slurry seems to be the hardest word

Peter Jones

by Peter Jones


A talk by Helen Browning, CEO of the Soil Association, on 2 November left me pondering the problems of farming and waste.  Helen is a compelling speaker and, despite battling the after-effects of a cold, tackled a lot of topics with energy and thoughtfulness.

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September 7th, 2011

Where are all the AD facilities?

Eunomia staff 2011

by Adam Baddeley


The question everyone is asking around anaerobic digestion (AD) is why, with positive incentives (ROCs, FITs, RHI etc), and with the political parties seemingly aligned in their support of the technology, is the pace of development not more rapid?

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