November 8th, 2013

Is there really a residual waste capacity gap?

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by Dominic Hogg

 

Veolia’s UK Director, Estelle Brachlianoff took the opportunity of Guy Fawkes night to lob more fuel on the fiery debate over whether the UK is headed for waste infrastructure overcapacity and announced that the firm has commissioned its own study.

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June 14th, 2013

Continental drift – how much might UK waste exports grow?

Towering inferno - Germany

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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December 18th, 2012

Waste infrastructure: consenting, contracting and construction

Figure 1 - Contract and non-contract capacity

by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

Following on from our blog piece on the treatment capacity of the ‘Big 7’ waste management players in the UK, we have decided to examine the balance between contracted and non-contracted residual waste treatment capacity in the pipeline. By ‘contracted capacity’ we mean facilities that have signed a long-term local authority (LA) contract; ‘non-contracted’ capacity may be facilities that are intending to operate in the merchant sector, or could be currently involved in a procurement process for a local authority contract.

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December 7th, 2012

Residual waste treatment: who’s the daddy?

RWIR Fig 1

by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

Last week Eunomia published the latest update to its Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. We thought it would be interesting to cut the numbers differently and take a look at who amongst the ‘Big 7’ players in the UK is actually developing the most new waste treatment capacity.

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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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April 27th, 2012

Do votes grow on trees?

Mayor of London

by  Rob Gillies

 

The biggest job in UK local government is up for grabs on May 3rd, as voters hit the polls for the London Mayoral election. Whilst it may not quite match the razzmatazz of the US democratic process, it has thrown up one or two highlights. You may have seen Peter Jones’s comparison of the green policies of the would-be Republican nominees – in the same spirit, what do the mayoral candidates have to offer an environmentally minded Londoner?

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