May 18th, 2018

Infrastructure: can less be more?

by Leidy Klotz   If her book sales are any indication, you or someone you know have probably used Marie Kondo’s “KonMari™” method for tidying up your home. Sure, Kondo’s approach, found in her wildly successful The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has some space-saving sock-folding tips, but the real tidying benefits come only if you […]


September 1st, 2017

Ever decreasing circles?

by Wayne Hubbard   As we move closer to a circular economy becoming a reality, we need to consider the implications for the waste management industry and its future role – because less waste will require a different infrastructure from what we have now. The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) recently launched a circular […]


March 20th, 2015

Talking GIB-berish

by Dominic Hogg   We’ve now had more than two years of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), enough time to take a view on how green its intervention in the waste sector has been. It won’t be a surprise to hear that the answer is “not very”, but much more interesting to ask why. Back […]


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. You can understand why Veolia might want its own study to […]


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 […]


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 […]


December 7th, 2012

Residual waste treatment: who’s the daddy?

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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. Figure […]