March 14th, 2014

Is bad data blocking waste infrastructure investment?

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by Adam Baddeley and Chris Cullen

 

We’ve been reading SITA’s recent report on waste arisings and infrastructure, which found that by 2025 the UK would have 5.7m tonnes more waste than treatment capacity. It’s a conclusion that we have issues with: we’re authors of Eunomia’s Residual Waste Infrastructure Review, which has consistently shown that the capacity of the incinerators, MBT plants and other residual treatment plant that we expect to be built in coming years risks exceeding the tonnage of waste which will need to be managed in future. But whilst it’s worth pausing to point out where we think SITA has erred, the report raises a more interesting issue: what is really holding up the infrastructure investment that SITA and others think is so urgently needed?

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January 24th, 2014

Difficult to digest: problems with the C&I food waste market

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by Hattie Parke and Adam Baddeley

 

How well is the anaerobic digestion (AD) market developing in the UK? It’s a question that should concern not just investors and developers, but also policy makers and anyone else who wants to see more food waste treated higher up the waste hierarchy.

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December 11th, 2013

To the victor the (reduction in) spoils…

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by Emma Gowing

 

It may come as a surprise to some, but the life of an environmental consultant is not always a glamorous one. In fact, you’re more likely to find me at the business end of a bin lorry than enjoying the razzle-dazzle at the Ritz. But last Wednesday was a bit of an exception… The occasion was the ceremony to announce the winner of Nesta’s £50,000 Waste Reduction Challenge Prize. Amongst the guests at Plough Place, Holborn was civil society Minister Nick Hurd who was tasked with handing over the award.

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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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September 13th, 2013

Flaming landfill: changing waste disposal in the Stans

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by Natasha Sim and Martin Steiner

 

In a previous Isonomia piece we explored some of the problems of municipal solid waste collection in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia known collectively as the ‘Stans’: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In this second piece we turn our attention to what happens once this waste has been collected, examining the pitfalls encountered in attempts to improve waste treatment and disposal infrastructure in these countries.

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August 16th, 2013

Challenging circum-Stans: collecting MSW in the former USSR

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by Natasha Sim and Martin Steiner

 

The five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, are characterized as landlocked countries on the Eurasian continent. They are often referred to as the ‘Stans’ and collectively are most famous for the Silk Road, which transported goods, people, and cultures between Asia and Europe. Huge mountain ranges, deserts, and vast steppe lie between the Caspian Sea and the Chinese border, leading to geographic extremes and nomadic cultures, although the common legacy of Soviet Russia is still strong and Russian is the lingua franca in government and law. All five Stan countries struggled eco­no­mi­cally after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, when their GNI per capita rapidly decreased, only beginning to improve around the late 1990s.

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July 12th, 2013

Reading the resource roadmap

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by Peter Jones

 

With so much of our environmental legislation having its roots in Europe, it surprises me that there is so little discussion, even in the trade press, of the direction that European waste policy seems to be taking. Perhaps the view is that, what matters are concrete proposals that have been through the Parliament and are backed by the European Council. Until we have them, speeches of Commissioners like Janez Potočnik are just so much hot air and documents like the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe destined for the recycling bin.

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