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 […]

March 14th, 2014

Is bad data blocking waste infrastructure investment?

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 […]

January 24th, 2014

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

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. When Eunomia published its AD Market […]

December 11th, 2013

To the victor the (reduction in) spoils…

Plum Gleaning

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 […]

November 8th, 2013

Is there really a residual waste capacity gap?


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 […]

September 13th, 2013

Flaming landfill: changing waste disposal in the Stans

Kokshetau Landfill

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 […]

August 16th, 2013

Challenging circum-Stans: collecting MSW in the former USSR


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 […]