February 24th, 2014

Is waste planning a waste of time?

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by Deborah Sacks

 

I once attended a branch meeting of the Royal Town Planning Institute where the members were all feeling pretty low. The very concept of planning was under attack from the coalition government. Any reason for control of land use was being questioned at a fundamental level.

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February 21st, 2014

Incentives and sensibility

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by James Fulford and  Clare Pitts-Tucker

 

This week Eunomia, working in partnership with Serco, launched a new report investigating the impact of recycling incentive schemes. While giving some thought to Pay As You Throw (PAYT) and Deposit Refund Schemes (DRS) – types of incentive scheme widely used elsewhere in the world – we focussed on the benefits of offering incentives, or ‘rewards’, to residents for kerbside recycling.

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November 15th, 2013

Waste prevention: an article of faith?

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by Chris Sherrington

 

A friend of mine was walking in the countryside with his children when they came across an interesting array of characters. Dotted around a hillside, facing out to sea, with their hands held chest high and palms facing out, they seemed to be conducting some sort of prayer ritual. When they’d finished, they were happy to chat about what they’d been doing.

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August 9th, 2013

Spitting image – Pickles’ month in the media

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by Peter Jones

 

You’ve got to hand it to Eric Pickles – he certainly keeps busy, even during the traditionally quiet summer recess. During July he made national news for his advocacy of allowing shoppers to park briefly on double yellow lines without risk of a fine, as a measure to revive town centres – a stance that seems to have earned him an invitation to appear on Top Gear. At the same time, his name has appeared in the waste trade press more frequently than most people’s bins are collected, lending his support to a number of new policy initiatives.

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May 24th, 2013

It’s not fair

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by Chris Sherrington

 

As the father of two young children I am frequently reminded how early in life we develop a sense of what is fair, and (perhaps more intensely), what isn’t. One of my favourite methods of avoiding adjudicating on such matters is to step outside and busy myself with preparing materials for recycling. Given the nature of my work and my company’s culture, it will come as no surprise to hear that I am a pretty diligent recycler. Moreover, as far as I can, I try to prevent the generation of waste in the first place. The upshot is that the Sherrington family’s black bag waste is comprised almost entirely of plastic films and wraps.

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November 28th, 2012

Pickles puts councils in a jam

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by Phillip Ward

 

The upside of Eric Pickles’ venture into waste funding is that thanks to the good sense of local authorities not all of the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme will be wasted. By my reckoning it will pay for 23 new or extended food waste collections to be introduced and various expansions of recycling services, without any significant return to weekly residual waste collections.

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April 27th, 2012

Do votes grow on trees?

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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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