June 13th, 2014

Football’s footprint: waste at the World Cup

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by Peter Jones

 

It’s possible that you’ve heard that there’s a bit of a football tournament taking place in Brazil. The hosts kicked off proceedings with a 3-1 win against Croatia last night. Any major sports event that brings tens of thousands of people from around the world together to watch a highly charged event in hot temperatures means the consumption of a large amount of pre-packaged food and drink. By now the soft drink cans and fast food wrappers (no alcohol allowed inside the stadium!) will have been swept up from São Paolo’s Corinthians stadium: but how much will be recycled?

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May 27th, 2014

Withdrawal symptoms: why Defra still has a role in waste

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by Dominic Hogg

 

How is England performing on waste management, and what are the prospects for the future? Last year, Defra announced its intention to step back in areas of waste management where businesses are better placed to act and there is no clear market failure. Now the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched an inquiry examining approaches to the recycling and treatment of municipal waste in England, and the impact of the reduction of Defra’s activities.

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April 11th, 2014

Does the nanny state have a role in changing nappies?

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by Thomas Vergunst

 

Some time ago I wrote an article on the merits of reusable nappies; to my surprise the piece proved to be rather popular on Isonomia and generated a whole string of comments on the site. It also stimulated some animated conversations – one friend challenged me as to:

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March 28th, 2014

Foam of contention: dealing with polystyrene wastes

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By Michelle Rose Rubio

 

Expanded polystyrene (also known as EPS foam, polystyrene or Styrofoam) is a popular plastic for the packaging of food items, electric and electronic goods, furniture and more due to its excellent insulating and protective properties, as well as a being a production material in its own right for such items as disposable cups, trays, cutlery and cartons.

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March 21st, 2014

Is the PRN past its sell-by date?

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by Phil Conran

 

When the Packaging Waste Regulations started in 1997, the Packaging Recovery Notes and Packaging Export Recovery Note (PRN) were conceived as pull tools to meet demand when there was a risk of recycling targets not being met. Reacting to supply/demand situations, the PRN enabled money to be targeted where it was needed at producer’s expense. The Government’s view was – and still is – that the EU targets should be met in the cheapest way possible and that the PRN should not favour UK recycling or export nor should it favour household waste or C&I.

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February 7th, 2014

Don’t pooh-pooh pet waste

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by Steve Watson

 

When I took my first step onto the property ladder last summer, I thought it would also help my ascent of Lansink’s Ladder: without numerous housemates’ dubious waste management practices to worry about, my residual bin seemed set to remain as sparsely populated as my unfurnished new home. However, I hadn’t counted on the arrival of fuzzy feelings of domesticity that led to the acquisition of an equally fuzzy companion. It wasn’t until my kitten was climbing around in my recycling bin that I started to realise just how much waste the little fellow was going to produce.

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January 31st, 2014

Goodbye, England’s rise: why have household recycling rates stalled?

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by Roy Hathaway

 

One of the biggest questions facing UK waste policy makers and commentators is: why have recycling rates in England levelled off?

Until recently it was assumed – not least by Government – that the steady increase in UK recycling which marked the last decade would continue indefinitely, thanks mainly to the landfill tax escalator.

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