August 23rd, 2013

Squeeze me gently

Baa Baa Black sheep pg 8

by Paul Jones   As every child knows, Baa Baa black sheep had three bags full of wool. But if she lived in Monmouthshire and decided she wanted to throw them away, she would now be thwarted under the council’s recently announced plan to allow households only two bags of residual waste per fortnight. I […]


May 13th, 2013

Put your money where the mouths are

FoodCycle Collection

by Hattie Parke   On Saturday evenings I cycle to my local Sainsbury’s, trailer in tow, and collect a stack of ‘Taste the Difference’  loaves, bagels, croissants, pastries and other baked goods that happen not to have sold that day and would otherwise end up in bin bags and never be eaten. This stuff isn’t […]


February 27th, 2013

DCLG’s weak collection fund

Canute rebukes his courtiers

by James Fulford   It’s possible that Eric Pickles expected the Weekly Collection Support Scheme to provide a permanent boost to his popularity. After years in which local government had cut the frequency of rubbish collection, much to the chagrin of the Daily Mail, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government must have […]


December 7th, 2012

Residual waste treatment: who’s the daddy?

RWIR Fig 1

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 […]


October 9th, 2012

Exports: a waste of energy?

Container ship Hanjin Taipei

by Adam Baddeley   An article by one my colleagues last year set out an intelligent case for the export of waste from the UK for use as fuel in other European Union (EU) Member States, particularly highlighting that this need not be just a short-term fix. But the debate rumbles on, and has begun […]


September 21st, 2012

Is my grocer greener than my government?

Carrots

by Carolyn Cross   As I meander through the veg aisles of my local supermarket, Matthew the British apple farmer beams down, Chairman Mau-style, from giant posters. He looks like a nice guy, and while the supermarket may be getting a lot of mileage out of him, it does mean fewer nasty air freight and […]


September 6th, 2012

Reshuffling the waste hierarchy

Owen Paterson

by Phillip Ward   It will no doubt take Owen Paterson a few days to uncover all the issues Caroline Spelman left in his in-tray. One which has dipped under the radar is the promised revised guidance on applying the waste hierarchy.  Whilst it has been around for a long time, the hierarchy assumes greater […]