January 26th, 2017

What do Scots toss?

by Chris Sherrington   What are people most likely to litter? This is a surprisingly tricky question to answer, as the data on litter is poor. However, if we want to have effective policies to reduce littering, it’s important to understand the behaviours we need to change, and the scale of the impact they could […]


July 17th, 2015

Why don’t we implement the waste hierarchy?

by Dominic Hogg   Eunomia has been tracking capacity in both residual waste treatment facilities and at anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities in recent years. The lesson of the former is that we may be moving to a situation where we have more capacity than we need by the latter part of the decade. There have […]


June 26th, 2015

Picking the right cherries: packaging waste and litter

by Chris Sherrington   Some time ago I came across an INCPEN press release entitled ‘Cherry-picking litter won’t work: It has to be all or nothing’. It reports findings of research conducted by Keep Scotland Beautiful and commissioned by INCPEN (The Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment), whose members “include raw material […]


December 12th, 2014

Buyer beware: using procurement to root out waste crime

by Peter Jones   Waste crime has perhaps been the big resources sector issue to come to the forefront in 2014. It’s certainly the only aspect of waste that received a particular mention in the Chancellor’s budget – not even Landfill Tax managed that – and has also been given prominence by Radio 4’s File […]


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 […]


January 17th, 2014

Picking up the evidence: what’s the cost of litter?

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by Chris Sherrington   Is all this concern about litter overblown? Does government really need to intervene to reduce levels of litter, or is it just a distraction from more urgent issues? What are the negative effects of litter and how significant are they; and given the range of apparently competing pressures, what is a […]


November 26th, 2013

Written in haste, repented at leisure?

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by Phillip Ward   I wonder if Dan Rogerson – the new waste and resources minister – will come to regret the letter he sent to industry stakeholders this month. In some ways it is encouraging that he was honest in explaining the constraints of money and people that Owen Patterson’s decisions have left for […]