September 16th, 2016

Released without charge: inside England’s carrier bag data

by Steve Watson


Back in July, six months after England adopted a five pence charge on single use plastic bags (SUPBs), the government released the first data showing how the measure has affected consumption. The headline figure reported in the media was a reduction of 83%, which looks like a fantastic result – especially considering that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reported smaller reductions of 76%, 80% and 71% in the first years of their respective bans.

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May 22nd, 2015

The Bourne legacy: energy efficiency and SMEs

by Rob Reid


With the general election done and dusted, DECC has appointed its ministerial team to lead the energy and climate change agenda over the next Parliamentary term. Amber Rudd heads up the Department as Secretary of State, with Andrea Leadsom and Lord Bourne appointed to the roles of Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State respectively. Amber Rudd’s appointment in particular has been widely viewed as positive for the green economy.

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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.

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November 9th, 2012

We all bin it together

Two bins

by James Fulford


Although the data is thin and somewhat contradictory, it looks as though there’s plenty of room for improvement in the recycling performance of smaller SMEs. But those who want to support increased recycling need to understand how the market-driven commercial waste collection sector works.

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March 30th, 2012

Bringing it all back home

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by Claire Stonier and Peter Jones


If you work at home from time to time, is the waste you produce there domestic or commercial? How about if you manage you computer repair business from your spare room? Or if you run a child minding business in your house?

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February 3rd, 2012

Taking their work home with them

Claire Stonier

by Claire Stonier


The experience of local authorities is that when you constrain the volume of waste that householders can set out – whether by banning side waste, reducing bin sizes, or cutting collection frequency – the effect is to reduce waste arisings. It is commonly assumed that much of this represents genuine waste prevention – householders cutting down what they throw away, perhaps through home composting, or just by using less. But how much is down to illegitimate commercial waste being diverted from the household stream?

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December 28th, 2011

Council of caution

Cheltenham Trade Waste

by Peter Jones


2011 saw commercial waste make an unlikely ascent of the policy agenda. In Wales and Scotland, its prominence can be traced to their challenging recycling targets, which can only be achieved if performance in all waste sectors is improved. But for England, the motivation and the proposed measures are a little different.

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