September 30th, 2016

What’s VAT got to do with the price of bins?


by Peter Jones


Should local authorities have to charge VAT on their commercial waste services? Not according to Mr Justice Warren of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber), who this month declined to overturn HMRC’s 2011 decision that such services were VAT exempt.

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April 22nd, 2016

Putting the ‘Right Waste’ in the ‘Right Place’


by Sam Corp


It is unfortunate and disappointing that, according to statistics collected by Suez, 56% of SME waste producers are not currently complying with their waste Duty of Care. Causes of non compliance range from not giving consideration to the waste hierarchy or separate collection requirements under the Waste Regulations, to storing waste materials incorrectly, to mixing hazardous and or hygiene wastes in with general waste.

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August 28th, 2015

Waste hierarchy compliance: a tick box exercise?


by Sam Taylor and Peter Jones


The waste hierarchy is one of the fundamental elements of the European waste management policy. Enshrined in the Waste Framework Directive, and transposed into UK law in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (‘the 2011 Regulations’), applying the waste hierarchy is a legal duty on all producers of waste. But with little threat of enforcement of this obligation, many businesses in the UK seem unmotivated to act and compliance appears to be literally no more than a tick box exercise.

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April 25th, 2014

It pays to think about trade waste


by Peter Jones


What’s top of most local authorities’ priority lists at the moment? The cumulative effects of successive cuts to central government funding are bound to put budgetary concerns right up there. So why do so few councils closely scrutinise the budgetary performance of their commercial waste service?

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December 7th, 2012

Residual waste treatment: who’s the daddy?

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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.

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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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October 26th, 2012

Waste infrastructure: planning to fail

Gravel Pit Excavation, off Sands Lane, Mirfield - - 107936

By Mike Brown


Why isn’t merchant residual waste infrastructure getting built? Millions of tonnes of non-recyclable commercial and industrial (C&I) waste is being landfilled each year when it could be moved up the hierarchy. Meanwhile there is enough capacity with planning consent to treat 5 million tonnes per year more waste than we landfill, but many facilities remain just blueprints.

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