April 25th, 2014

It pays to think about trade waste

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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

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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

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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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September 21st, 2012

Is my grocer greener than my government?

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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 truck miles. In turn that means fresher, healthier produce, reduced carbon emissions, and more of the economic benefits staying close to home; so buying Matthew’s apples is good for us, good for UK plc and no doubt good for Matthew too.

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July 20th, 2012

Collectors hold the key

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by Joe Papineschi

 

A few weeks ago I went to a great little event hosted by LG Legal at their HQ next to Boris’s City Hall that brought together leading players in the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) industry. I started writing about it in an initial fit of inspiration on the last train back to Bristol, while the debate (chaired by BBC Science Correspondent David Shukman), the good dinner, and several glasses of wine were still in my system.  Unfortunately after about a page of ranting I had typed myself to sleep, and only in the last couple of days has my screed come to light. Amazingly, I think I hit on a point that remains worth making – one which, if the leading players took it on board, would transform the economics of AD.

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May 24th, 2012

Worth the weight?

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by Peter Jones

 

There is a fundamental misalignment at the heart of how commercial waste is managed in the UK. It distorts the market, reduces price transparency and acts as a deterrent to waste prevention and recycling, yet there seems to be little appetite to change it. It seems incomprehensible – but let’s try to understand the reasons and whether a different paradigm may emerge.

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