December 18th, 2017

Are some countries cheating on their recycling rate?

Global Recycling Map

by Rob Gillies and Peter Jones   Eunomia recently published the second issue of ‘Recycling – Who Really Leads the World?’, a study that tries to compare on an equal footing the countries that claim the highest recycling rates in the world. It explains why comparing reported recycling rates at face-value is potentially misleading; and […]


June 30th, 2017

Is recycling confusing?

by Peter Jones and Joe Papineschi   There’s one thing everyone seems to agree on regarding recycling: it’s confusing. It’s a familiar complaint from countless press articles and broadcast pieces; when surveyed, people say they find recycling confusing; and Defra has taken up the theme. Part of the rationale for WRAP’s consistency programme is to […]


February 24th, 2017

Separate ways: a commercial waste case study

by Nick Stott and Peter Jones   It’s now a little over two years since the separate collection requirements under the amended Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 took effect. For waste collectors, this made it compulsory to ensure that, if they were collecting paper, metals, plastics or glass, they did so by way of […]


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 […]


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 […]


November 26th, 2013

Written in haste, repented at leisure?

Dan Rogerson

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 […]


November 15th, 2013

Waste prevention: an article of faith?

Toolbox

by Chris Sherrington   A friend of mine was walking in the countryside with his children when they came across an interesting array of characters. Dotted around a hillside, facing out to sea, with their hands held chest high and palms facing out, they seemed to be conducting some sort of prayer ritual. When they’d […]