July 7th, 2017

Wheels of fortune: the story of the wheeled bin

by Steve Watson   For a relative newcomer to our streets and homes, the wheeled bin has come to occupy an important place in both British civic and cultural life. They have  helped change how waste is managed, and – whether as the subject of the Daily Mail‘s ire or being ridden down a dale […]


April 13th, 2017

A gas-tly mess?

by Mike Brown   As the UK’s landfill infrastructure rapidly approaches its retirement, this seismic change in how waste is managed is spitting out a range of issues that our current system is ill-suited to manage.  I’ve previously examined issues of how aftercare is funded, and the resilience challenges that a move away from landfill […]


May 6th, 2016

Myth-takes – “You can sort it all with machines”

by Luke Dale-Harris and Peter Jones   Not long ago, The Spectator gave over a page to decry the plight of poor Mrs Ware, the “frail, elderly mother” of the article’s author, Michael. Mrs Ware, he wrote: “has recently moved in with us in Epsom and in so doing has joined the 15 million people […]


April 15th, 2016

Is there a clear vision for environmentally responsible eyewear?

by Amy Slack   A time comes in a lot of people’s lives when things start to become a bit blurry. Realising it’s not simply the side effect of a heavy night out, you take the dreaded trip to the opticians and discover that you no longer have perfect eye-sight and would benefit from corrective […]


November 6th, 2015

Hitting the bottle: the Middle East’s water packaging problem

by Rehan Ahmed   Plastic water bottles are a common feature of urban life in the Middle East, being readily and cheaply available to all sections of society. In some instances, they are even provided free in public locations such as mosques, and this easy availability has seen their use – and subsequent misuse – […]


December 29th, 2014

Demanding proper treatment: waste protests in India

Mavillipura Tip

by Ranjith Annepu   In a historical first for the nation, 2012 saw several public protests against improper solid waste management erupt across India – from the northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir to the southernmost Tamil Nadu. Fighting for the right to a clean environment and environmental justice, protesters staged large-scale demonstrations, including an indefinite […]


December 19th, 2014

Waste in a manger: a materials nativity

by Steve Watson   No nativity scene or play is complete without the presence of the Magi bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the new born messiah. Despite their ubiquity in our picture of Christmas, little is told of them in the Bible except that they travelled from the East following a […]