September 11th, 2018

Law in disorder: the Environment Agency and the waste hierarchy

by Peter Jones   Plenty of legislation is poorly written. Some is badly thought out, or pursues objectionable goals. But I’m only aware of one instance of legislation that is untrue. Laws rarely make statements of fact of the kind that can be true or false. For the most part, legislation: directs or forbids actions; […]


August 3rd, 2018

Trenchcoat warfare: Burberry’s bad press on stock incineration

by Peter Jones   The Times sparked something of a furore when it reported earlier in the month that Burberry deliberately incinerates millions of pounds worth of unwanted stock each year. The story found its way onto the agendas of many other newspapers and broadcasters. Outrage abounded on Twitter, as it so often does, with […]


October 13th, 2017

How do waste companies become circular economy companies?

by Jade Kelly   The idea that we should work towards a circular economy is becoming increasingly mainstream. The recent launch of the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy suggests that, whether under EU law or in response to a purely domestic agenda, resource efficiency and the prevention of waste will be a high priority in […]


June 2nd, 2017

Myth takes: it’s greener to incinerate paper than recycle it

by Peter Jones   When people want to argue that this whole recycling lark has gone a bit too far, they often regurgitate a peculiar factoid: that, on a careful analysis of the pros and cons, incinerating waste paper and card to generate energy has greater environmental benefits than recycling it. However, it’s time that […]


January 20th, 2017

Should we be making a meal out of food waste?

by Jake Brown   We can all agree on one thing, that food waste is not good for the environment. But can it be ‘utilised’ to bring about social benefits to local communities? I run a social enterprise trying to do just that. Utilise Loughborough is a social café that makes use of ‘waste’ food […]


June 10th, 2016

Resource plumbing: plugging the leaks in the circular economy

by Ad Lansink   Zero waste, Cradle to Cradle design and the Circular Economy are all great concepts, presenting attractive targets to work towards. However, their ultimate feasibility is another matter. As we use and recycle products, won’t there always be some loss of material? Across different technological and biological chains, time and time again […]


February 12th, 2016

Why are we still talking about landfill bans?

by Harriet Parke   For anyone attempting to keep abreast of waste issues, it can seem like it’s impossible to escape calls for banning certain materials – or all materials – from landfill. As someone with both a professional and personal interest in food waste, it’s a recurring theme I’ve become acutely aware of because […]