January 4th, 2019

Doing themselves Stroud: maximising the benefits of fortnightly collections

by Sarah Kemp The headlines on the recycling rate data released in December understandably focused on the continuing flatlining of England’s collection performance. On one measure, ‘waste from households’, the recycling rate for 2017/18 fell by 0.3 percentage points to 44.8 per cent, leaving the EU’s 2020 target of 50% looking increasingly distant. That disappointing […]


November 25th, 2016

Less rotting in the state of Denmark?

by Sarah Ettlinger   Copenhagen’s second ‘Wefood’ surplus food supermarket opened on Monday 7th November. Products in the shop are donated, for example due to damaged packaging or being close to or past best-before dates, and sold at 50-70% below the market price. The expansion builds on the success of the first Wefood, which received […]


February 26th, 2016

Levelling a charge: small business and levies

by Chris Sherrington   One of the most remarkable features of the way in which the carrier bag charge was introduced in England was the Government’s insistence that small retailers be exempted. This was despite repeated requests from the Association of Convenience Stores, the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) and the British Retail Consortium […]


October 9th, 2015

Posting the bans: can we ban EPS packaging?

by Ayesha Bapasola   One is the city that never sleeps; the other is famed for its dreaming spires – but both have had a nightmare of a time trying to proactively tackle waste and litter. New York City and Oxford are two prominent examples of local authorities that have tried to restrict the types […]


November 28th, 2014

Ask Ad: zero waste and the hierarchy

by Ad Lansink and Steve Watson   Earlier in the month, we brought you the first part of an interview with the creator of the waste hierarchy, Ad Lansink. The interview is based on questions provided by readers of be Waste Wise, our collaborators on this article. The first part of the interview explored issues […]


November 14th, 2014

Ask Ad: climbing Lansink’s Ladder

by Ad Lansink and Steve Watson   It was a little under a year ago that Isonomia ran an article on the life and work of Dutch former politician and father of the waste hierarchy, Ad Lansink. It turned out to be one of our most read pieces, and happily also came to Ad’s attention. Since […]


February 28th, 2014

Reaching for the top rung: achieving waste prevention

by Ad Lansink   Prevention is by far the most challenging rung to reach on Lansink’s Ladder. The prevailing growth-focused political and social mind-set isn’t easily compatible with waste prevention’s goals of decreasing consumption by cutting waste. Awareness of the looming threat of shortages of raw materials has increased in the forty years since the […]