May 31st, 2013

Where there isn’t a will

white poppy recolour

by Dominic Hogg

 

It barely seems credible today to recall that in the late 1990s and early noughties there were people making policy – in what is now Defra, and the Environment Agency – who sincerely believed that it was incredibly challenging to meet a recycling target for household waste of 25%.

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February 27th, 2013

DCLG’s weak collection fund

Canute rebukes his courtiers

by James Fulford

 

It’s possible that Eric Pickles expected the Weekly Collection Support Scheme to provide a permanent boost to his popularity. After years in which local government had cut the frequency of rubbish collection, much to the chagrin of the Daily Mail, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government must have imagined that he would be seen to be acting decisively to put things right.

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February 7th, 2013

“No can do” isn’t good enough

Waste Paper Bin

by Dominic Hogg

 

I had a bit of a shock the other day. I saw an aluminium can in one of our residual waste bins. You might think I’m being a little melodramatic, but in my view, that type of behaviour is not acceptable in a company of which I am the Chairman. It triggered an e-mail to fellow staff at Eunomia to highlight the fact that I was expecting rather more of them than this.

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February 6th, 2012

Beware of the sharks

James Fulford Director

by James Fulford

 

According to Which, ‘It’s crunch time for unfair gym contracts’. The High Court decided last year that gym membership contracts which automatically roll forward, or which can’t be easily cancelled with 30 days’ notice, are unfair. The Office for Fair Trading (OFT) now plans to crack down on gyms that use these tricks to lock in their customers.

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January 18th, 2012

Proving prevention

Alison Holmes Senior Consultant

by Alison Holmes

 

One of the most positive-sounding features of the Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011 was the introduction of the Waste Prevention Loan Fund (WPLF), to “enable organisations to introduce business models and processes which make more efficient use of material resources.”

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September 2nd, 2011

Weekly collecting – my thoughts

Joe Papineschi Director

by Joe Papineschi

 

The Government’s Waste Review in June was greeted by the waste industry in terms that ranged from disappointment to derision. However, my inner reaction (and I suspect that I wasn’t alone in this) was primarily one of relief – whilst it clearly could have been better, it could have been an awful lot worse. I’ve been reflecting on where the Review leaves the strategic picture on waste collection.

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