September 11th, 2015

Lost in transit: reducing packaging waste in the food supply chain

Plastic boxes

by Joanne Moss


When you think of food packaging, what springs to mind? Cardboard boxes, polystyrene and plastic trays, polythene wrap still predominate, both in consumer packaging and in the material the public rarely sees – the transit packaging that makes sure products arrive at the retailer intact. Much of this material can be recycled, but the waste hierarchy gives prevention top priority – so what scope is there to avoid generating transit packaging waste in the first place?

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May 29th, 2015

Pickles’ parting shot


by Joe Papineschi and Gwen Frost


I suspect that the departure of Eric Pickles from the role of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will not be widely mourned amongst council officials. His replacement, Greg Clark, had a previous stint as minister of state in the department between 2010 and 2012, and subsequently held the cities brief. While it may be too early to pronounce with confidence that a major change of approach is in the air, Clark is a strong advocate of decentralisation of power, and might reinvigorate the localism agenda that fell by the wayside as Pickles increasingly sought to bend councils to his will.

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September 12th, 2014

Real nappies: absorbing the lessons of incentive schemes


by Hilary Vick


For the past 11 years I have been trying to get more London parents to try reusable nappies. This may be one of the biggest behavioural change challenges there is. Disposables nappies are cheap, convenient and easy to dispose of. You can throw a nappy in a park bin, pop it in the nappy bin at the swimming pool, leave a day’s worth at your baby’s nursery. Reusables are more difficult, right? You have to carry stinky ones home with you and then you have to wash and dry them. So how do you persuade people to use the more difficult, unfamiliar option?

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April 11th, 2014

Does the nanny state have a role in changing nappies?

Nappy photo

by Thomas Vergunst


Some time ago I wrote an article on the merits of reusable nappies; to my surprise the piece proved to be rather popular on Isonomia and generated a whole string of comments on the site. It also stimulated some animated conversations – one friend challenged me as to:

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March 18th, 2014

Sorting the Mail


by Peter Jones


Today the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has published a brief report on the last of the complaints I raised about the Daily Mail’s negative coverage of recycling issues, and I thought I should give Isonomia readers an update.

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February 7th, 2014

Don’t pooh-pooh pet waste

Recycling Cat crop

by Steve Watson


When I took my first step onto the property ladder last summer, I thought it would also help my ascent of Lansink’s Ladder: without numerous housemates’ dubious waste management practices to worry about, my residual bin seemed set to remain as sparsely populated as my unfurnished new home. However, I hadn’t counted on the arrival of fuzzy feelings of domesticity that led to the acquisition of an equally fuzzy companion. It wasn’t until my kitten was climbing around in my recycling bin that I started to realise just how much waste the little fellow was going to produce.

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November 8th, 2013

Is there really a residual waste capacity gap?


by Dominic Hogg


Veolia’s UK Director, Estelle Brachlianoff took the opportunity of Guy Fawkes night to lob more fuel on the fiery debate over whether the UK is headed for waste infrastructure overcapacity and announced that the firm has commissioned its own study.

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