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Private sector contractors accept competition and its consequences

16th November 2015 Posted by

The revelation following the BBC Sunday Politics show (8 November, 2015) that the private sector operated as a “cartel” and that their involvement in waste collection did not increase competition is a curious inversion of the argument generally put forward for outsourcing waste collection, as opposed to keeping the service in-house.

Defra’s budget reduction

13th November 2015 Posted by

The news that Defra is to face a budget reduction of 30 per cent over the next four years will not come as much of a surprise to most waste-watchers if that departmental cut is salami-sliced across to Rory Stewart’s waste and resources team. Given the low-key approach to waste management that Defra has taken over the past few years,

England’s recycling rate is flatlining

23rd October 2015 Posted by

The news that Birmingham City Council (BCC) has not only missed its 2014/15 household waste recycling target of 35 per cent by six percentage points, but has also downgraded its 2015/16 target from 35 per cent to 30 per cent highlights many of the concerns SUEZ and others in the waste management sector have expressed to the new government. Firstly,

Scottish government consultation on circular economy

25th August 2015 Posted by

The Scottish Government is to be commended for opening a wide-ranging consultation on “creating a more circular economy in Scotland”, end date 30 October 2015. The consultation document Making things Last is a call for action along each of the various stages of the supply chain, starting with product design and progressing through reuse, repair, remanufacturing, recycling, recovery, and ending

Repair, reuse and remanufacture

25th August 2015 Posted by

Repair, reuse and remanufacturing continue to get a raw deal from policymakers. A panel discussion on current performance and future challenges in the UK held at the recent CIWM’s conference Resourcing the Future 2015 highlighted this fact in contrast to the undoubted success the UK has enjoyed in raising recycling rates. Yet the European Union household waste target of 50

The real value of the reuse sector

13th August 2015 Posted by

December 2014 saw the launch of the report Triple Win: The Social, Economic and Environmental Case for Remanufacturing. It is generally forgotten that the target in Article 11 of the Waste Framework Directive requires the UK to achieve 50 per cent recycling and reuse of paper, glass, plastics and metals from households by 2020. But reuse, which broadly speaking includes

Has the circular economy become too unwieldy?

3rd August 2015 Posted by

Opinion written for and published on www.letsrecycle.com on 03 August 2015. Dr Gev Eduljee, head of external affairs at Suez, discusses the broad nature of the concept of a circular economy. As a circle stitching together the entire “take-make-dispose” economy, the circular economy concept is by its very nature a very broad church. But is this flexibility now becoming a

Green and responsible conservatism

17th July 2015 Posted by

Green and Responsible Conservatism, a new report from Bright Blue, purports to show “how the centre-right of British politics could better embed sustainability and long-termism within the UK economy”. In truth, a preference for market mechanisms and incentives over prescriptive policy instruments is hardly the sole preserve of the right; there are not many recommendations here that would make a left-winger

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