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Hammond’s Plastic Tax and Defra consult on banning single-use plastics, but what’s next for our resources & waste sector?

6th November 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Late October saw Defra launch its consultation on banning the distribution and sale of plastic straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England. Defra is particularly keen to hear views and read evidence concerning additional costs or constraints to business of the proposed ban, what the impact might be on the price per

How to drive continuous improvement and innovation in your local authority

9th August 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Make time for peer-to-peer networking In today’s world of austerity, local authorities can often find it increasingly difficult to get out to conferences and workshops, due in part to budget restrictions and to time constraints. This explains the momentum surrounding webinars and the continuing demand for online news websites. However, in my experience not everything

Energy from Waste technology is at the heart of a shift to a circular economy

13th June 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. I was fortunate enough to attend the launch of the Environmental Services Association (ESA) report on the role of energy recovery in a circular economy last week (6 June) at the House of Commons, which was both well attended and well received. It is a short document (thankfully I hear you cry) that highlights the

The state of local authority procurement and the challenges ahead

17th May 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Value for money, affordability and risk are without question the current watch words for our sector, and they are inextricably linked, and at the heart of all decisions about future service direction, from kerbside collections and recyclate processing, to residual treatment. These watch words featured heavily in the discussion during a recent CIWM webinar, from

We are finally asking the right questions about deposit return schemes

6th April 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Last week was perhaps a pivotal point in the evolution of UK waste management policy and practice, and that had nothing to do with our stagnating recycling rate or our hopes and fears post Brexit. No, it was down to the commitment from Michael Gove that England would have a deposit return system (DRS) for

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