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Legislation update – Winter 2018

10th December 2018 Posted by

In this update, we focus on issues that were topical throughout 2018. We look at a number of emerging laws and initiatives and what they mean for you. UK Plastics Pact The UK Plastics Pact, a collaborative initiative that will create a circular economy for plastics, was launched on 26 April 2018. It brings together businesses from across the entire

Hang on in there, things are looking up for the waste and resource sector

6th December 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Given continuing levels of austerity, budget cuts and general resourcing restrictions, nobody working in the world of waste and resource management should be finding workloads anything other than heavy right now. But that shouldn’t be seen as a negative, because from my perspective that means there are lots of new seeds taking root which should

Hopes for the forthcoming Environment Bill

30th November 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Aldersgate Group organised a report launch event on Thursday, 29th November 2018 entitled ‘What does business want from the Environment Bill?’ I was delighted to present at the launch, where representatives from a number of environmental disciplines came together, with Defra and other government departments to discuss what industry needs from the forthcoming Environment Bill.

SUEZ site-seeing | Part 19 | Local authority collection round in Calderdale

19th November 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Since the launch of the SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s Resources & Waste Management Manifesto in late May, I have been somewhat busy facilitating workshops with DEFRA, key stakeholders, and some of our clients to test some of our assumptions and work through some of our recommendations in more detail. After the workshops that we

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

We must engage in the discussions, share insights and help shape the future

9th October 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. It seems a long time ago, but August was busy this year. Busier than normal given the ongoing work Defra have been doing in preparation for the hotly anticipated Resources & Waste Strategy, now expected in November. Given the workloads, I was both dreading and feeling quite excited about September, a month where I was

Ensuring local authority tendering is effective, affordable and pain free

5th September 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. Local authorities have suffered over recent years due to ongoing austerity and have been asked year on year to do more with less. This has in some cases put services at risk, allowed contamination levels to rise, restricted communication campaigns to the bare minimum and increased tension between authorities and their contractors. This backdrop has

Ready for the resource revolution

3rd September 2018 Posted by

Posted by Dr Adam Read. It is only three months ago that a few colleagues and I met with our CEO, David Palmer-Jones, to discuss the complexity of our sector and the possible headaches facing Defra as they grappled with developing their new Resources & Waste Strategy. He was keen that we support them in any way possible and committed

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

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