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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,

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

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

Circular economy – opportunity or necessity?

22nd April 2015 Posted by

The upcoming elections and political promises are undoubtedly the main issue for UK waste-watchers. The Resource Association’s ‘Manifesto for resources 2015‘, issued at the end of March posed some interesting and challenging suggestions for the consideration of all political parties running up to the May General Election. Having recently completed some work for the EU on systematic eco-design innovation, the

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