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From ‘throw away’ to the green way!

23rd April 2012 Posted by

It’s now widely accepted that a sustainable future is only achievable if we change our ways from a ‘throw away’ culture to one which recognises and extracts the value from the resources we consume. When I look at the waste management industry, I see only the enormous potential it has to help the UK, particularly in terms of renewable energy.

Cash is not always king!

1st March 2012 Posted by

Scrap metal prices have risen dramatically and the regulatory system based around the outdated Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 is not fit for purpose. As a result, we have witnessed and endured a systematic attack on the UK’s infrastructure through the theft of metal over the past few years. The questionable tradition that the scrap metal industry can continue to

Is recycling a duty and not a choice?

30th January 2012 Posted by

For those who watched the new BBC series Toughest place to be a bin man, you could not escape the irony of the slogan proudly painted on the side of the Hammersmith and Fulham Council refuse collection vehicle. It stated, ‘Recycling is a duty not a choice’. Well yes, perhaps it is in the cosseted world of central London. However,

I’m dreaming of a waste free Christmas

21st December 2011 Posted by

As Christmas closes in at an alarming rate, shops burgeon with produce for us to consume. It makes you wonder, where has the Government’s message of zero waste to landfill disappeared to? Us British will get through an alarming rate of packaging and wrapping paper as consumption hits its annual high. Treated in the wrong manner this packaging is destined

A little known fact

18th October 2011 Posted by

I had the pleasure of being on the panel at events held at all three Party Conferences over the past few weeks, hosted by Policy Exchange and culminating with the Conservative party conference where Charles Hendry, Minister for Energy, represented the party at our debate. The subject centred on the decarbonisation of the UK through the implementation of the UK’s

Reinventing the wheel

12th October 2011 Posted by

I was pleased to attend last week the launch of a new report by Green Alliance, the environmental think tank, entitled ‘Reinventing the wheel: a circular economy for resource security’. By sponsoring the creation of this thoughtful and timely report SITA UK helps lift the issues surrounding how we can best facilitate an improvement in resource efficiency.

Between a ROC and a hard place

13th September 2011 Posted by

The Government’s renewable energy market reform is intended to ensure a reliable, affordable and low carbon energy supply. It’s expected to deliver a replacement for 25 per cent of all existing capacity by 2020, equating to around 30 per cent of all our electricity needs coming from renewable sources.

The power of ratings

18th August 2011 Posted by

The shock waves are still reverberating around the financial markets following Standard & Poor’s financial downgrading of the US, which saw billions wiped off the stock values of companies in the US before spilling over into the Eurozone with equally devastating effects. In the aftermath, one can reflect that if a similar downgrading occurred in one of the many sustainability

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