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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.

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

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

Regulation and the UK waste sector – perfect partners?

6th December 2017 Posted by

Posted by Dr. Adam Read. The waste and resources sector is nothing without regulation. The UK has been at the forefront of developing and implementing appropriate regulation for the protection of human health and the wider environment. Just look at the seminal Public Health Acts of both 1848 and 1875, when the UK led the way internationally in recognising the

Brexit and the Circular Economy Package

23rd June 2017 Posted by

The publication of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, converting all extant EU laws into UK law, again brings into focus the likely fate of the EU’s Circular Economy Package (CEP) post-Brexit. All guesswork and supposition of course, since a forward-looking waste management vision and plan for the UK is conspicuously lacking at the moment. Incorporation of the CEP into UK

Brexit – reflecting on policy

15th June 2017 Posted by

The result of last June’s referendum was greeted with dismay by most waste watchers, concerned that a hard Brexit would pull the rug from under our sector’s feet, exposing a policy vacuum. Our first reaction was to ask for the entire EU waste acquis to be retained – including the Circular Economy Package (CEP) currently under discussion. But perhaps we

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