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Waiting for the Strategy with bated breath

Defra’s Resources and Waste Strategy is still due to be published before the end of the year.

Yet with Brexit negotiations mounting in intensity and that all-important parliamentary vote now postponed, I wouldn't be at all surprised if ...

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Don't let Brexit stand in the way of environmental progress

Why are we still waiting? I’m sure my impatience is not unique as another month passes without the release of the Resources and Waste Strategy.

Expected at the end of November, the new legislation had no chance of being launched given the ...


The plastic debate needs to move forward

It’s been interesting to follow the twists and turns of the debate around plastics over the years.

Before it captured the attention of the public, the plastics debate largely centred inside the industry, with arguments over targets, ...


Regulation lags behind ambition for chemical recyclers

As the mounting scale of pollution from plastic waste reaches ever alarming proportions, chemical recycling processes, turning non-recyclable plastic into reusable fuel, oil and back into plastic, represent a landmark breakthrough in the battle to ...


Let's put an end to the waste industry 'manel'

I have just celebrated my 17th anniversary of starting in the resources and waste industry (wasterversary?).

I cut my teeth in the waste team at Dacorum Borough Council, based in the male-dominated depot, but within an all-female team. I ...


Why recycling is everybody's business

Buzzwords like ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainable’ shouldn’t just apply to households, its time businesses step up to their duty of care over waste.

The incentives — or deterrents — are there: producing too much waste will cost your ...


A huge time for the UK- and it's not just Brexit

Will 2019 be remembered – at least by those in the waste industry – for the UK’s new stance on plastic, packaging and other recycling issues?

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The UK needs more infrastructure to support a circular economy

The announcement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in the Autumn Budget that some of the income from the proposed tax on single-use plastics would be used to “improve the waste system” alongside wider action to tackle litter and single ...



Our impasse with the EU and on waste have to end

Brexit, for all its pitfalls, provides the freedom to run our economy, but what kind of economy do we want?

In September, a Guardian leader noted how the 2016 referendum has exposed “divisive contradictions at the heart of the ruling ...

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