Changes in policy can have unexpected results. Take the shift to less frequent residual waste collections, for example. Despite the encouragement the last government gave to maintaining weekly collections, around three quarters of councils now collect residual waste fortnightly from kerbside properties.
ReFood Commercial Director Philip Simpson suggests the recently announced £200-million waste budget boost for local authorities is masking rising landfill disposal costs, for which there are economic alternatives.
With European guidance still going through the bureaucratic process and national policy seemingly well down the pecking order, local and regional authorities can take the reins and steer their areas into a more circular way of living.
With the packaging industry recently promoting itself as a key part in the circular economy answer, the European Environmental Bureau’s Piotr Barczak argues that single-use packaging is not the way to avoid Europe producing waste.
Following increasing pressure to cut food waste, some supermarket chains have launched discount lines for misshapen produce. Farming industry insider Mark Palmer says that the practice could be wonkier than the veg…
Eunomia Chairman Dominic Hogg reflects on how the British public’s decision to leave the EU will affect the waste and recycling industry, and what we must do to ensure we forge a forward-looking future.