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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 ...

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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 ...


Tax the problem, not the solution, Mr Hammond

The Chancellor has an opportunity in the upcoming Budget to set out a tax framework on plastics and recycling that makes the UK a world leader in sustainable resource management.

We have an indication of some of the measures he might ...


Conwy controversy shows how far we still need to go

Residents’ anger at the Welsh council’s move to provide monthly refuse collections reveals a lack of public engagement and failure of policy – not just locally, but nationally.

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The best it yet to come for anaerobic digestion

For once, food waste is a hot topic. Wonky veg is on the menu and retailers are pledging to reduce food waste all the way from farm to fork.

This is great news for climate change – after all, food waste is responsible for 8% of the ...


Ministers must not let our recycling efforts be wasted

Despite Parliament being in recess and government slowing down over the summer, the war on waste has not slowed down.

We have seen the public, local government and a government watchdog all arrive at a shared conclusion that government ...


The clock is ticking for a post-Brexit environmental policy

While our politicians were enjoying their summer recess, the rest of us were left scratching our heads on the question of the government’s environmental policy post-Brexit thanks to mixed and oblique messages.

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Environmental issues need passion

It's back to school for our politicians in what will no doubt be a turbulent time given the UK is set to leave the EU in just six months’ time.

As talks of deals and no deals rattle on, falling on the tired ears of the public no doubt, ...

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