The Politics of Waste

5 Jul 2021 |
Paul Taylor, FCC Environment

The next few years look set to be rather turbulent for the waste and resources sector. New legislation, which will fundamentally impact how we work, will be coupled with the race to net zero and the need to adapt to a post Covid-19 world, will undoubtedly present many challenges for us.

To better understand these challenges, but to also understand the opportunities for the industry in the run up to 2024 General Election, we launched our report, ‘Mapping the Politics of Waste’.

Committed to cleaning up waste, Cromwell tracks trash trends

2 Jul 2021 |
Litter analysis by Cromwell Polythene shows a sharp rise in glass and tin, whilst 60% think strewn dog waste is due to laziness and vandalism

Cromwell Polythene, which supplies products for the capture and containment of materials for recycling is passionate about reducing waste. As part of this commitment, it recently held a litter picking activity and is also conducting research into dog waste specifically.

The results from their voluntary clean-up, during June, to support The Great British Spring Clean 2021, indicate a sharp jump in discarded glass bottles and tin cans. The activity also saw a significant increase in PPE compared to their previous litter pick undertaken in September 2020, for Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British September Clean.

3 ways to tell your waste management system isn’t up to scratch

1 Jul 2021 |
Mike Nicholls, Commercial Director, Whitespace Waste Management Software

As a local authority, you’re under pressure to perform on a tight budget – maximising the lifespan of your technology. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade out-of-date software, because it’s holding you back?

Remember these top reasons why we recycle

28 Jun 2021 |
says Ian Upstone, LARAC SE rep from, Cherwell District Council

The world of recycling never stands still. With The Environment Bill under consultation it’s clear that big changes are coming down the track.

I welcome the consistency that the Bill is intended to create, but whatever final form it takes, it’s clear that headline-grabbing requirements, like the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), will take a good while to actually roll out across local authority areas.

The Health & Safety At Work etc Act 1974 – Back to basics!

23 Jun 2021 |
Ashley Wild, LARAC Health and Safety

Anyone who has a level of responsibility for Health & Safety in their workplace should have an understanding of the Health & Safety At Work etc Act (HSWA) 1974 . Granted, it’s a significant beast but it’s the principle piece of statute law regulating health and safety in the workplace of every industry. Based on my own experience, the key points below are the more common areas enforced by the HSE with Section 2 being particularly relevant to the waste industry: