I have been invited in my capacity as an Advisor at Ditto Sustainability to talk in their sponsored session at Edie Live on May 22nd 2019 about sustainability in business. This has led me to refresh myself on how businesses are facing the challenges we know we have globally; climate change, plastics pollution, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and so on While we are all now starting to understand that these are huge challenges, I remain optimistic. Mankind has the technologies, the money and the political frameworks to make those changes happen. That being said, can we turn the ship fast enough?
I was sickened to read this week that a whale was beached dead with 40 kilos of plastic waste in its stomach. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47608949 Another piece of evidence that demonstrates how plastic waste is destroying the natural (and human) environments. What more do we need to know before something changes?
On the 18th February the Government published a series of documents asking for the public views on key areas of waste management. Resident expert David Newman has compiled the top five things you need to know from the consultations. You can find out more and have your say by visiting the Gov.uk
*As many powers are already devolved to Scotland and Wales, these consultations mainly concern England.
On November 29th I was invited to join Liz Bonnin, BBC environmental documentarist, to talk at the Royal Geographic Society on how we as a Planet are ‘drowning in plastics’ a documentary originally produced by the BBC in September. The panel discussion included Richard Thompson, Marine Biologist, Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder of A Plastics Planet and Research, Stephanie Wright from Kings College London.
Liz opened the event illustrating how plastics have entered every part of our lives, from oceans to small villages in Indonesia.
Phew, what a scorcher! The Beast from the East was just a few months earlier! California burns. Australian farmers slaughter sheep and cattle as New South Wales is declared a 100% drought state. Temperatures in Portugal and Spain reach 45C; Ireland and the UK seen from space are brown – what happened to the Emerald Isle?
It's called climate change...
No, this is not an article about ninja warriors but about how Chinese policies on waste have impacted recycling and waste management in the UK (and elsewhere).
A bit of history...
The recent report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) that Defra was not considering mandatory food waste collections in England will disappoint many and make others happy.
The losers will be the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and compost plants, starved of quality food waste to treat, with many close to bankruptcy. The winners will be the landfill and incinerator operators that will have another 4-5 million tonnes of food waste annually to burn or dump. And with waste producers paying some £120 a tonne to send the waste to their plants, it adds up to a significant amount of money.
In between the winners and losers are the councils. As LARAC (The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee) quite rightly say...