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Energy from Waste v Incineration. Are they the same thing?

In short, "yes". But before I dive into the detail, let me ask you this... 'Have you ever wondered what the difference is?' Do you even care what the difference is?! As a business, or enterprise, if you produce waste and you probably do, then you may want to read further...

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The evolving role of the waste contractor

For those of us who’ve worked in or with the waste industry for a while, it certainly feels like times are changing. A public obsession with single use plastics, rallying cries for better food waste segregation and management, and the emergence of the new agenda in town: the circular economy.

So what does this mean for the oft maligned waste management contractor? How does its role need to adapt and evolve to respond to the progressively more outspoken ethical consumers?

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RWM: Is my waste contractor ripping me off?!

Around 20,000 recycling, waste, resources and sustainability professionals will head to Birmingham’s NEC for RWM Exhibition on 12-13 September 2018. The industry’s most influential names and organisations will attend to discover the environmental innovations shaping the sector.

Join us at stand 4G101. We're also hosting two rather distinct seminars on Wednesday and Thursday...

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Climate change: A scorching August update

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...

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The Chinese Sword and all hell has broken loose

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...

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WHITEPAPER: Achieving the SDGs: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

This edie insight report, produced in collaboration with Ditto Sustainability, provides clear, practical steps that can be taken by sustainability and CSR professionals to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation’s business strategy.

You can download our report from edie below...

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Why don’t we have food waste collections across the UK?

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...

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The role of AI in sustainability

People have a perception of AI (Artificial Intelligence) which is negative – they are afraid of what robots and the invasion of privacy through technologies will do to our lives. They fear jobs will be lost. They also have only a vague idea of what 'circular economy' means. Indeed Dan Botterill (Ditto Sustainability CEO) recently asked a room of (100+) people to define 'circular economy' in ten seconds. Just four people thought they could. So combining AI (fear) with circular economy (ignorance) equals a lack of understanding of how one can develop the other. 

That is a gigantic, missed opportunity...

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'Will the Circular Economy Save the Planet?' Of course it will

We had a really interesting time together at Ditto Sustainability's event on 27 June at the City of London offices of investor, IP Group. The subject of discussion was 'Will the Circular Economy save the Planet?' and about 50 of us crowded the rooftop room. I acted as compere for this afternoon meeting, and this was really fun because the speakers were well informed, sharp, and up to the task of replying to some rather provocative questions from me and the audience.


Here's the video of the day...

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Get your head out of the sand! AI is shaking up consultancy

Fresh from an epic Netflix binge of the latest Altered Carbon series, I'm feeling very futuristic. Partly excited, partly overwhelmed with what is clearly going to happen to us all over the next century. That is, on the assumption we do survive as a human race and climate change doesn't obliterate us before we can colonise space...  

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