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Country's first zero-waste town

Country's first zero-waste town

Dunbar in East Lothian is set to become the first zero-waste town in Scotland, the country's environment minister Richard Lochhead announced last week.

 

Latest Knowledge Bank

Housing myth goes up in smoke

05th August, 2014, Waste Planning

Long-term house prices are unaffected by modern energy-from-waste plants, according to recent research. Stuart Wagland explains how this surprise finding may knock the wind out of anti-incinerator groups

 
 

Breaking down anaerobic digestion

05th August, 2014, Waste Planning

The deployment of anaerobic digestion is increasing rapidly but the path to progress could be blocked by funding issues. Michael Goldsworthy and Rhona McDonald-Bennett look at the potential and pitfalls outlined in a recent report

 
 
Waste crime and punishment

Waste crime and punishment

05th August, 2014, Waste Planning

Inconsistent punishments for waste crimes meted out from judges has prompted new sentencing guidelines. Cairo Nickolls explains why these are expected to lead to higher fines for waste operators and businesses

 
 
Waiter! More doggy bags, please

Waiter! More doggy bags, please

05th August, 2014, Waste Planning

A unique, off-beat pilot in top Scottish restaurants aims to prevent the equivalent of one in six meals ending up in the bin. Andrew Pankhurst looks at the designer doggy bags set to reduce restaurant food waste

 
 
 

Latest Casework

ELV centre held to be acceptable in mixed use area

18th August, 2014, Waste Planning

Lancashire County Council has approved the change of use of premised in Accrington from a car dealership showroom to vehicle parts sales and end-of-life-vehicle centre with associated uses.

 
 

HWRC site consent extended for two years pending redevelopment

18th August, 2014, Waste Planning

A household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in Kendal with a throughput of 4,593 tonnes a year has been allowed to continue for a further two years until August 2016 by Cumbria County Council.

 
 

Growth of on-farm compost facility near Malvern allowed

18th August, 2014, Waste Planning

Worcestershire County Council has allowed amendments to a consent for an open windrow green waste composting facility to increase throughput and to allow sales of compost off-site.

 
 

Clay export refused despite not having significant environmental impact

18th August, 2014, Waste Planning

West Sussex County Council has refused amendments to a proposal to import waste for landscape improvements at Knepp Castle in West Grinstead and to extend the timescale for completion.

 
 

Latest Comment

What's there not to like about charging for a single-use bag?

What's there not to like about charging for a single-use bag?

05th August, 2014, Waste Planning

In July, Zero Waste Scotland launched a "carrier bag commitment" for retailers, ready for the introduction of single-use carrier bag charging in October. The carrier bag commitment will recognise businesses that donate the proceeds of the 5p bag char...

 
 
Local planning authorities are becoming more confident about enforcing rules

Local planning authorities are becoming more confident about enforcing rules

05th August, 2014, Waste Planning

Forward planning namely preparing, monitoring and reviewing an area s planning policies often has a higher profile in land development than planning enforcement. Given that the likelihood of securing planning permission for any development, with ...

 
 
Government must stop taking a back seat

Government must stop taking a back seat

04th June, 2014, Waste Planning

Although we still rely on landfill to a significant degree, we are no doubt an industry in steady transition towards a new "resource" economy. It is a difficult journey that requires a wholesale change in the way waste producers and our industry d...

 
 
Frustrating non-specialist judges get short shrift with introduction of Planning Court

Frustrating non-specialist judges get short shrift with introduction of Planning Court

04th June, 2014, Waste Planning

The nature of waste schemes means many operators may have some familiarity with the courts as a result of, say, resisting a challenge to a consent or in disputing enforcement proceedings. One very real frustration can be the determination of comple...