James Illman's stories
AWCs are here to stay, Mr PicklesSubscription
MRW’s extensive research on the £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme published in July, which suggested that communities secretary Eric Pickles’ campaign to rid England of alternate weekly bin collections (AWCs) was failing, met a hostile reception from ministers.
Councils have emphatically snubbed communities secretary Eric Pickles’ £250m “bribe” to return to weekly rubbish collections, exclusive research confirms.
WRAP publishes EfW guide Subscription
A guide for businesses looking at developing smaller-scale energy from waste facilities (EfW) has been launched by WRAP.
It has long been a frustration for senior figures in the waste industry that as soon as a minister or official gets their head around the sector, they leave.
Waste minister Lord Taylor leaves DefraSubscription
Lord Taylor has left his post as waste minister to join the Home Office in a surprise late twist in the prime minister’s reshuffle.
A guide on how councils can squeeze savings out of their waste contracts is to be published this autumn, as emails obtained by MRW about a similar pilot exercise reveal problems in “finding a joint direction”.
As environment minister, John Gummer - now Lord Deben - was responsible for introducing the landfill tax. James Illman spoke to him about how he would refresh England’s waste policy if he was in charge
Deben declares support for waste separation campSubscription
John Major’s environment secretary Lord Deben has waded into the debate surrounding waste collection methods, and raised concerns about the number of climate change sceptics in Whitehall.
Waste chiefs deliver mixed response on PatersonSubscription
Waste industry groups have delivered a mixed verdict on new environment secretary Owen Paterson, who appears more likely to prioritise economic growth over building the Government’s green credentials.
Paterson must embrace EfW says REA Subscription
Renewable energy chiefs have made a plea to new environment secretary Owen Paterson to “embrace the waste to energy agenda” after it emerged he wants to ditch all energy subsidies.