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  • Eric Pickles

    AWCs are here to stay, Mr PicklesSubscription

    Insight28 September, 2012

    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.

  • 400-pickles-bins-exclusive

    We spoke to all councils: an emphatic 'no' to ditching AWCsSubscription

    News28 September, 2012

    Councils have emphatically snubbed communities secretary Eric Pickles’ £250m “bribe” to return to weekly rubbish collections, exclusive research confirms.

  • efw-wrap

    WRAP publishes EfW guide Subscription

    News12 September, 2012

    A guide for businesses looking at developing smaller-scale energy from waste facilities (EfW) has been launched by WRAP.

  • James Illman

    Defra’s revolving door leaves waste sector facing policy hiatus  Subscription

    Opinion7 September, 2012

    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.

  • 400_Lord_Taylor

    Waste minister Lord Taylor leaves DefraSubscription

    News7 September, 2012

    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.

  • Sheffield EfW Clugstone Construction

    Defra guide on squeezing waste contracts due in autumnSubscription

    News7 September, 2012

    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”.

  • Lord Deben

    Big interview: Lord Deben - pioneer peer of landfill taxSubscription

    Insight7 September, 2012

    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

  • Owen Paterson

    Waste chiefs deliver mixed response on PatersonSubscription

    News6 September, 2012

    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.

  • Lord Deben

    Deben declares support for waste separation campSubscription

    News6 September, 2012

    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.  

  • Owen Paterson

    Paterson must embrace EfW says REA Subscription

    News5 September, 2012

    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.

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