Retired from Biffa in 2008. Now freelance commentator on sectoral strategic trends retained by property ,technology, recycling , venture capital and renewable energy companies as advisor, non-exec Director and in other capacities.For full update see www.ecolateral.org
Here we are 15 years down the road after "Mass Balance-London" and there is still a lack of regionally based power and heat load mapping which can be matched to the availability of re-usable "scrap" carbon that is otherwise incapable of economic re-use via material recycling , composting or AD.
No data will always = incoherency , lost chances and low productivity.
|Ho ho -this has only taken 20 years to penetrate! Why stop at Packaging I ask- what about the other 5 primary supply chains- automotive/transport , domestic furnishings , WEEE, clothing , chemicals & pharma ?
This is about a strategic concept for all the "stuff" in the cycle of domestic consumption- not just the wrapping!
Local authorities should be paid as agents on their behalf via the logistics and disposal chain operators.
Peter Jones OBE
Comment on: ESA bids to end 'ceaseless' capacity debates
Given the emergent /predicted trend for public finances, a government view favouring any transfer of risk from private to public purse will be a challenging ask. However an upside that involves legislation transferring risk and funding responsibility onto supply chains via EPR could revolutionise the sector by economies of scale and deliver far greater data integrity.
It will also be interesting to compare any Tolvik update to Appendix I in Biffa's "Future Perfect" offering costed 2020 options at 2002 prices ( ISBN 0-952-3922-3-2) 16 years back.
Comment on: Fourteen arrested over landfill tax fraud
Why the surprise? A classic example of what happens in the absence of an integrated data capture system based on independent double entry tonnage data. The I.T. has driven the cheque and credit card system for years. Applied in the resource area it would better inform policy and accelerate knowledge of abnormal flows within days.
Comment on: MEPs push for resource efficiency laws
Issues of design, quality and end market applications can be delivered in a low cost framework by offering material, product or Brand supply chains the option to fund and manage end life, circular economy systems for their material, product or brand.
Internalising such costs at point of sale offers substantive cost reductions for public funding of MSW and the carrot of a VAT offset to such trade bodies or brands will benefit overall Govt. borrowing needs.
Micromanagement by Government, bans and more regulatory targets are likely to be counterproductive - set the framework, internalise end management of materials at point of sale as a production cost and include as part of the audit process is the way forward.