Category: James’ Diary

23 Jun

Food for thought

As someone with a particular interest in food waste, not least the disparate ways in which local councils tackle this important waste stream, I eagerly accepted a recent invitation to tour, with a colleague, the GWE Biogas anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Driffield, East Yorkshire, where food waste is converted into green energy and fertiliser.

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04 Jun


As I drive along Britain’s motorways it occurs to me time and time again that there can hardly be a 100 metre stretch anywhere in the country that isn’t littered with some discarded item or other. And it’s not always packaging, though I suppose by its very nature it is lightweight packaging that normally presents

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05 May

PooPrints comes to Barking

My initial interest turned to amazement as I read a piece about DNA dog waste identification, brought to my attention through the wonders of the Internet newsfeed. A company in the US called BioPet Vet LA has developed a DNA-based system for use by local authorities to identify pet deposits left by irresponsible pet owners.

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31 Mar

Nepal Plastic Bag Ban

There’s a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu, There’s a little marble cross below the town; There’s a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew, And the Yellow God forever gazes down. Now it seems the madness has spread to the whole valley because in three weeks’ time Nepal will implement a

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