Category: James’ Diary

21 Nov

Recycling tonnages all but flat

Something like a quarter of the UK’s 27.5 million dwellings are purpose-built flats or tenements, according to the 2011 Census, a percentage that in Scotland and some other regions is considerably higher. In London, for example, at least half of the population lives in flats. And the pressure to build new homes will continue to

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12 Aug

Why does plastic get such a bad rap?

We all use it. It’s part of everyday life. And, if you looked around you, I’m sure you’d find numerous plastic products in your eye line, immediately. But what do we really know about the substance? And why does it only seem to attract negative press? “Plastics ruin the environment – our oceans in particular!

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08 Jul

Horses for courses

You’re never too old to learn, they say. And despite more than 30 years of supplying sacks to the cleaning and janitorial market and local councils throughout the UK, I’m inclined to agree. I’ve been struck recently by the different approach taken by individual councils looking to address the issue of food waste collection, widely

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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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