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Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare

CAMPAIGN HERO: Lindsay Boswell of community food network FareShare

Matilda Lee

21st June, 2011

Inspiring businesses to reuse food that would have otherwise be sent to landfill, the pioneering group FareShare collects and distributes it to homeless shelters: feeding the needy, saving CO2 and diverting waste from landfill more...
Investigations

Monsanto agrees clean-up of toxic Brofiscin quarry in Wales

Tom Levitt

19th February, 2011

Environment Agency finds Monsanto, BP and Veolia liable for clean up after thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals - including PCBs, dioxins and Agent Orange derivatives - dumped in Welsh quarry more...
Investigations

Monsanto agrees clean-up of toxic Brofiscin quarry in Wales

Tom Levitt

19th February, 2011

Environment Agency finds Monsanto, BP and Veolia liable for clean up after thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals - including PCBs, dioxins and Agent Orange derivatives - dumped in Welsh quarry more...
Peterborough Renewable Energy Park (artist's impression)

UK can achieve 'zero waste' without incineration

Tom Levitt

5th October, 2010

Current 'dump it or burn it' mindset can only be resolved by moving away from incineration and landfill and aiming for a zero waste policy, say campaigners more...

Landfill could be greener than recycling when it comes to plastic bottles

Eric Johnson

8th September 2010

For regions with adequate space and little recycling infrastructure, disposing of bottles in landfill generates a lower carbon footprint than recycling or incineration... more...
A gas gauge in a meadow in FreshKills park

Can a landfill site ever return to nature?

Nick Kimbrell

6th July, 2010

One of the biggest landfill sites in the US is in the process of becoming a nature reserve and a recreation ground. Is this just papering over the cracks, or can our rubbish heaps really turn into something beautiful? more...
Seasonal recycling

Councils to reward recycling rather than tax waste

Ecologist

8th June, 2010

UK Government decides to scrap plans for a tax on bins, saying it would have 'fuelled fly-tipping', and says reward schemes will be more effective more...
Landfill

The Landfill Prize Top Ten

John Naish

16th February, 2010

Golf club shaped urinal anyone? Digital fridge magnet? Nominate your contenders for Britain's most useless consumer product before 22nd February...
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textiles

'Primark effect' still clogging up UK landfills

Ecologist

19th January, 2010

Calls to bring forward ban on recyclable material sent to landfill increase, as reports emerge of big increases in the quantity of textile waste being dumped more...
Battery recycling in Britain is very low

Recycling batteries: Why we need to do more

Chie Elliott

30th June, 2009

Less than three per cent of household batteries are currently recycled in Britain. Chie Elliott looks into why we're at the bottom of Europe's league tables more...
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CASE STUDY: recycling waste wood

Mel Poluck

9th June, 2009

Mel Poluck visits a flagship environmental project that rescues, reuses and recycles tonnes of wood destined for landfills, doing much the same for those it employs more...

UK losing £650m a year by binning and burning waste

Ecologist

7th October, 2009

A report from Friends of the Earth reveals the huge extent of the pollution and financial losses caused by our love of landfill and incineration more...

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Landfill

UK likely to miss landfill targets

Ecologist

28th September, 2009

Badly thought out waste policy could land the UK with a £0.5 billion fine more...
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Urban Composting

The Ecologist

1st February, 2005

Imagine you could turn 30 per cent of your household waste, at no cost, into high-quality compost for your plants, while also reducing toxic emissions from incinerator plants...
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Waste management proves a profitable business

Martin O'Brien

7th August, 2008

Martin O'Brien investigates how waste management has become a lucrative business. more...
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The scandal of planned technological obsolescence

Nick Kettles

6th August, 2008

Our economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, the that we seek our spiritual satisfaction in consumption… more...

Dark Days for Low Energy Light Bulbs

News

7th January, 2008

This month shops in the UK will begin to phase out traditional tungsten bulbs as part of a government plan to replace them completely by 2011 and save 5m tonnes of carbon emissions a year. However the current crop of low energy light bulbs are coming under criticism for causing skin complaints and migraines, releasing Mercury into the environment on disposal and not being as energy efficient as new LED equivalents. more...
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Behind the label:Tampons

Pat Thomas

27th November, 2007

From synthetic fibres to lethal dioxins, some sanitary products are a lot less innocent
than those glossy television ads would have women believe. Pat Thomas reports
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Incinerators: the lethal consequences of breathing fire

Pat Thomas

6th September, 2007

Despite the best efforts of the industry to rebrand and clean up incineration, the fact remains that today's incinerators still permit pollution. more...
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Are 'real nappies' a waste of time?

news

5th July, 2007

Last Friday, former waste minister Ben Bradshaw announced the end of the £30 million 'Real Nappy Campaign', claiming that "there was no significant difference between any of the environmental impacts of the disposable, home-use reusable and commercial laundry systems that were assessed". more...
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Waste not, want not

News

8th June, 2007

What is waste? In the natural world, the answer is nothing. In human society, the answer is whatever happens to be classified as waste. more...
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Irish eyes are smiling

News

30th May, 2007

Environment Secretary David Miliband's proposed reforms to the British waste collection system have caused no end of bitter debate. But would the public be more welcoming if the Secretary of State took a leaf out of Ireland's book? more...
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UPDATE: Environment Agency responds to the Ecologist's article

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

3rd April, 2007

Just over one week ago, the Ecologist posted a story on its website detailing the Environment Agency's failure to sue Monsanto for dumping tonnes of highly toxic chemicals in a Welsh landfill site. more...
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'Frisco votes to ban the bag

News

29th March, 2007

The local council in San Francisco, California, has set a precedent by becoming the first US city to vote to ban large supermarkets from handing out plastic bags, Reuters has reported. more...
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EXLUSIVE: How the Environment Agency is gagging one eyewitness to what is potentially one of the UK's biggest environmental crimes

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

22nd March, 2007

The Environment Agency (EA) is within weeks of letting Monsanto escape its liability for dumping thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals – including all the ingredients of the DDT defoliant Agent Orange – in two quarries in Wales. more...

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