Category Archives: Recycling

Sub-category to Resource Stewardship

The huge wasted economic opportunity of inconsistent recycling

Our new report, Wasted opportunities, marks the end of the second year for the Circular Economy Task Force of leading businesses. It reveals that outdated recycling systems are losing the UK economy £1.7 billion in wasted plastics, electronics and food. The report comes at a … Continue reading

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What the Green Investment Bank’s first project tells us about funding green infrastructure

‘On time and on budget’ are five words any project promoter loves to be able to boast, especially for a first project. One year and five months after the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was set up, its first project has … Continue reading

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How retailers can help the UK get more circular – and profit from it

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. What comes to mind when you think of the British economy? A land of supermarkets and call centres? If so, you wouldn’t be far wrong, as retail business accounts for one fifth of our … Continue reading

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More jobs, less carbon: why we need landfill bans

Our latest infographic below shows the benefits to the UK economy of keeping resources out of landfill. [click on the image to expand]

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Greens should keep their powder dry: Brussels doesn’t always know best

This post is by Matthew Farrow, director of policy at the Environmental Services Association, writing in a personal capacity. I recently attended a judicial review hearing for the first time. The subject was Defra’s interpretation of certain parts of the … Continue reading

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Why we’d be mad to leave the EU (hint: the public quite likes clean beaches)

This is a guest post by Caroline Jackson, former MEP and chairman of the European Parliament environment committee from 1999-2004. “We need to examine whether the balance is right in so many areas where the European Union has legislated, including on … Continue reading

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The circular economy: big in Japan

This post is by Jonny Hazell, policy assistant on our Resource Stewardship theme. When it comes to the ways in which stuff is made, consumed, and disposed of, there’s a lot the UK could learn from Japan. Japanese recycling rates are … Continue reading

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Which raw materials pose the biggest business risk?

I wrote about Chatham House’s report on resource futures last month, which provides a detailed and comprehensive look at how underlying environmental stress contributes to material insecurity. Green Alliance’s contention is that addressing material insecurity means tackling the underlying environmental … Continue reading

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How creating pop-up cafes and homework clubs can encourage people to save energy

This post is by Green Alliance policy assistant Jonny Hazell, who worked on Waste Watch’s Our Common Place project, which has recently published a report on its first year. Waste Watch’s Our Common Place programme emerged from the simple idea … Continue reading

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Towering ambitions: bringing sustainable living to high rise homes

This post is based on our new report Towering ambitions, which is launched today. There are around 390,000 flats in high rise blocks in England, and they weren’t designed for low carbon living. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be … Continue reading

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