Posts Tagged “recycling”

Eric Pickles wins Talking Rubbish prize

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2011

A few weeks ago, the Voice highlighted that three Tory ministers — Eric Pickles, Carloline Spelman and Bob Neill — were up for a very special gong: the Friends of the Earth Talking Rubbish Award to help debunk the myths peddled by right-wing newspapers and some Tory ministers who ‘like to trash recycling’. Well, after […]

Which Tory minister do you think is Talking Rubbish most? Spelman, Pickles or Neill?

by Stephen Tall on April 6, 2011

Friends of the Earth is inviting the public to help decide the winner of its Talking Rubbish Award to help debunk the myths peddled by right-wing newspapers and some Tory ministers who ‘like to trash recycling’. The three nominees are as follows: The myth: Recycling means everyone is terrified of the ‘bin police’ “The iron […]

Coalition to rule out ‘pay as you throw’ waste charge – but why do they think it’s their job?

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2010

The Guardian reports: Ministers are expected to announce that they are scrapping Labour plans to introduce “pay as you throw” rubbish schemes. Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, and Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, will confirm that they will end schemes in which people are charged for household waste collections or for producing too much rubbish. […]

Swinson slams eggs-ess packaging (geddit?)

by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2009

As you prepare to devour your innocent-looking Easter eggs this holiday weekend, bear in mind this piece of research by Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson: Easter eggs only take up 40% of their packaging, and remain one of the most (…)

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Plastic bags: forget the ad campaign, just tax them

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2009

Today’s Mirror reports on the Government’s latest initiative to cut down on pastic bag use – an advertising campaign: The average shopper uses 13,000 plastic bags in their lifetime, according to a study. Research by the Department of Environment said (…)

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Waste and recycling in Waverley – the Lib Dem response

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2009

Lib Dem Voice mentioned here on Monday the Financial Times’s report on the political pitfalls of waste and recycling collections, highlighting the electoral troubles it caused the Lib Dem group in Waverley in 2007. In today’s paper, Waverely Lib Dem (…)

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Waste and recycling collections: the political perils

by Stephen Tall on March 2, 2009

Today’s Financial Times reports on the electoral situation at Waverley council, where the Lib Dem group was reduced from 27 seats to three in the 2007 local elections after introducing fortnightly waste collections to boost recycling rates. It also notes (…)

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