Rolling with London's bin menGuardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
How will spending cuts affect recycling targets and staff? Heydon Prowse meets bin men working in Westminster Heydon Prowse.
Can I be happy throwing away biodegradable products?Guardian Unlimited | 06 Mar 2011
Even with biodegradable consumables, there's no happy ending for our rubbish. There's that word again: biodegradable. It was most recently applied to the Royal Mail's rubber bands and offered up as an ameliorating factor after "£5m red rubber-band bill" headlines and allegations of littering. It is applied to all manner of consumer goods, from wool cardigans to sandwich wrappers and bin bags.
Energy efficiency- 'a win for all'Epolitix.com | 01 Mar 2011
Ahead of a Carbon Connect report launch in Parliament, Lord Teverson discusses how government and business can collaborate in promoting energy efficiency.
Bill Bryson launches battle against litter on railwaysGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Campaign led by the author aims to force Network Rail to fulfil its legal obligation to clear up rubbishStanding on a crowded, windswept railway platform can be dreary on a cold Monday morning, especially when it's filthy with crisp wrappers and drink cans. But in stations around the country, commuters are rising up and striking a blow against litter - even if they can't do anything about the weather.
Can I get junk mail and still be green?Guardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
Opt out of receiving junk mail, and it's a win/win proposition for both you and the planet. You don't need a crystal ball to predict ever-increasing piles of junk mail in the future. Junk mail is now crucial to the fortunes of postal services all over the world. In 2009, 11bn pieces of it were delivered in the UK alone. This is more than just irritating - it's an environmental nuisance.
Time to get a grip on our material worldGuardian Unlimited | 10 Jan 2011
The rubbish backlog on UK streets shows we need rules over the recyclability and longevity of our products. Bins are back in the news. It only takes a couple of missed collections, especially in the season of excess, to have irritable householders, beleaguered councils and sanctimonious ministers...
Can I recycle my old photographs and negatives?Guardian Unlimited | 04 Jan 2011
Is it possible to recycle prints as paper waste? Do negatives have toxic materials on them which need specialist handling? My new year's resolution is to cull my collection of old photographs. Can I recycle prints as paper waste and negatives or slides as plastic? Or should they all go to landfill? What about old black and white negatives? Do they have a significant amount of silver or other toxic materials coating them?
Councils accused of complacency as rubbish left to pile upGuardian Unlimited | 04 Jan 2011
A combination of severe weather and extended bank holidays has meant rubbish has been left to pile up across England. Councils have been accused of complacency over emptying dustbins as anger mounts over refuse that has been left to pile up on streets for up to a month in some parts of England. The local government minister Bob Neill said refuse removal was "one of the most basic services council taxpayers pay for" and condemned "a potentially unhealthy backlog of waste."
Letters: Nuclear threatsGuardian Unlimited | 15 Nov 2010
Am I alone in noting that UK civil nuclear infrastructures are uniquely implicated in all four "tier one" threats identified in the recent defence white paper (Report, 19 October)? Objectively, this point is as obvious to nuclear proponents as sceptics. First, few "terrorism targets" are more...
The world's best underwater photographsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Nov 2010
A collection of the year's best underwater photography, chosen by the judges of two major competitions - Our World Under Water and the fourth annual Deep International Underwater competition. The two competitions attracted more than 5,000 entries and winners were picked from 20 countries across the world. Prizes for the contests make up the largest prize pool for underwater photography, with $120,000 (£74,000) up for grabs
Can I throw out food and be green?Guardian Unlimited | 16 Oct 2010
The diet is working, but painfully slowly. An assortment of kerbside bins and an unashamedly back-to-basics lovefoodhatewaste.org campaign reduced the girth of the nation's black sacks and the amount of food waste going to landfill by 270,000 tonnes last year. But hold the celebration. UK households still throw out 8m tonnes of waste food every year - half of which is still edible.
What's the greenest way to wrap my lunch?Guardian Unlimited | 12 Oct 2010
Is is better for the environment to use clingfilm or aluminium foil to preserve your lunch for later? When I wrap my sandwiches in the morning, should I be using clingfilm or foil? Question posed via Twitter. This isn't the most pressing environmental crisis facing us today, but this niggling...
Why landfill mining could be the next big thingGuardian Unlimited | 11 Oct 2010
A new project that will reuse 16.5m tonnes of rubbish from a Belgian landfill site could help solve a host of environmental problems. It might sound like a load of old rubbish, but landfill mining could be the next resources idea to sweep Britain and the rest of Europe. UK company Advanced Plasma...
Letters: Industry defeatism on bottle refundsGuardian Unlimited | 04 Oct 2010
The Campaign to Protect Rural England's call to reintroduce bottle refund schemes in order to cut litter and increase recycling has received widespread support, including from the Guardian. The prime minister has promised to look sympathetically at the proposal. So it is very disappointing that industry bodies are trying to rubbish our research.
The bins that tidy | Owen HatherleyGuardian Unlimited | 24 Sep 2010
The fury such receptacles provoke is a measure of a society unable to confront the scale of its own waste. In Britain you can win a political argument by mentioning overflowing bins. Make the case as carefully as you like about the importance of strong unions, the pay and conditions of bin workers, debunk the myths of the winter of discontent - but the footage of mountainous binbags in Leicester Square, 1979, will still be the clincher.
Government announces waste stategy reviewFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 15 Jun 2010
Defra announces a review of England's waste strategy. The Environment Secretary must scrap incineration subsidies introduced by Labour and invest instead in waste prevention, anaerobic digestion and increased recycling - including a 75 per cent recycling target for England and stronger packaging...