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Project REDUCE Monitoring and Evaluation - Developing Tools to Measure Waste Prevention - WR0105

Description
The main objective of the research is to assess and test the possibility of producing a common set of tools or indicators that can be widely used by local authorities, central funding agencies and other stakeholders to measure the relative and absolute impact of waste prevention initiatives.
The collection of waste prevention data and monitoring activity is typically the responsibility of a range of agencies, which leads to wide variability in the methods of data collection, information collected and subsequent analysis so a further aim of the research is develop proposals for a standardised approach to monitoring but one which is also easy to use.
As each of the UK countries has some household waste prevention targets enshrined in their strategies, and resources are beginning to be allocated to waste prevention work, we would expect the results of the research and subsequent measurement tools to be useful to central agencies like Defra and WRAP and to be used by individual local authorities seeking to justify funding applications and making the case for investment in prevention as well as encouraging comparative work.

Currently there is a wide variety of approaches to measuring waste prevention activities and responsibility for this measurement is spread across a number of players. This means that measuring progress towards household waste minimisation targets in England will be very difficult. The overall aim of the programme of work is to assess whether it is possible to produce a set of tools/indicators that could be widely used at both a local and national level to improve the quality and quantity of measurement of household waste prevention activities. If the research identifies that this is possible then the aim is to test the use of some or all of these indicators to measure the impact of a trans-national waste prevention project in London.

Defra`s support for this project was requested on the basis that waste prevention targets are included in the English waste strategy, that some local authorities are beginning to invest in this area, but limited work is available on appropriate measurement tools or guidance on the use of the same. Such tools are required if we are to develop and measure the effectiveness of local, regional and national strategies to tackle household waste prevention effectively.
Objective
The main objective of this project was to assess and test the possibility of producing a common set of tools or indicators that can be widely used by local authorities, central funding agencies and other stakeholders to measure the relative and absolute impact of waste prevention initiatives.

The specific objectives were:

Phase A
1. To map and critically assess the current range of waste prevention activities and associated monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodologies currently used in the UK, particularly in relation to their efficacy and ease of use.

2. To develop a set of common waste prevention measurement tools and associated indicators to be used by local authorities and other stakeholders working in the area of waste prevention.


Phase B
3. To trial the set of monitoring tools and indicators developed in Phase A through three household waste prevention initiatives carried out in the Western Riverside area of London (made up of the 4 London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Lambeth).


Phase C
4. To bring together existing UK and European waste prevention experience
Project Documents
• Final Report : WR0105 "Project Reduce Monitoring and Evaluation - developing tools to measure waste prevention" - Final Report   (819k)
• Final Report - Annex : WR0105 "Project Reduce Monitoring and Evaluation - developing tools to measure waste prevention" - Annex 1: Campaign evaluation report   (336k)
• Final Report - Annex : WR0105 "Project Reduce Monitoring and Evaluation - developing tools to measure waste prevention" - Annex 2: Campaign evaluation report 'test the water'   (313k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2008

Cost: £118,380
Contractor / Funded Organisations
WasteWatch
Keywords
Composting              
Effective household waste prevention              
Environmental Performance              
Environmental Protection              
Establishing a sound database for waste management              
Indicators              
Local and Regional Government              
Method Development              
Monitoring and evaluation              
Recycling              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Resource Consumption and Management              
Techniques & methodolgies for waste management              
Tools              
Understanding resource flows              
Waste              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management