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Integrated Systems for Practical Recovery on Non-MSW Waste Streams - WR0205

The overall purpose of the research was to provide a robust and practical method of integrating data collection, planning and delivery on the ground of integrated infrastructure and services for handling non-MSW waste with maximum resource recovery. The work focused on the development and application of effective systems for use across a range of business types, with particular attention to meeting the needs of SMEs. The aim was to develop a system that can provide companies with information on matching locally-based waste / recycling services that will facilitate recovery of materials, and that can capture the data needed to form a basis for integrated facilities planning by the commercial, public and voluntary sectors. The project provides a model that can be rolled out across the country at local and regional scales.

The research can develop a robust and practical method for recovery of non-MSW waste streams. It can thus form a key element in the move towards implementation of a materials resource strategy and provide a reliable method of capturing both location and composition data of waste streams essential for integrating service facilities on a local/regional basis.
1. From existing databases and information to prepare a Geographical Information system (GIS) for Hampshire including details of public service waste management infrastructure, private sector resource recovery enterprises, and commercial waste disposal contractors.

2. To develop an existing `smart questionnaire` into a self-use web-based tool for data acquisition that will provide comparative data to waste producers on their own resource efficiency by relating their waste production to that of similar businesses in the same sector, and give immediate feedback on locally available services that will allow effective resource recovery in place of disposal.

3. To carry out trials of the system in specific industrial area(s). The trials will identify: i) practical opportunities for integration of existing infrastructure and logistics for C&I wastes; and ii) the potential for use as a planning tool for development of new locally-based services and resource recovery parks, and/or for integration into larger-scale material reclamation facilities with shared public sector usage.

4. By exploring business perception of these issues and analysing response rates, to identify effective methods of communicating information and promoting changes in waste management practice for non-MSW waste streams from the C&I sector.

5. To prepare detailed guidelines allowing roll-out of the approach outside the Hampshire area.

6. To take these concepts forward for development not only with public organisations, local government and major waste contractors, but also with the increasing number of entrepreneurial voluntary groups operating in the municipal waste sector.
Project Documents
• Final Report : WR0205 “Integrated systems for practical recovery of non-MSW waste streams” – Final report   (2362k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £183,548
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Southampton
incl. processing and reprocessing              
Encourage change in resource use/waste generation              
Environmental Protection              
Establishing a sound database for waste management              
Policy Development              
Sorting systems              
Systems for Resource Recovery              
Understanding waste composition and trends              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management