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Evaluating the Costs of Waste to Value Management - WR0702

The costs of sustainable waste management result from a number of processes and the transport links between processes in the journey from ‘waste to ‘value’. Each of these individual material paths has their own specific characteristics and costs.

Attempting to cost and optimise ‘waste to value’ systems throughout the various material chains is difficult because of the interactions and considerable variation in origin, destination, material type and the intermediate processes involved.

While there has been research into the actual cost of various individual processes, little research is available on the structure and composition of costs throughout ‘waste to value’ chains.

This project seeks to identify the components of cost for each process and transport link to provide an insight into the cost structure of material supply chains and their sensitivities and capacity to respond to external change and for organisations to identify opportunities for process improvement.

The aim of the project is to identify the cost components of the nodes and links within various material ‘waste-to-value’ supply chains.

The costs of sustainable waste management result from the various processes and the transport links between processes. Whether the waste arises from domestic, commercial or industrial sources there are a multiplicity of potential logistic paths (process nodes and links) available and rationales for their selection. Each of these individual paths has their own specific characteristics and costs that will be identified.

The project responds directly to Theme 7.1 of the Defra Waste and Resources R&D Programme – Understanding the True Cost of Waste Management, and also contributes towards a number of the other themes.
The objectives of this proposal are to:

1. Identify the activity nodes and transport links for relevant material ‘waste to value’ supply chains, activities and processes.
2. Identify and confirm the cost components of the activities and processes in each of the supply chains identified in objective 1.

3. Undertake an initial evaluation of the ‘waste to value’ supply chain strengths and sensitivities based upon the costs components identified in objective 2.

4. Identify the scope for improvement in cost performance, priorities for action and system design, based on the evaluation undertaken in objective 3.
5. Determine any benefits of using Pathway Methodology or The Multiple Perspective Approach in improving cost performance or system design.
6. Evaluate the potential of using the cost component approach in an on-line tool in conjunction with our project partners.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Evaluating the costs of 'Waste to Value' Management   (502k)
• Executive Summary : Evaluating the Costs of 'Waste to Value' Management   (38k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2006

Cost: £129,700
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Ceres Logistics Ltd
Economic Research              
Environmental Protection              
Establishing a sound database for waste management              
Monitoring and evaluation              
Understanding the true cost of waste management              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management