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Cost and performance of kerbside collection schemes - WR0225

This is a collaborative project led by WRAP, building upon earlier work that compared the predictive capability of different waste collection cost models under a range of scenarios. Phase 2 will use KAT (Kerbside Analysis Tool) which was identified as amongst the most robust of the available tools in Phase 1.

Having confirmed the utility of the modelling approach, Phase 2 will use modelling to investigate the performance potential and costs of alternative kerbside collection systems and so establish what good practice can realistically deliver in different local authority contexts. This will provide an evidence base against which actual local authority performance can be assessed and to identify potential routes for optimising schemes.

The ultimate intention of this project is to better inform decision making on the suitability, expected performance and costs of alternative collection systems in different contexts and so contribute to a range of Government priorities such as:

• Contributing to achieving higher national recycling and waste diversion targets and the new national indicators for waste (Waste Strategy 2007);
• Continuing to secure improvements in local authority performance through the new local government performance framework and Local Area Agreements;
• Guidance on cost-effective approaches to collecting packaging waste from the household waste stream for recycling (Packaging targets);
• Addressing issues around the quality of recyclate achievable from different collection systems;
• More efficient procurement and delivery of services (linking with the efficiency agenda)
The aim of this project is to create a robust evidence base on the performance levels and costs that can be expected of kerbside collection methods in different local authority contexts. The principal focus will be on dry recyclables and residual waste. The impact of garden and food waste collection may be considered in light of findings and other on-going WRAP work.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1) To characterise the principal collection methods currently used, drawing on WRAP’s on-going analysis of WasteDataFlow data for 2005/06
2) To determine characteristics of representative local authorities influencing collection scheme performance
3) To apply modelling techniques to determine ‘good practice’ levels of performance that could be anticipated in these local authority contexts
4) To undertake a ‘reality check of the modelling outputs with the actual costs of high performing authorities (or their contractors)
5) To produce a guide for local authorities and stakeholders on good practice on the selection and optimisation of collection schemes

Project Documents
• Final Report : Costs and Performance of Kerbside Collection Schemes   (1482k)
• Final Report - Annex : Technical Annex to Final Report (Costs and Performance of Kerbside Collection Schemes)   (13133k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2008

Cost: £40,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
Decision Support              
Decision Support Tools              
Environmental Protection              
Evaluation of current waste management policies              
Indicators and benchmarking              
Waste collection and handling systems              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management