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Delivering Data for Monitoring the Waste Strategy 2007 - WR1101

Waste Strategy 2007 included a number of indicators and targets to measure its performance. Data for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) are regarded as ‘absolute’ (i.e. input data are actual, measured statistics with no associated error margins) utilising the Government’s WasteDataFlow system. Apparently less robust are the techniques for measurement and recording of data for Construction & Demolition (C&D) and Commercial & Industrial (C&I) waste streams. Waste Strategy 2007 identifies the Environment Agency 2002/3 survey as the most reliable source for C&I and C&D data. This source has been widely criticised for its inaccuracy in recording data and the requirement to record data on a more frequent, annual basis. If more informed decisions are to be made regarding development of waste management strategy, a robust accurate database for C&D and C&I waste streams is required.

This research aims to address this deficiency in data collection and management of these waste streams. It will identify new approaches and techniques for developing a more robust and accurate database. The research will focus on data to measure the Waste Strategy indicators, specifically addressing C&D and C&I:

· Waste arisings (tonnes)
· Waste re-used, recycled or composted (%)
· Waste landfilled (tonnes)

The research will utilise key stakeholder consultation to determine the best approaches to fill data gaps before concluding with a clear action plan (with timeline of implementation) to deliver data collation for C&D and C&I waste streams that like MSW will be regarded as ‘absolute’.

In evaluating the different approaches for filling data gaps and improving accuracy of data collected, several factors will be considered including:

· Drivers e.g. legislation demands and changes, accuracy of data recording method
· Barriers e.g. costs, training requirements of data recording staff, technology requirements (computer systems)
· Benefits of approach e.g. ease of implementation, ability to respond to changing environment i.e. legislation, security and resilience of systems, consistency in approach and robustness of data.

The Waste Data Strategy will deliver key data for monitoring the Waste Strategy 2007, but further data development is required to monitor some indicators and targets particularly relating to arisings of Construction & Demolition waste and Commercial & Industrial waste. The research will seek to determine the most efficient and effective solutions for filling these gaps, identifying and evaluating different approaches to addressing such issues. The research will conclude through identifying recommendations and a strategy plan for delivering a robust and accurate data evidence base to support more informed waste policy development.

Though Municipal Solid Waste is included in the Waste Strategy key indicators, data are collected through the WasteDataFlow system, the results of which are considered to be ‘absolute’ (i.e. input data are actual, measured statistics with no associated error margins) and are therefore outside the scope of this project. The project will focus on the Commercial & Industrial and Construction & Demolition waste streams. These streams have been identified as areas where data are less robust.

The work will be delivered through two project partners AEA Energy & Environment and Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE). Each project partner will utilise their expertise in C&I and C&D (respectively) waste data collection and validation. The proposed approach to the research anticipates completion of the following activities:

· Project Inception Report - Review of data available from Environment Agency systems
· Objective 1 - Review of existing data collection techniques and quality for C&I and C&D waste streams
· Objective 2 - Analysis of required data collection and quality to provide a robust and accurate evidence base to measure the key indicators identified in the Waste Strategy 2007
· Objective 3 - Evaluation of approaches for improving data collection techniques
· Objective 4 - Key stakeholder consultation on recommendations for improving data collation based upon the evaluation of approaches from Objective 3:
· Objective 5 - Action plan for delivering recommendations on data improvement
· Objective 6 - Effective dissemination and reporting of results
Project Inception Report – Review of research aims, objectives, methodology and boundaries

The final report for this project is accessible through Defra`s ESI pages, via the following link:
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2008

Cost: £54,860
Contractor / Funded Organisations
AEA Energy & Environment
Decision Support Tools              
Environmental Protection              
Evaluation of current waste management policies              
Monitoring and evaluation              
Policy Analysis/Evaluation              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management