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Estimates of Commercial and Industrial Waste Generation in England in 2012 - EV0804

This project will obtain data on Commercial & Industrial waste arisings for 2012 to support the submisison of data to Eurostat on C & I waste arisings; it will also help reconcile some previous data disparities between waste arisings and treatment, which need to be explained to the Commission in greater detail..
This project is critical for meeting the policy aim of returning waste arisings data to the Eurostat database by June 2014 at the latest.

The project will obtain estimates of waste generation in 2012 by the Commercial and Industrial sector according to type of material and type of business. These estimates need to be consistent with Defra’s estimates of waste disposal at landfill and incinerator sites based on administrative permit data. Consistency must take into account levels of recycling and reuse and imports and exports of waste. The estimates must be based on evidence and show a clear audit trail from final estimate back to evidence sources. The project will identify casues of inconsistencies in our current understanding of C&I waste arisings, thought to be due to overlaps and incompatibiliities between the various codings used to categorise waste arisings.

As part of the project Defra’s existing estimates of waste generation in 2010 by industry and material for the Commercial and Industrial sector need to be revised. The revised estimates must be consistent with Defra’s estimates of waste disposal by material in 2010. The estimates for 2010 and 2012 will be consistent with each other and directly linked with trend evidence.

Evidence will be obtained from any and many sources. Although a detailed statistically robust survey of the Commercial and Industrial sector is cost prohibitive there is the possibility to carry out small surveys and/or interviews with business experts to extend the evidence base.

The estimates will be fit-for-purpose in terms of national trends and international comparisons. This means well-documented sources accompanied by a good assessment of quality and clear paths from estimates back to data sources.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final Project Report   (1531k)
• ANX - Annex : Analysis of Waste Definitions and Implications for UK Waste Data Reporting   (334k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2015

Cost: £66,140
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Sinclair Knight Merz (Europe) Ltd