Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

Waste Data – Could this be the turning point we are hoping for?

Posted by Simone Aplin on 5 February 2016

I am very excited to be speaking at the Associated Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) meeting on Monday 8th February at the launch of the RWM Ambassador’s report on the UK’s waste data. Ricardo Energy & Environment has been working on the report for some time and I spent last summer interviewing a wide range of stakeholders that use and/or collect waste data to gather their thoughts on what we currently have, what they need, and ideas about how data can be improved in terms of quantity and quality.

In, Out, In, Out, Shake it all about – municipal contracts and their future delivery models

Posted by Adam Read on 1 February 2016

The last week or so has seen a great deal of debate from waste management officers, contractors and consultants alike about whether or not insourcing of contracts, bringing them back in-house for delivery direct by an authority, is an opportunity or threat for the sector. This has culminated in a 1 day conference on the ‘re-municipalisation’ hosted in London where the benefits of in-souring were promoted by Liverpool City Council (collection services) and Warwickshire County Council (HWRC operations) whilst the value of the private sector was equally well argued by the likes of Viridor and Biffa, so just what is all the noise about?

Location, location, location

Posted by Stephen Wise, Principal Consultant on 1 February 2016

Over the last five years the waste treatment market landscape has changed from being focussed primarily on municipal waste treatment infrastructure to now having a significant focus on the development of infrastructure to treat commercial and industrial waste. This change has meant that waste operators, develops and funders have had to adapt to different business models that are not underpinned by a single large long term contract for the supply of waste. The market has become more fragmented and has seen the introduction of a wider range of treatment technology including conventional and advanced energy recovery, anaerobic digestion and alternative fuel production. Ricardo Energy & Environment has been at the forefront of developing tools to undertake analysis and provide support to help deliver this new waste treatment infrastructure. *FALCON *– a geographical information system (GIS) database is one such tool already providing valuable support to the market place.

Austerity’s ongoing challenges for local authority service provision

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 14 January 2016

12 months ago, the CIWM and Ricardo Energy & Environment published a report ‘* Waste on the front line – challenges & opportunities * ’ about the impacts of austerity on the UK’s local authority waste, recycling and street cleansing services. It provided a unique and timely view of how front line waste management services were having to adapt to falling budgets, and the opportunities this was presenting for innovation in service design, delivery and partnering. 

Planning for the 3 stages of waste contract procurement

Posted by Brian Mayne, Principal Consultant on 14 January 2016

12 months ago, the CIWM and Ricardo Energy & Environment published a report ‘* Waste on the front line – challenges & opportunities * ’ about the impacts of austerity on the UK’s local authority waste, recycling and street cleansing services. It provided a unique and timely view of how front line waste management services were having to adapt to falling budgets, and the opportunities this was presenting for innovation in service design, delivery and partnering. 

The value of public dialogue in planning

Posted by Sam Hinton, Consultant on 8 January 2016

I remember working on a town centre redevelopment proposal that was in line with the relevant local plans, receiving a warm reception from local planning officers but was opposed by some members of the public. Several angrily told me that the proposals would destroy the town because it would reduce town centre car parking spaces.

Waste sector to take greater responsibility for helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Posted by on 8 December 2015

Following the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, all nations will face a shared, but complex, challenge – turning their climate commitments into actions; achieving the envisaged economic and social co-benefits and moving towards a low carbon, climate-resilient future.

Where next for public engagement – lessons from Europe?

Posted by Robin Clarke, Principal Consultant on 3 December 2015

In November I attended the Engage 2020 conference in Brussels. Engage 2020 is a European Commission funded project to look at how public engagement can become more central to the Horizon 2020 programme. Horizon 2020 is the biggest ever EU Research and Innovation programme, with a budget of nearly €80 billion available until 2020. The conference presented the main outputs from the Engage 2020 project, but perhaps the real insight was about what is happening when it comes to public engagement in other countries and how this compares to what we are doing in the UK.

Data, Knowledge, Power, Progress?

Posted by Adam Read on 1 December 2015

With December upon us, and many of us taking time out to reflect back on the previous 12 months – the highs, the lows, the good and the bad. So I wanted to take a step back and reflect on something that has been an issue for those of us working in the waste & resources sector for the last 20 years, and which has time and again raised its head in the last 12 months - namely data.

From austerity comes innovation and revolution?

Posted by Adam Read on 2 November 2015

I must apologise upfront, but this will not be the longest of my regular blogs, nor will it be jammed packed with detail, data and fact. I am a little busy right now with work and our new house, so much of my spare time is now focused on reclaim, reuse and repair, making old furniture fit our new home and recycling artwork to suit the new colour scheme etc., that’s when I am not playing football, rugby and going swimming with my 3½ year old Avengers mad son that is!

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