Waste modelling and analysis support

Waste modelling and analysis support

Comprehensive waste modelling and analysis support

The waste sector is on a digital transformation journey. As consultants that help councils and waste management companies consider service changes and operational improvements, we believe the industry is currently somewhere between digitisation and digitalisation.

Some organisations are still using paper weighbridge tickets and tonnage data is often presented in a range of “in-house” spreadsheet formats which have been designed by officers to help with waste data flow returns, KPI reporting or paying invoices. However, elements of digital transformation are beginning to appear and can occur rapidly.

Digital transformation offers a raft of opportunities and potential risks for the waste sector. Ricardo can help you wherever you are in this transition and help you to build digital solutions into your service delivery and make the most of the data you already collect.

Waste and resource management strategy consultancy

Ricardo works with public and private sector clients to develop robust deliverable waste strategies and implementation plans. All of our strategic advisory support is underpinned by data analysis. Our range of tools and models incorporate:

  • Waste flows
  • Forecasting future waste arisings
  • Infrastructure requirements
  • Collection system performance
  • Carbon impact
  • Recycling performance
  • Cost modelling
  • Decision making and options assessment
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Waste market research

Ricardo can support you by gathering and analysing relevant datasets to inform your business decisions. We take an analytical approach to waste market research; we either use robust existing data or make credible assumptions to which we apply sensitivities and certainty ranges.

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Service reviews and benchmarking

Ricardo monitors and benchmarks performance, and prepares operational action plans to help deliver improvements. Such reviews can be performed throughout the contract cycle, but are particularly valuable when a contract is coming up for review.

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TEEP assessment

Our TEEP (technically, environmentally and economically practicable) assessment services are underpinned by our service review and benchmarking expertise as well as a robust waste collections model and TEEP assessment tool. 

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Waste sector carbon tool

Ricardo's bespoke carbon tool enables councils not only to evaluate their current performance, but also, to test possible future interventions, to understand where their best saving opportunities may lie in order to map their journey to net zero.

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Life cycle assessment (LCA)

LCA is an established method for assessing the environmental (and sometimes social) impacts of a product, service, business, policy or process. Many of our clients opt for a high-level scoping LCA initially, and then use the findings to drive and focus follow up investigations.

Ricardo's consultants have been performing LCA studies for many years covering a large range of products including industrial equipment, vehicles, lighting, beer, toilets, packaging and paper products.

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Ricardo has the foremost team of WRATE practitioners in the UK, offering an unsurpassed track record of experience and an appreciation of the real world in terms of process performance.

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