Here are some of our projects, which demonstrate how we assimilate resource data, support our clients to use material resources efficiently and deliver behaviour change.
In order to reduce the quantity of disposable nappies being landfilled or incinerated, Resource Futures has been contracted by Gloucestershire County Council to run their real nappy project and incentive scheme for the last ten years. With two outreach workers, we promote the cost savings as well as the environmental benefits of using real nappies as well as administering a real nappy incentive scheme for the council.
Horsham District Council (HDC) decided to undertake a short door stepping campaign with waste advisors to increase recycling and participation rates. HDC appointed Resource Futures to deliver the recruitment and training of the waste advisors. The project resulted in a 45% increase in recycling within the target areas and a reduction in contamination in Horsham’s lowest performing areas. These changes lead to potential savings of nearly £140,000 over a year.
Delivery of assemblies in primary schools to promote waste service changes in Stroud District and motivate children to encourage their families to participate in the improved waste service at home. The show was called “Wuff Gets Waste Wise”
“All the children really enjoyed the show and were able to tell us why they already recycle and how they can improve on this. We are going to look at more ways to recycle in school too. Thank you for your show.” “Everything about the production was excellent.” “Fantastic! Kim delivered what is actually quite tricky information in the most entertaining and fun way. I think all the adults learnt too! One of the best assemblies ever.”
Cheshire East Council (CEC) commissioned a Household Waste Recycling Centre review, which sought to examine its provision against best practice and against the Council’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy objectives. CEC commissioned Resource Futures to carry out this review to determine how the current service could be improved, in terms of economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This involved a spatial analysis of the nine sites to identify if there are an appropriate number of sites and if they are in the most appropriate locations.
The project also involved modelling the financial savings associated with a variety of operational and policy changes that officers could use as a basis for consultation with Members and the public.
Resource Futures delivered a balanced and informative report on time and on budget and responded quickly to mid review additions. Thank you for a quality report.Andrew Dunstone Waste Contracts Manager MCIWM
The education team planned and delivered an ‘Eco Summit’ for primary pupils from across Devon in May 2016. The event was funded by Ernest Cook Trust and Devon County Council and included a range of environmental workshops and activities both inside and outdoors.
The Summit was opened by well-known naturalist Nick Baker, and included opportunities for schools to network and share unique ideas for protecting and caring for the environment.
Pupils and their schools were supported to further their ideas via follow-up visits by the education team after the Eco Summit.
“Thanks for a brilliant and inspiring day.” “Everything was fantastic – a good mix of workshops.”Quotes from teachers who attended the Eco Summit
The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) brings together the UK clothing industry to work towards sector wide commitments to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprint of UK clothing, across its lifecycle, by 2020.
Since 2013, Resource Futures has worked as part of a consortium, led by MADE-BY, to encourage retailers and clothing recyclers to take an active role in promoting the SCAP 2020 commitment. Resource Futures provides a technical package of support to SCAP signatories which covers waste, water and carbon footprinting, training and business support for clothing collectors, charities, retailers, brands and recyclers. MADE-BY, Resource Futures and other consortium partners, have recently been awarded the contract to provide this support until 2017.