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 2013 Resource Futures led a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded study to determine the feasibility of implementing a circular economic business model for Phineas Products Limited. The circular economy, as applied to Phineas Products, involves a system in which products are manufactured in the UK from UK-sourced recycled material, designed to be used and re-used in closed loop cycles, and recycled only when the product has reached the end of its usable lifetime. Phineas’ present business model is linear in nature, in that Phineas’ retail shoe hanger product is supplied with the shoe - both being supplied and distributed from Asia. It served as the baseline against which all financial and environmental costs were compared.
Resource Futures was commissioned by Defra to carry out a comprehensive review of municipal waste composition in the UK. The principal objectives of this study were to:
Reducing waste provides schools with opportunites to make financial savings, as well as supporting the curriculum and engaging pupils with environmental issues. Resource Futures was commissioned by Devon County Council to develop and deliver a whole-school programme for secondary schools to elicit behaviour change as well as addressing practical steps for waste minimisation.
Resource Futures has helped us increase our recycling rate in just 6 months from 12% to 63%. Our school couldn’t have achieved this without the help of Resource Futures. We are now looking forward to working towards becoming an Eco School, something that seems much more realistic than it did a year ago.Clyst Vale Community College
Resource Futures delivered this innovative Composting in Schools project on behalf of Devon County Council from September 2009 to March 2012. The programme, which supported the ‘Don’t let Devon go to waste’ campaign, provided schools with in-vessel composting equipment to compost cooked and raw food waste, and enabled teachers to use composting as an educational tool.
Resource Futures was commissioned by WRAP Rotate to review Buckinghamshire Bulky Waste Collections (BWCs) and Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) to scope the options to maximise re-use of bulky waste. There was already a significant amount of re-use occurring onsite at the 10 HWRCs, however the data reviewed suggests that more can be done. As a result of the bulky waste review undertaken, and benchmarking with other data, we assessed that 20% of bulky items collected are re-usable in their current condition and a further 31% re-usable if minor repairs are made.
Resource Futures undertook a research project on behalf of WRAP to understand the composition of bulky waste in order to identify the barriers and opportunities for the re-use of bulky items across the UK. The research recorded all bulky waste, including WRAP’s priority materials of WEEE, textiles and furniture, disposed of via local authority kerbside Bulky Waste Collections (BWCs) and at Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs).