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.
Resource Futures was commissioned by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd (LOCOG) to scope the waste and resource management requirements for London 2012, including the potential for resource re-use and recycling. Predictive waste modelling was carried out for all Olympic venues for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Several options were modelled, including a 70% recycling scenario, which was subsequently enacted by LOCOG. The options included consideration of differing waste flows and rates of waste generation at each site, practical considerations for achieving high recycling, outlets for materials, revenue from collected materials and avoided emissions associated with each option.
Resource Futures has recently completed a review and update HWRC best practice guidance for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This included a full literature review, site visits and consultation with local authorities; and the production of user friendly good practice guidance for publication by WRAP. The guidance provides updated advice on the issues addressed in the National Assessment of Civic Amenity Sites (NACAS) report (see below), as well as some other areas that were not sufficiently covered by the NACAS report, such as legislation and issues around the potential rationalisation of HWRC networks.
Undertaken for Defra, Resource Futures assessed and analysed the levels of biodegradability of waste in landfills across England and Wales. This project involved live sampling and analysis conducted over three phases to produce a statistically robust model. The resulting report suggested that levels were lower than expected with Defra using the evidence to inform their waste policy discussions and decisions.
Food waste is a problem. Millions of tonnes of food is bought, but not consumed - often ending up in landfill and subject to landfill tax. Local authorities are looking to collaborate in diverting organic matter away from landfill, to increase food recycling and change householder behaviour through engagement. Resource Futures was commissioned to research and deliver a regional campaign to tackle the issue of food waste.
For the efficient running of the campaign, it was important that Resource Futures, who already knew all about what we hoped to do and achieve, were asked to manage aspects of the project at an early stage. Their drive, attention to detail and general ability to understand and report on the campaign and understand its nuances at a local level, stood us in great stead. Indeed, the campaign was awarded a Golden Green Apple Award for ‘Best Partnership Working’ and was a finalist in the Letsrecycle.com ‘Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative’ and was winner of Plant and Waste Recycling’s ‘Food Waste Award’.Liz Poulter