Waste Composition Analysis

Resource Futures is the market leader in providing waste composition analysis services to public and private sectors.

We know waste, and we work with our clients to develop robust sampling strategies and tailored solutions for a variety of applications.

Whether that be with national and local governments, waste management companies and commercial brand owners, we supply robust waste composition data to inform decision-making in business and maximum impact for UK policies on EPR reform, collection consistency and DRS.

Our team of experts can help you with:

  • Campaign evaluation
  • Municipal waste composition
  • Rate analysis capture
  • Contamination analysis
  • Plant input material testing

Experience and technical know-how you won’t find elsewhere

With our operational knowledge and experienced in-house technicians we deliver practical approaches to waste sample collection and analysis of materials. Over the years we have developed safe systems of work specific to waste composition analysis and we continue to innovate in this area.

In 2021 Resource Futures established itself as the premium service provider of waste composition data gathering work. Our analysts hand sorting and categorising a whopping 221.5 tonnes of waste and recycling from 8,380 households.

Benchmarking for food waste reduction strategy

We were also commissioned to update the National Food Waste Data Set for England and Wales. Over 55,000 items of food waste were catalogued. Results have been used to update WRAP’s
Household Food and Drink Waste in the UK report. Believed to be the largest study of its kind, it provides detailed insight into food waste, generation patterns, and household behaviours. This study will be a benchmark for food waste reduction strategy, target setting, communications and policy making for the next decade.


Why Resource Futures?

With 30-years’ experience and a team of over 40 specialists, Resource Futures has the expertise to help your business capitalise on the benefits of greater sustainability.

We work across the value chain to deliver trusted, quality outputs and insight to inform and support you key decisions. Minimising the impact of production and consumption through reduction, reuse and recycling.


Peter Wills
Evidence Lead / Principal Consultant

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What our clients say

We tasked Resource Futures with revising and writing a new waste strategy for Herefordshire Council.

They quickly understood our requirements, engaging a range of stakeholders to agree strategic principles, enabling us to set ambitious new strategic goals and transforming our service for the future.

It’s a strategy we’ve now successfully adopted, and we are delighted to be implementing.

Joni Hughes

Herefordshire Council

Resource Futures supported us from ideation through to finished product. The project required deep understanding of commercial and environmental datasets, environmental law and best practice.

The final product allows our customers to interrogate data, analyse and forecast results, and extract insights specific to their business needs. Delivering value and actionable insight for years to come.

Will Ghali


Resource Futures compiled insights into local reuse organisations and potential ways of working together to achieve more through reuse. Their report identified and highlighted factors experienced by existing groups which will help us shape initiatives that overcome barriers and explore opportunities.

It is an important piece of research that helps us improve reuse and repair across Somerset

Julie Searle

Somerset Waste Partnership

Working with Resource Futures has unlocked the power of The 2 Minute Foundation’s BEACH CLEAN app data.

We are now able to quantify findings and present powerful evidence to engage stakeholders. The individuals, groups and families taking part are contributing valuable information through citizen science that can be used for better decision making and direct efforts to keep our beaches free from litter.

Nicola Green

The 2 Minute Foundation

Resource Futures produced a thorough report, reflecting considerable stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis.

The effort that has gone into this information gathering has been exceptional given the timing of this project over the pandemic.

The outputs are invaluable and will be used to inform actions which will make a real difference to our marine industries and environment.

Morag Campbell

Marine Scotland