This page introduces a sample of recently completed consultancy projects.
In addition to delivering projects across the areas listed below, we have ongoing work in emerging topics such as:
01. Supporting the SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) of Scotland’s DRS (Deposit Return System) proposals.
02. Development of practical knowledge and experience on additive manufacturing (3D printing) using recycled plastic filament - working with Manchester Metropolitan University.
If you would like to find out more about any of our past or present projects, please get in touch.
Reviewing pilot projects under the Framework for Greater Consistency.
Project: A review of seven pilot projects delivered by WRAP with local authority partnerships across England (Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, SE London, Staffordshire, Suffolk). The review sought to compare and contrast findings across the seven project, producing conclusions and learning points to inform WRAP’s programme of work in 2017/18 under the Framework. An interesting piece of work involving a review of the collection modelling approaches and results generated by some of the UK’s leading consultancies involved in waste systems modelling.
Key skills: This project benefitted from Circulogic’s expertise in local authority waste systems modelling, and generated a wealth of collection metrics from across a range of collection systems and urban / rural authority types.
Methodology to support WRAP’s analysis of the national cost implications of businesses achieving higher recycling rates.
Project: Project undertaken in support of WRAP’s work assessing the contribution that businesses in the municipal sector (producing waste streams similar to household waste) might make to achieving future higher national recycling targets. The output was a methodology that WRAP could follow to generate high-level cost estimates of increased recycling in the municipal sector, identifying data sources (and gaps). This piece of work led on to further work engaging with industry, local authority and Business Improvement District stakeholders around options to help businesses recycle more, whilst minimising costs.
Key skills: Expertise in trade waste service modelling (combining business information with sector-based arising and compositional data, along with financial impact analysis) enabled development of a workable method in a short timescale. The work also highlighted sectors to WRAP where data is limited, thus informing future survey work.
Waste collection options appraisal.
Project: Experience in waste collection and related logistics comes from the delivery of well over 100 options appraisal projects over a career spanning 20+ years. Recent projects completed include:
— Kirklees Council (working with Wood, on behalf of WRAP). Provision of a technical review and consistency assessment in support of KAT modelling of a wide range of collection and associated infrastructure options. To inform future decisions on collection service design and waste treatment procurement
— North East Lincolnshire Council (working for WRAP). This short assessment of resource and waste diversion impacts was needed in advance of a proposed change in collection service design by the Council comprising a reduction in the frequency of residual waste collections (linked to recent changes in recycling collections)
— Peer reviewing spreadsheet models: inputs, assumptions, calculations and results.
— Modelling new collection systems, drawing on a wealth of historic projects and scheme performance data.
Local authority trade waste reviews: Blaenau Gwent, Gwynedd, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Wrexham.
Project: Local authorities in Wales are rising to the challenge of achieving some of the world’s most ambitious recycling targets. Trade waste collected inhouse affects each Council’s recycling performance, as well as having significant financial implications. A suite of projects have been delivered by Circulogic helping local authorities to transform their trade waste services, making them recycling-led, efficient and resilient to competitive threats. Many projects involve an element of modelling, assessing the costs, resources and performance implications of a range of service delivery options. Underpinning the modelling is a focus on helping local authorities become more commercial in the way they organise, manage and deliver their trade waste services. We focus on data: considering gaps, how information is used and transferred internally, and on key metrics that are commonly missing (such as margins achieved per lift, yield per bin etc.). Projects typically include consideration of the market (including market composition and competitor analysis), helping Officers look beyond the confines of how things are done currently and much more on what the market needs and how their services can be differentiated. Common outputs include performance projections for alternative service designs (incorporating options around multi-compartment vehicles, alternative material mixes.
Key skills: Knowledge and expertise gained above was subsequently used to deliver a regional study (for WRAP Cymru) of the commercial waste market in SE Wales. The focus of this review was on the level of preparedness of private sector trade waste collectors to implement separate collections when detailed requirements implementing the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 are put in place.