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.
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.