Data in a waste world
Waste policy has been evolving over the last few decades and the industry is preparing for dramatic changes in the next few years. With new requirements under digital waste tracking, extended producer responsibility (EPR), collection consistency, deposit return scheme (DRS) and new targets and bans being planned, these changes come with new demands for data and insight to plan their implementation or measure their impact.
The sector has been improving data over the years, but we are far from where we need to be when we look at how data has revolutionised other sectors and the insight we need it to give to deliver the changes on the ground in our industry. Not only do we need data to drive these changes, but we also really need to understand better what drives waste, be it economic factors, behaviours or design. We need current and future policies to be sensitive to different elements of the value chain and society, ensuring that each has the ability to deliver their part proportionally.
Investing £10-£12B in new assets and services in our sector and signing up to new targets, payment mechanisms and systems will require us to fully join the digital and data worlds.
Our webinar session will look at what data is or could be available, what it can or could tell us and seek to move the ‘art of waste management’ into the ‘science of resource management’, looking at data sets and insights from Dr David Greenfield, Managing Director of SOENECS and Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, the session will range between WEEE, municipal and commercial waste data, and from residual to dry recycling to prevention and reuse.
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