Resources and waste policy impact calculator

The Resources and Waste Policy Impact Calculator has been created to help local authorities estimate the potential financial and operational implications of emerging government policy upon their individual services – including different deposit return scheme (DRS) scenarios, and full net cost recovery extended producer responsibility (EPR) proposals.

The calculator

This tool was developed by SUEZ and Anthesis Group, together with support from LARAC, Project Integra and the Kent Resource Partnership.


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is currently consulting on the detail of its Resources and Waste Strategy, which was published in December 2018. The consultation documents were published on 18 February 2019 and seek views on proposals for consistent recycling collections across English local authorities; changes to the producer responsibility system for packaging waste; and the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers. Defra and HM Treasury are jointly also consulting on proposals for a plastic packaging tax. The consultation documents can be found here.


Using the scenarios presented in these consultation documents, the Resources and Waste Policy Impact Calculator will help local authorities to understand the impact of the proposed changes upon their particular services, and has been designed to help individual authorities respond to the various consultation documents. The outputs from the calculator include: 


  • The potential volume of material removed from kerbside collection services by deposit return schemes and the subsequent financial and operational impacts
  • Estimates of the likely tonnages of extended-producer-responsibility-obligated materials in household streams
  • The level of financial support, which might come from additional extended producer responsibility funding, that each authority may receive towards the costs of collection
  • The gap between current performance and likely future targets


The Resources and Waste Policy Impact Calculator is free to use and can be accessed here.

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