Household Waste Recycling Centre Guidance
In the resource management sector, I am widely regarded as a leading expert on the optimisation of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). I have played a key role in defining best practice in the management of HWRCs in the UK. I project managed the production of Waste and Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) best practice guidance for the management of Household Waste Recycling Centres.
I was central to creating the legendary National Assessment of Civic Amenity Sites (NACAS) report, described by Joe Papineschi (Director at Eunomia) as “the first serious attempt in the UK to empirically research and define best practice of any type of waste collection in the UK”. The project was the overall winner of the Biffaward Awards in 2004 and an impact assessment estimated that it was instrumental in enabling the additional diversion of at least 1% per annum of the UK’s household waste from disposal, through encouraging improvements in HWRC management practice in the industry.
I have acted as project manager and/or technical lead for over 80 projects providing advice on the optimisation of Household Waste Recycling Centres. The projects typically included onsite survey of sites, identifying operational efficiencies, design improvements, upgrades of infrastructure, improvement of site policy and management of staff, behaviour change and communications, review of contracts, market assessments, business cases for improvement options, and presenting key findings to officers and members. Types of work undertaken have included staff training, spatial analysis and site rationalisation options, impacts of changes of kerbside service on HWRCs and bring banks, re-use systems (including practical trials) and design recommendations for new sites.
For the largest such project, I was project manager and technical lead for a strategic review for HWRCs in Northern Ireland (with Eunomia and behalf of WRAP). Around half of the sites in Northern Ireland (46 HWRCs) were reviewed, and all 11 local authorities in Northern Ireland were included. Site specific improvement recommendations were identified from each review, including predicted performance improvement, waste flow modelling and an outline estimate of financial costs/benefits arising from the implementation of recommended improvements; and modelling results were also produced at a national level. Strategic issues affecting Northern Ireland HWRCs were identified, including recommendations on dealing with commercial waste inputs and restricting black bag waste disposal.