Project Background

Perth & Kinross Council wanted to arrange a Waste Compositional Analysis on their waste and recycling bins in order to shape future strategy. They were looking for a company with a strong background in Local Authority awards and also had experience of Waste Compositional Analysis.

Project objectives

The objective of the WCA was to provide Perth and Kinross Council with an accurate view of the composition of two household waste streams collected at kerbside, allowing the Council to:

understand the total composition of household waste in the Perth and Kinross Council area
understand their waste arisings by material
make predictions on how much material could be recovered by introducing new recycling schemes
identify where improvements could be made to existing recycling schemes

Our role

We brought significant public sector experience and expertise: we have completed waste analysis for at least a third of all Scottish Local Authorities and our WCA process is also operated in line with the latest Zero Waste Scotland methodology

Initially we created a sampling methodology to ensure the compositional data were statistically reliable to reflect the demographics of Perth and Kinross.
Our waste analysis unit collected the waste from Perth and Kinross residents on collection day and returned it to our sorting depot in Fife.
We sorted household residual waste over two weeks and dry recyclates over a further two weeks. A daily record of the weight in each sorting category was kept.
We completed the contract in two phases, several months apart, analysing results at the end of each phase. We submitted a final report at the end of the contract.

What the client thought

“The service provided was cost effective, convenient and hassle free. We will be using them again”
Bruce Reekie, Waste Services manager for Perth and Kinross Council

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