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  • 1. Why is Waste Data Important? Keith Bates Principal Officer Waste and Resources Management Environment Agency 17th November 2010
  • 2. What I will cover Warm up A bit about us and our Corporate Strategy Data sources and issues How do we use the data Why do we use the data and how can this benefit everyone Q&A
  • 3. How much municipal waste is produced each year in England? A. 15m tonnes B 35m tonnes C 27m tonnes D 17m tonnes
  • 4. What is the recycling rate for municipal waste in England? A 39% B 22% C 44% D 12%
  • 5. How much household waste is produced in Maidstone each year? A 95,000 tonnes B 65,000 tonnes C 56,000 tonnes D 35,000 tonnes
  • 6. Which is the largest waste producing sector ? A Construction & Demolition B Households C Commercial and industrial D Mining and Quarrying
  • 7. How long does it take a carrier bag take to disintegrate in landfill? A 100 years B 200 years C 400 years D 500 years
  • 8. Our Vision for Waste Our vision is that waste will be reduce and have the d smallest possible impact on health and the environment
  • 9. Our corporate strategy Businesses and other organisations know what the most sustainable options are for managing waste and using resources wisely The right waste and resource management infrastructure is in place Businesses and other organisations are resource efficient, minimise pollution and manage their waste responsibly
  • 10. Some sources of waste data Returns from permitted waste disposal treatment sites (RATS/GOR) Hazardous waste returns WasteDataFlow –local authority waste Regulated industry returns Commercial and industrial waste surveys Producer responsibility returns Transfer notes (electronic)
  • 11. Issues with waste data Waste tonnage returns do not give us a figure for total waste arising We do not get waste returns from many waste facilities registered as “exempt” Much of the data is complex to interpret and double counting needs to be avoided Commercial and industrial waste surveys SWMP’s-data isn't directly reported
  • 12. Landfill v treatment Waste Landfilled or Reprocessed/Recycled. Recorded at Environment Agency Licensed Facilities. Source: Environment Agency 7,000 6,000 5,000 000 tonnes 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 Year Caveat. Some waste has been allocated to London by the Environment Agency where facilities are known to take London's waste. Landfill Treatment/Recycled
  • 13. Priority Waste Stream : Wood (London) Estimated arising 867,000 tonnes Estimated landfill 505,000 tonnes EA landfill returns 2,530 tonnes EA treatment returns 36,400 tonnes
  • 14. Unsegregated Waste/Mixed Waste Valuable resources (e.g. paper, wood, metals) are being Proportion of Mixed Waste to Other Waste Originating in Tham es Region landfilled as unsegregated waste. Large amounts of greenhouse gas are being unnecessarily 50% 50% produced. 5 million tonnes (50%) of the waste landfilled within Thames Region is classed as Mixed Waste 5.2 Mt Other 5.3 Mt unsegregated.
  • 15. Recycling, Carbon Emissions and Money Amount Recyclable 111,000 Paper and card 39,000 Kitchen/food w aste 195,000 559,000 Garden/plant w aste 41,000 Other organic 27,000 Textiles Plastic (dense) 39,000 Plastic (film) 147,000 Ferrous metal Non-ferrous metal 221,000 295,000 Glass Of the 4 million tonnes sent direct to landfill potentially 1.7 million tonnes could be recycled. This would save 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 and be worth £168 million.
  • 16. Flow of Mixed Ordinary Waste
  • 17. C&I Waste 1.9 MT land-filled outside London 0.5 MT land-filled in London
  • 18. Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • 19. Eliminate
  • 20. Recycle
  • 21. £90 £90 £0 £258 £90
  • 22. What can you do to help with data Always describe your waste accurately Use the correct EWC (List of wastes code) code Describe the method of treatment Provide accurate weights Submit your data on time Tell us the amount of waste that you have treated such that is no longer waste State origin and destination details
  • 24. Why do waste companies have nice new shiny vehicles? Because you pay for them!