Why is Waste Data Important?
Mike Tregent
Principal Officer Waste and Resources Management
Environment Agency
12th Novembe...
Batting order
Warm up
A bit about us and our Corporate Strategy
Data sources and issues
How do we use the data
Why do we u...
How much municipal waste is produced
each year in England?
A. 15m tonnes
B 35m tonnes
C 27m tonnes
D 17m tonnes
What is the recycling rate for municipal
waste in England?
A 37%
B 22%
C 44%
D 12%
How much household waste is produced
in Oxford City each year?
A 95,000 tonnes
B 65,000 tonnes
C 55,000 tonnes
D 35,000 to...
Which is the largest waste producing
sector ?
A Construction & Demolition
B Households
C Commercial and industrial
D Minin...
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
Our Vision for Waste
Our vision is that waste will
be reduced and have the
smallest possible impact on
health and the
envi...
Our corporate strategy
Businesses and other organisations know
what the most sustainable options are for
managing waste an...
Some sources of waste data
Returns from permitted waste disposal
treatment sites (RATS/GOR)
Hazardous waste returns
WasteD...
Issues with waste data
Waste tonnage returns do not give us a figure
for total waste arising
We do not get waste returns f...
Landfill v treatment
Waste Landfilled or Reprocessed/Recycled.
Recorded at Environment Agency Licensed Facilities. Source:...
Priority Waste Stream : Wood (London)
Estimated arising 867,000 tonnes
Estimated landfill 505,000 tonnes
EA landfill retur...
Unsegregated Waste/Mixed Waste
Valuable resources (e.g. paper,
wood, metals) are being
landfilled as unsegregated
waste.
L...
Recycling, Carbon Emissions and Money
Amount Recyclable
147,000
39,000
27,000
41,000
195,000
39,000
111,000
221,000 295,00...
Flow of Mixed Ordinary Waste
C&I Waste
1.9 MT
land-filled
outside
London
0.5 MT
land-filled in
London
Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Eliminate
Recycle
£90
£0£90 £258£90
What can you do to help with data
Always describe your waste accurately
Use the correct EWC (List of wastes code)
code
Des...
THANK YOU
QUESTIONS
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  1. 1. Why is Waste Data Important? Mike Tregent Principal Officer Waste and Resources Management Environment Agency 12th November 2010
  2. 2. Batting order 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. 3. How much municipal waste is produced each year in England? A. 15m tonnes B 35m tonnes C 27m tonnes D 17m tonnes
  4. 4. What is the recycling rate for municipal waste in England? A 37% B 22% C 44% D 12%
  5. 5. How much household waste is produced in Oxford City each year? A 95,000 tonnes B 65,000 tonnes C 55,000 tonnes D 35,000 tonnes
  6. 6. Which is the largest waste producing sector ? A Construction & Demolition B Households C Commercial and industrial D Mining and Quarrying
  7. 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. 8. Our Vision for Waste Our vision is that waste will be reduced and have the smallest possible impact on health and the environment
  9. 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. 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. 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. 12. Landfill v treatment Waste Landfilled or Reprocessed/Recycled. Recorded at Environment Agency Licensed Facilities. Source: Environment Agency 0 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 2005 2006 2007 2008 Year 000tonnes Landfill Treatment/Recycled Caveat. Some waste has been allocated to London by the Environment Agency where facilities are known to take London's waste.
  13. 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. 14. Unsegregated Waste/Mixed Waste Valuable resources (e.g. paper, wood, metals) are being landfilled as unsegregated waste. Large amounts of greenhouse gas are being unnecessarily produced. 5 million tonnes (50%) of the waste landfilled within Thames Region is classed as unsegregated. Proportion of Mixed Waste to Other Waste Originating in Thames Region 50%50% Mixed Waste 5.2 Mt Other 5.3 Mt
  15. 15. Recycling, Carbon Emissions and Money Amount Recyclable 147,000 39,000 27,000 41,000 195,000 39,000 111,000 221,000 295,000 559,000 Paper and card Kitchen/food w aste Garden/plant w aste Other organic Textiles Plastic (dense) Plastic (film) Ferrous metal Non-ferrous metal 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. 16. Flow of Mixed Ordinary Waste
  17. 17. C&I Waste 1.9 MT land-filled outside London 0.5 MT land-filled in London
  18. 18. Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  19. 19. Eliminate
  20. 20. Recycle
  21. 21. £90 £0£90 £258£90
  22. 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
  23. 23. THANK YOU QUESTIONS
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