Government waste surveys will get a head start from information already collected by the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP).
Calls to collect more comprehensive waste stream data came from the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee last week. It said that Government waste policy had been undermined by a lack of information.
NISP has collected data from more than 10,000 companies in the past three years from every industry sector across the 12 UK regions. This data shows that more than 80,000,000 tonnes (about 25% of the total waste stream from commerce and industry) of potential resources are available for reuse.
Programme director Peter Laybourn said: One of the key by-products of an industrial symbiosis programme is information and data.
Companies in the programme share information on the resources they have and want. In the case of NISP, this information is input into a national database the largest in the UK and used by programme practitioners to identify mutually profitable links between companies.
Intelligence based industrial symbiosis has the potential to impact on future policies as well as changing the shape of regional economic development of the future.
Image: NISP director Peter Laybourn