Suez and sustainability consultancy Anthesis Group have launched an online ‘calculator’ to help local authorities understand and quantify the impact of waste policy on their recycling and waste management services.
It was developed with support from the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac), Project Integra and the Kent Resource Partnership.
The calculator is available here and can be used by councils to estimate the potential financial and operational implications of the different deposit return schemes (DRSs) and net cost recovery for extended producer responsibility (EPR) proposals.
It works by inputting basic service data unique to each council or using embedded default information from which the calculator will produce outputs including the potential tonnage and volume of material removed from kerbside collection services by a DRS, and the subsequent financial and operational effects of this.
Information is also available on: the likely tonnages of EPR-obligated materials in household streams; financial support available from producer funding; and the gap between current performance and likely future targets.
Suez Recycling and Recovery UK’s technical development director Stuart Hayward-Higham (pictured) said: “With such a radical policy shake-up and numerous options presented by Defra, there is significant uncertainty over the impact of the differing scenarios and models for DRS and EPR, respectively.
“Confusion around the potential effects of these major policy instruments may make it difficult for councils to make an informed response to these vital consultations, particularly given the condensed time scales for responses, which is why we have backed Anthesis in developing this useful tool and contributed our own data to help inform the discussion.”
Larac chief executive Lee Marshall said: “Larac is keen that members respond to the consultations on DRS and EPR, and this tool will be key for them to submit responses with good evidence on the impact on local authorities of a DRS.”
MPs on the parliamentary Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have also launched an inquiry into the impact on local authorities of Defra’s strategy.