During the virtual 2020 LARAC Conference held this month Chris Mills, Special Advisor for Collections and Recycling at WRAP, explained the importance of data in allocating appropriate funding for Local Councils under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
“Collection costs are complex, but if we are really trying to get to grips with how much consistent collections will cost and what the performance differences are, we have to make some big improvements in data and the analysis of that,” he explained.
The second round of consultations on waste and resources legislation is expected early 2021, after several delays. Many concerns were highlighted in the initial consultation around the measurement of ‘full net costs’ being paid by packaging producers.
One of the four reform areas to be undertaken under the changing waste and resources legislation is the consistency of collections, which will include new materials for councils to collect kerbside. Even with 15 years of experience of modelling with Local Authorities, Mr Mills expressed concern that the data is not detailed enough to predict how much more this would cost.