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Phase 1 Day 1 2001-09-20 Pete Stevens (environmental consultant, Save Waste And Prosper Ltd)

written evidence submitted in advance

Biographical information

Pete Stevens MIWM, BSc (Hons). Human Ecology

Peter is an environmental consultant at Save waste and Prosper Ltd. He completed his degree at the University of Huddersfield and has over 7 years experience in delivering sustainable waste management projects. He has co-ordinated the introduction of a segregated wheeled bin recycling scheme. Including liaison with the community. He has also set up community recycling schemes by obtaining over �500,000 of European and match funding to provide a doorstep collection service to 20,000 households in North Manchester. The scheme also provided structure training opportunities for young people. He has also produced regional waste management strategies in partnership with other stakeholders. Pete has experience of managing landfill tax credits worth over �1millon pounds for a community Trust where he managed 85 projects and helped develop many sustainable waste management initiatives in partnership with other local groups. Peter joined SWAP earlier this year. He is responsible for managing research and consultancy projects for the company. His particular areas of expertise are waste collection and waste strategy.

Save Waste and Prosper Ltd

Mission

SWAP�s mission is to achieve environmental improvement primarily through the sustainable management of waste.

Background

SWAP is one of the most innovative specialists in sustainable waste management issues. The company�s community sector origins have enabled SWAP to occupy a niche position within Britain�s waste management industry.

Overview

SWAP�s has a multi-disciplinary teamwork approach, SWAP has extensive knowledge of and contacts within the waste management industry. SWAP has a commitment to partnerships.

Patnerships

One of SWAP�s core operating principles is that of collaboration. Much of the work of both SWAP and Global Balance Trust Ltd involves partnerships of some kind. This cross-sectoral approach strengthens projects, and often results in a solution to a previously intractable problem. The following are some of the partnerships that SWAP is currently involved with.

National Household Hazardous Waste Forum - an industry-led initiative established to seek practical solutions to the many problems associated with the collection, recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste and its packaging.

National Waste Awareness Initiative - SWAP works in partnership with Waste Watch to develop this major national awareness campaign aimed at the general public.

Recycle North - a recycling and waste reduction club for local authorities, industry, material collectors and other interested parties in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions.

Community Re>Paint - The concept of Community Re>Paint is simple. Unwanted surplus paint is diverted from the waste stream and redistributed for re-use by community groups, charities and voluntary organisations. Community Re>Paint now has 45 schemes in operation or under development, and plans to have 90 in operation by 2004. The scheme is funded by the National Lottery, Biffaward and ICI Dulux. SWAP provides management and technical support to Community Re-Paint schemes across the UK, and also offers a solution to retailers and manufacturers with surplus paint.

Creation of employment and training opportunities

The employment-generating opportunities offered by reusing or recycling waste are well documented. SWAP offers consultancy to community groups, local authorities (such as economic development units), and other interested parties. Services offered include market research and business planning, together with practical advice on the logistical health and safety and environmental issues to consider when employing people to manage waste.

Research

SWAP�s research and consultancy team have experience in various forms of research including attitudinal and focus groups work, primary and secondary research into generic waste and environment issues, and more specific primary research into areas of expertise such as electronic waste and household hazardous waste. The research carried out is presented in a variety of formats according to clients� needs.

Waste Stream Analysis

SWAP�s team of waste analysts have a comprehensive grasp of waste generation from a series of sectors, notably retail, office, local authority and municipal waste. We conduct waste reviews and audits for a variety of purposes, such as prior to a waste minimisation scheme or to ensure compliance with duty of care and other legislative requirements.

Sustainable waste management strategies

With robust data on waste generation, strategies to minimise waste, and to reuse and recycle waste streams can be developed. SWAP offers support to local authorities, to develop their plans which are now a statutory requirement, and also to implement more sustainable options. This may involve working with third parties or with neighbouring authorities, something SWAP promotes with its ethos of collaboration.

Civic Amenity site surveys

Best Value requires monitoring of standards of service in relation to many services, including waste management. A relatively recent service area is the provision of Civic Amenity site surveys, which provide valuable attitudinal data on service provision in relation to recycling.

Communications programmes

In order to secure effective public participation, effective communication is paramount. SWAP offers support to local authorities or third parties running waste minimisation or recycling schemes. Support available includes the provision of branded display panels, leaflets, and bespoke promotional material, together with PR activity.

Case Studies

Case study - REMECOM

REMECOM is a European Community (DGXI) funded project to analyse the composition of domestic waste and efficiency of segregated collection systems at 21 sites around Europe. The project has involved analysis of domestic waste from over 2000 households. The project was run in partnership with ADEME, Leeds City Council, University of Leeds, and INCPEN.

Save Waste and Prosper Ltd have carried out a series of comprehensive waste audits on household waste as part of REMECOM, a European research project on the composition of household waste and efficiency of domestic recycling systems. They were chosen for this work because of their experience, reputation and their ability to work collaboratively with local authorities and research organisations. The data will be used to contribute to European policy. Agn�s Gay-Duval, Project Leader, R�seau de MEsures pour la Caract�risation des Ordures M�nag�res (ADEME).

Case Study 2 - Waste analysis for the City of Westminster

A four phase waste analysis project is being conducted over the period of 12 months on behalf of the City of Westminster. The overall objective is to generate baseline data on the composition and generation of domestic, commercial and litter and street sweeping waste.

The City of Westminster is an area of approximately 8 square miles. The City of Westminster has a resident population of 204,100 which rises to in excess of 1 million each day due to the influx of commuters and tourists. It is estimated that 250,000 tonnes of waste is collected annually by the City of Westminster Council. Waste management contracts are about to be let by the council. The results of this study being undertaken by SWAP will influence decision making and enable more effective planning of recycling and other waste management services.

Clients

SWAP delivers services to a wide range of clients in the commercial, statutory and voluntary sectors. SWAP�s partnership approach has brought private, public and community sector together in many projects.

Some of our clients include:

Staff

SWAP�s waste consultancy team has over 24 years experience in waste management, recycling and waste analysis, spanning domestic, commercial, industrial and retail wastes. SWAP has strong links and successful working relationships with all sectors of industry, commerce, local and central government and NGOs.

SWAP offers support to local authorities in developing recycling plans, including consultation with the local community, assessing current provision, opportunities for collaboration with neighbouring local authorities, and the provision of guidance on effective promotion and engagement of the local public.