Innovation and development

Innovation and development

Waste authorities face increased budget constraints, yet statutory targets mean that teams responsible for waste management services are under increasing pressure to deliver. As waste teams are rationalised, key competencies and expertise are often lost.

The development and innovation delivery area aims to address this, developing expertise and providing innovation to waste authorities to reduce identified skills gaps and enable progressive solutions to be implemented. The delivery area contains two work streams:

  1. Training and upskilling
  2. Research and innovation

Training and upskilling

Training and upskilling sessions will be delivered in a variety of ways including workshops, dissemination events, subject specific surgeries and webinars and be tailored to the subject matter. The first activity to be undertaken within this work stream will be to identify specific areas where training would be beneficial and the method by which this could be delivered most effectively. The programme will also consider other potential ways it can support waste authorities to provide centralised support and expertise e.g. hold a central officer resource.

The following activities took place in 2015/2016:

  • Communications training – through the existing Borough Communications Support programme, a skills gap was identified with regards to understanding effective householder communications.
  • Commercial waste and recycling training – In support of the Income Generating Service delivery area, we provided training on how to set up and run effective commercial waste services.
  • Marketing of Materials Workshop – In support of the Income Generating Services delivery area, we delivered this WRAP workshop in London, aimed at helping local authorities maximise the benefit from the dry recyclables collected as part of their provision of waste services.
  • Sector developments – In recognition of the ongoing innovation and research with the sector, we held dissemination events on current issues and good practice guidance.

Research and innovation

This work stream commissions and contributes to research and innovation projects to support the aims and objectives of the programme or specific delivery areas. Identified opportunities include:

  • Support of national trials and research
  • Dense urban recycling
  • Recycling from flats

Dense urban recycling

The dense urban recycling project focuses on maximising terraced housing stock and converted houses etc. It includes testing communications and a trial of new scheme design and monitoring. The programme will ensure that at least one participating authority is a London borough. The national project will be funded centrally by WRAP with the London based projects funded from the programme budget.

Recycling from flats

Find out more about our recycling from flats project here.