WRAP present their Cost Benefit Analysis Tool at ADBA Members’ Meeting

At the ADBA Members' Meeting last Wednesday (18th April), Mike Falconer Hall, Programme Manager at WRAP, gave a very interesting presentation on the Cost Benefit Analysis Tool that WRAP have developed for the food waste and recycling industry.

To see Mike's presentation, click here.

The tool helps those local authorities (LAs) who have separate food waste collections in place already, assess the costs and benefits of implementing certain intervention measures that are designed to increase the uptake of food waste.

The intervention measures built into the tool are 1) the provision of free caddy liners to households, 2) communications, e.g. leaflets, posters, etc, and 3) provision of bin stickers on residual waste bins, e.g. saying 'No food waste please'. The idea is that though these measures will all cost the local authority money, the benefits from the increased food waste collection that will result from these interventions will outweigh the costs, as long as increase in uptake is enough.

The tool is of interest and involves AD operators too in that it suggests three potential mechanisms designed to share the costs of the intervention between the LA and operator for the mutual benefit of all parties involved. The below chart from the tool shows that if the intervention leads to an uplift of at least 5.7 kg of food waste per household per year, all stand to benefit from it:


To read Mike's presentation, click here.

If you're an AD operator, why not give the tool a try? It's fairly straightforward to use and includes a guide too to help the user. The benefit could be huge. To download it, click here.

Posted in: News for Members

Tags: Wrap, cost benefit analysis, food waste, biogas, anaerobic digestion, food waste collection, separate food waste collections, caddy liners, bin stickers