Carbon WARM can help measure the environmental impact of, and inform decision-making about, your waste and resource management

Carbon WARM is essentially a set of conversion factors that enable us to express waste management tonnage data in terms of Greenhouse Gas emissions relative to landfill. Intended to supplement traditional weight-based monitoring and evaluation with an approach that focuses on the environmental (climate) impacts of waste and resource management, Carbon WARM has been developed by WRAP to allow monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of the Resources and Waste Strategy, in terms of its Greenhouse Gas emissions impact, measured as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

Throughout its development it was envisaged Carbon WARM could help Local Authorities and others better monitor and report on CO2e saved by moving waste management further up the hierarchy. It was also foreseen that it could have applications in calculating the proportion of the potential CO2e saving that has been realised and modelling the GHG impacts of different combinations of waste management options.

Ultimately, Carbon WARM is intended to form the basis of a spreadsheet-based tool for use by Local Authorities seeking to make informed waste management decisions based on GHG emissions impact. It doesn’t affect information which Local Authorities are already reporting through WasteDataFlow but is complementary to the existing waste hierarchy guidance document.

Learn more, download and read the report here.

New Material Stream Icons
Local Authorities have reported increasing amounts of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) waste, such as single use face masks and gloves, being disposed of in household kerbside recycling collections.

With schools now open in most areas, secondary school teachers and students – and their families, carers and households – have been asked to carry out self-testing for COVID-19. Lateral Flow Device (LFD) self-test kits contain waste items that cannot be recycled, including multi-layered sachets, plastic film and tubes.

To help prevent non-recyclable PPE and LFD waste being placed into kerbside recycling collections, WRAP has developed new material stream icons that Local Authorities can use in communications to help ensure correct disposal.

Communication Matters
WRAP recently conducted a survey of Local Authority Training & Knowledge Needs which indicated that ‘engagement and communications with residents and stakeholders’ was an area WRAP could provide additional support.

To understand more about those specific needs, and to help Local Authorities meet the challenges set out in the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, we plan to create communications resources and training to support your most common communication and engagement priorities. To have your say, simply tell us here what they are.