Waste Improvement Programme

The Waste Improvement Programme (WIP) is funded by the Welsh Government and hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). The team currently consists of:

  • Craig Mitchell, Head of Waste Support
  • Jonathan Roberts, Improvement Officer - Waste
  • Barry Williams, Improvement Assistant - Waste
  • Eve Swindley, Senior Support Officer

Since 2007 the Waste Improvement Programme (WIP) has been working with local authorities to assist them to improve the performance and efficiency of their waste services, following four key objectives in the process; evidence, efficiency, improving performance and delivery of wider sustainable principles. The key role for the programme is to:

  • collect, validate and analyse key performance data, responding to the needs of Welsh Government and partner local authorities;
  • publish that data in a way that ensures its ease of use and maximises its potential for service improvement;
  • inform effective and efficient service design and decisions across all 22 local authorities through the active dissemination of that data in regional events, networks and web based portals (Waste Benchmarking Hub);
  • develop tools and resources which make a difference to front line services;
  • allow joint procurement including collaboration; and
  • support the Collaborative Change Programme activity.

Over the years the Wales Improvement Programme has supported waste service improvements across Wales. This in turn has resulted in:

  • Overall Increase in the rates of re-use, recycling and composting, 60.02% for Wales during the period 2015/16, up from 56.2% during the period 204
  • Increase in collections of food waste, 4,883 tonnes more during the period 2015/16 (an uplift of 5.7%)
  • Increase in collections of dry recyclate (plastics, newspapers etc), 13,710 tonnes more during the period 2015/16 (an uplift of 4.8%)
  • Decrease in the cost of residual waste services, 8.4% (£7.5m) reduction during the period 2015/16 to £83m

Waste Finance Project

The Waste Improvement Programme team works closely with local authority officers in waste and finance to develop a robust and consistent methodology which captures financial data relating to local authority waste services. By doing this local authorities are able to make informed decisions on the effectiveness and efficiency of their services.


For more information contact: Barry Williams

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