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LEVEL 2

MODULE 7.3: WASTE

Improve monitoring and evaluation                    

Monitoring and evaluating the impact of waste on the performance of SEAPs

The aim of the monitoring and evaluation step within your waste management process is clear: Find out through a set of carefully selected, smart indicators - specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound, if your prioritised and implemented waste measures impact on the energy performance of your SEAP. By doing that LGs can identify what measures have and have not worked as expected. Quantitative data as well as qualitative interviews with relevant stakeholders subsequently deliver the basis for fine-tuning existing and designing new measures. When politicians and the technical administration of LGs are regularly, well informed about the status of the waste sector as part of their SEAP, they are able to make the best decisions in relation to the past performance as well as statistical projections of the future. This ability is fundamental to proportion human, technical and financial resources efficiently, while achieving the most possible impact.       

However, as the consortium of the pre-waste project points out correctly, indicators are often a compromise between different factors including the budget for measuring them. Furthermore there is the difficulty to put selected indicators into a correlation and calculating format. The waste experts suggest three groups of indicators to balance this complexity:


1.    Resources indicators: financial resources, staff, communication tools, equipment;
2.    Results indicators: change of behaviour (awareness of people, participation in a waste prevention activity), evolution of waste generation (collected quantities, potential and effective avoided quantities, etc.);
3.    Impact indicators: environmental indicators (e.g. material or energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions), financial indicators (e.g. balancing costs, incomes and savings, etc.), social indicators (job opportunities, etc.).

Study thepre-waste monitoring tool to find out more about energy related waste reduction calculation and assessment methods for these indicators.

Learn how to organise your indicators and data reporting on solid waste best though the R4R – Regions for Recycling project results.

Be able to monitor the impact on well-being as a result of your SEAP and waste measures by reading wastewatch’s What’s good for the environment is good for us.  

The solid waste analysis tool, Development of a Methodological Tool to Enhance the Precision & Comparability of Solid Waste Analysis Data, presents a methodology for improving solid waste monitoring

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