Dr Eleni Iacovidou & Professor Andrew Brown

Key metrics for supporting national and local government waste
policy improvements

Responsive Mode Impact Fund

The UK Government is committed to promoting sustainable management of wastes and increasing the recovery, reuse and recycling of valuable materials; an opportunity that is currently missed. Better management of resources is essential for economic and social prosperity and increased quality of life. A collaboration between the School of Civil Engineering, the Leeds University Business School and Defra will apply ‘CVORR’ research, recognising the importance of socio-political provisioning systems, to aid the selection of metrics to assess resource recovery systems, using the plastic packaging system as a case study. The project will:

  • Apply the CVORR approach to uncover the social/behavioural, economic, environmental and technical
    drivers and the role of key actors in the production, use and end-of-life management of plastic packaging,
    and identify metrics that can be used to support multi-dimensional valuation of the plastic packaging
    system;
  • Aid the selection of key metrics for the plastic packaging system evaluation using the CVORR metrics selection framework, supporting waste policy changes that generate long-term impact in the UK. This will be used to co-produce a report with Defra supporting public policy improvements and processes at national and local government, helping the UK become a “zero avoidable waste” economy by 2050