Ian recently joined BMG; his research background is mainly within the waste and recycling sector and has worked with a wide range of clients across the UK. Briefly, there are demanding targets in the UK with local authorities required to comply with a wide range of waste and recycling legislation. Like businesses, they have a Duty of Care to handle waste responsibly but they also have a range of other responsibilities which specifically relate to municipal waste. Much of this regulation derives from the European Union.
The key driver is the Landfill Directive which sets targets for member states to reduce the amount of municipal biodegradable waste sent to landfill, with targets set to recycle 50% of household waste and to introduce separate collections of at least four materials.
Research and communication activities are essential in achieving these targets. Ian has worked with the majority of local authorities and waste contractors in the UK over the last 10 years, providing expert insight into how to improve services by using evidence gained through a suite of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This has provided clients the basis to implement service changes to help achieve these demanding targets.