Falkirk-Council-expertiseThe collection of waste from domestic and commercial customers may account for between 50% and 75% of the total cost of a solid waste management system.  FT provides public and private sector clients with a variety of services to assist in delivery of an efficient collection service.  FT has an extensive range of collection systems experience, ranging from high level strategic assessments and service assessments to operational support.


Our team of experts can provide advice and services in a number of areas including:


  • Evaluation and benchmarking the performance of existing systems
  • Vehicle utilisation and material capture rate analysis
  • Optimisation of collection services
  • Assessment of impacts of varying collection frequency
  • Preparation of business cases for new or improved services
  • Development of strategies for enhancing performance
  • Development of best practice guidance for various types of waste collection systems.


Falkirk-Council-1Falkirk Council –  Option Assessment of Increasing Recycling Rates by Reducing Residual Container Capacity

Client:  Falkirk Council

Location:  Scotland, UK

Capital Value: N/A
Key Facts:  A review of Falkirk’s kerbside collection service and an options appraisal to consider the resources, costs, and environmental performance, associated with optimal service provision.

Click here to learn more

Operational and cost data on the existing kerbside service was collected and used to prepare a baseline model of the resources, costs, and revenues, associated with the existing service.  Waste compositional analysis data was used to determine individual material capture rates, waste bulk density, and container fill levels of the Councils kerbside weekly food, garden, kerbside sort (textiles, small WEEE, batteries, glass) and co-mingled mixed dry recyclables services.  The performance of the Council’s collection service was analysed to determine productive and non productive time, and benchmarked using pass rates per productive hour.  FT highlighted areas where vehicle utilisation and collection efficiency could be increased.


FT conducted research on collection services that restrict householder residual container capacity.  The research examined configuration of collection services, containerisation, materials targeted, individual material capture rates, and opportunities to increase recycling\composting rates.  Based on the research FT identified a number of kerbside service configurations that restricted residual capacity by modifying the frequency of collection and containerisation.  Working with Council Officers, FT selected seven collection scenarios for detailed financial and environmental performance modelling and assessment.  In addition to the existing range of materials targeted, the project also incorporated an appraisal of the cost and performance associated with the separate collection of Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP).


FT modelled the quantity of waste requiring collection, container fill level, collection resources, financial costs and environmental performance (% recycling/composting rate) for seven scenarios.  The results were compared to the existing service (baseline) and were then ranked in terms of capital/revenue costs, cost per tonne, cost per household, split between collection and disposal costs and environmental performance.  A preferred option was recommended which is projected to save Falkirk Council approximately £496,700 (8.4 % saving) in year 1 and £673,570 (11.1% saving) in year 2 while increasing the kerbside recycling rate by 16.5% from 47.7% to 64.1%.


Preparation of Food Waste Business Cases for Scottish Local Authorities

Client: Falkirk, Clackmannanshire & Scottish Borders Council, Scotland

Location: Scotland, UK

Capital Value: N/A

Key Facts: A business case to inform the Council as to the collection service configuration that would enable it to introduce a separate kerbside food waste collection service.

Click here to learn more

FT were contracted to prepare three tailored business cases for three Scottish Councils to establish the most effective approach for the kerbside collection of household food waste.

Each business case comprised a financial and performance options appraisal exercise which provided each Council with an understanding of the service configuration that would enable them to maximise the diversion of food waste from landfill at an affordable cost.  Using MS Excel, a model was developed to calculate the cost of the existing kerbside collection service and the three options for food waste collection. FT scope for this project included:

  • A review of resources and performance of existing collection services
  • Selection of food waste collection options for modelling
  • Modelling of options in terms of capture rate of food waste, provision of containers and biodegradable liners, collection resources (vehicles and staff), treatment options for food waste and procurement strategies
  • Benchmarking modelled options against the existing collection service in terms of financial costs, collection efficiency and environmental performance;
  • Year 1 to year 25 capital and revenue costs associated with each of the four options.

Each of the three business cases fit into Zero Waste Scotland’s Programme Plan for 2011-2015 with the aim of increasing separation of waste into resource streams and increased economic opportunities resulting from improved processing and treatment infrastructure.


Bernie-GuinanBernie Guinan – Director of
Waste and Resources Management, Environmental Science and Data Management

Telephone: +353 1 6583500
Email: bernie.guinan@nullftco.ie
Linkedin: Add me on Linkedin


Eamon TimoneyEamon Timoney – Managing Director

Telephone: +353 21 4969553

Email: eamon.timoney@nullftco.ie

Linkedin: Add me on Linkedin


Fehily Timoney Fehily Timoney