SBRI: smart waste tracking data collection, storage and reporting services

UK householders and businesses generate around 200 million tonnes of waste each year. Nationally and globally, waste presents a real challenge.

The current situation is of a fragmented set of policies, regulation and processes, and IT systems across the UK. Businesses deal with multiple duplicated processes and regulatory requirements, generating millions of pieces of paper or electronic records, yet still there are significant data gaps.

The government is developing an updated strategy on resources which will be published in 2018. This will set out details of how we will meet the ambitions for resources and waste in the Clean Growth StrategyIndustrial Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Defra’s challenge is to use digital technology to record and track individual movements of waste through the economy. We aim to know more about the types and amounts of waste generated, what is done to it, and where it ends up. An innovative solution could help maximise the value we extract from our resources and boost innovation and productivity whilst minimising damage to the environment. This includes tackling waste crime, which has estimated costs to England of £604 million in 2015.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. During phase 2, additional funding may be released of up to £1 million to continue development and test a prototype.

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We expect to fund up to 5 projects for up to 3 months. Projects should range in size up to total costs of £80,000, including VAT, per organisation under phase 1, and be expected to start by 31 October 2018.

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