Successful Interface multi party project to gather waste data on Arran. 

An island wide survey of food waste for Arran. Assessing how much waste we generate and looking at different solutions to form Arran’s circular economy. The University of Strathclyde has been awarded £10k to develop a sustainable circular economy model of the island & Eco Savvy will work with VisitArran to engage businesses. Topolytics is a data analytic company who will take the findings & create a live mapping of waste, which will help us all see where it comes from & where it goes to.

This project aims to help understand how, where & when food waste is generated & disposed of, & if it can contribute to a sustainable Circular Economy for Arran.

Eco Savvy and VisitArran plan to work closely with Arrans hospitality sector, as well as with householders, to gather information which will feed into a waste baseline;

  • Topolytics will use this data to map live waste streams.
  • The Academic partners at Strathclyde University then provide expertise on modelling of sustainable supply chains design of industrial and commercial waste, to examine the operational, environmental and economic performance of various waste processing choices.
  • It is hoped that this work will provide a catalyst to change the dynamics of waste management on Arran.

Strathclyde University and Topolytics in collaboration with Arran Eco Savvy and VisitArran, through Interface funding of £10,000

Arran Eco Savvy, VisitArran and Topolytics contributions will be in-kind with Strathclyde University being awarded £10,000.

  1. University of Strathclyde | Dept. of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management 
  2. Topolytics is a data and analytics business which generate live data platforms to map the generation, movement and fate of industrial and commercial waste.  This enables waste producers and recycling companies to achieve better commercial, environmental and investment outcomes.
  3. Interface is a government funded body which matches businesses and academics for innovative research and development projects, awarded funding. Interface boosts innovation among groups of business and academics,

Projects are expected to kick off in September this year and will work towards developing a Best Practise Model of Circular Economy which other Islands and areas can look at and learn from, and contribute to the vision of Arran becoming a fully sustainable island.

This project will compliment another study, supported by North Ayrshire Council, to look at the commercial and technical feasibility of the provision of community composting services on Arran in partnership with the 3rd Sector.

Currently all waste is shipped off the Island and not segregated. There is no data giving the size, scale and seasonality of the waste as it currently goes to landfill with other waste. Eco Savvy are investigating a green waste and food waste facility on the island, this project could be the catalyst to change the dynamics of waste management on Arran.

The project is expected to contribute to significantly reducing landfill and adding value to waste to be used in energy / composting or reusing. Improving the green credentials of the island will also help Arran in its branding to attract tourists. The project will lead to Eco Savvy and stakeholders on the island developing various processes and improving others to develop the circular economy on Arran. This may also lead to various products developed or produced as a result of the waste streams but will depend on waste type, quantity and processes developed. Productivity will be improved overall for the island in terms of the amount of resource being brought on to the island and the amount being taken off, and the use and extended lifecycle of resources and products.

Local businesses and residents will be asked to share data on food waste volumes and seasonal variations in customer numbers through this survey. Following this they will be asked to participate further in a food waste weighing survey. Separating and weighing food waste for short time periods, 10 days’ weights will be the minimum required, more if they are able . They will be asked to share data showing how many customers/ transactions/covers they have annually.

The University of Strathclyde with Topolytics, will assess the operational, environmental and economic performance of various waste processing pathways. The results from these models will allow more informed decisions on which circular economy pathway is the optimum for the particular case of Arran.

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