Supply Chain Waste Targeted In APSRG Report

supply-chain-wasteThe All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) has published a collection of expert essays to help each stage of the supply chain to cut waste and become more resource efficient.

Cutting costs and saving resources is an issue now relevant to every link in the supply chain, APSRG says, as it publishes Link to Link: Driving Resource Efficiency across Supply Chains.

The report brings together industry experts and 10 case studies to examine how each stage of the supply chain can become more resource-efficient and cut waste.

Barry Sheerman MP and Peter Aldous MP – “The UK needs to move towards a system where the entire supply chain of products moves towards the circular model. The old model of make, use, dispose cannot continue, and this is true of all sectors in the UK, not just the environmental services and waste industries”

The APSRG is making 12 recommendations, most notably calling for the government to conduct a call for evidence on the state of play of resource efficiency in UK companies to determine barrier preventing them from being resource efficient.

The foreword sates: “There is much more that government can do to support the organisations already making positive efforts to improve their resource efficiency, as well as encouraging further businesses and industries to take up the challenge. But it is not for government to do alone.

“This collection of essays will try to stimulate new thinking and inspire both industry and government to consider the environmental impact of their supply chains, and encourage more collaboration and shared best practice to improve resource efficiency and solidify their businesses whilst moving toward a more circular economy.”

Circular Model

The list of contributors include influential experts from SUEZ, GJF Fabrications, the University of Northampton, WRc, Feed-back, Northampton Business School, WRAP, the Knowledge Transfer Network, Eunomia Research & Consulting, Royal Holloway University of London and Greenclick.

Co-chairs Barry Sheerman MP and Peter Aldous MP commented: “The UK needs to move towards a system where the entire supply chain of products moves towards the circular model. The old model of make, use, dispose cannot continue, and this is true of all sectors in the UK, not just the environmental services and waste industries.”

GJF’s Managing Director Dr David Gillett – “Our research suggests this will make the industry look considerably different by 2020 and we will be using our research and working with operators and logistics companies to ensure we have designed the right containment solutions to meet their needs”

GJF’s recently appointed Managing Director Dr David Gillett said: “Maximum value for a resource stream may this morning be incineration and this afternoon reprocessing. In order to maximise value in these ‘spot markets’, operators will need excellent logistics, software for resource consolidation, routing & trading; and containers designed with highly efficient logistics in mind and minimizing tare weight and carbon footprint. These capabilities are not as mature as they need to be to achieve high economic efficiency.

“GJF Thinking’s analysis indicates the industry will move to a fusion between the collection & handling skills of the waste & recycling operators and the consolidation, handling and routing skills of globally leading logistics companies, routing the resources to the multiplicity of end-points. We think Trade Associations will also play a role by driving the closed loop approach to specific waste sub-groups that are costly to deal with.

“Our research suggests this will make the industry look considerably different by 2020 and we will be using our research and working with operators and logistics companies to ensure we have designed the right containment solutions to meet their needs.”

For the full report CLICK HERE

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