IRM assesses wastes and what can be done with them including the costs, revenues,
operating maintenance and replacement costs etc.. While this is a
and each application
is different, there are some key questions such as:
- What volumes and types of waste do you have and how wet are
- Where are the wastes located, how are they collected and at what
- What can the wastes be turned into and at what cost?
- What can the recovered resources earn, where are the markets and
contracts and what's the cost to get them to buyers?
- How certain are the contracts for both feedstock supply and sale
of recovered resources?
- Where do the wastes currently go and where might they go to best
take advantage of revenues? Are they different?
- What are the political and logistical opportunities and
- Are heating, cooling and electricity part of the potential?
Are these really worthwhile pursuing? What are the base loads?
- Do you have a background in this and can you create the business
case? Do you need help?
- How will you procure this? Buy the equipment? Lease
it? Do you want to outsource the service to reduce risk?
- Are grants and/or financing available and do you want to partner
or fully control the direction? Are the grants certain or will
they hold things up?
- What oversight or possible interference is there from
organisations you don't control?
- What about public engagement? Has it
been well handled (or - and more likely: should you start again)?
- Are people against incineration? Do they understand that
gasification is very different?
Pivotal was formed to not only implement its own projects and
those of partners, but to help others with waste planning by
developing "straw man" plans capable of implementation.
- For business it reduces cost and risk, thus adding to the
bottom line. We fully understand the importance of profit and risk;
- For communities IRM is better for the environment and
both cheaper and better for taxpayers. We fully understand the
public dimension and government procurement.
IRM was reviewed by Dr. Charles McNeill, Manager of the United Nations Development
Programme's Environmental Program Team, who concluded:
"I conclude that this IRM plan is conceptually sound and
on the right track, and if implemented it would likely provide a
model of great value to countless municipalities throughout the
IRM applies a business discipline to waste management, to maximize
value from resource recovery. For more detail read the
IRM summary or about our technologies.