Key Waste Issues

IRM assesses wastes and what can be done with them including the costs, revenues, operating maintenance and replacement costs etc..  While this is a dynamic process and each application is different, there are some key questions such as:

IRM Process

  • What volumes and types of waste do you have and how wet are they?
  • Where are the wastes located, how are they collected and at what cost?
  • 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 barriers?
  • 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?

For more information read our IRM page or download the IRM summary.


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