Creating a greener, cleaner Surrey
Surrey Environment Partnership Review April 2019 – March 2020
Activity and achievements
- Managing Surrey’s Waste
- Reducing fly-tipping
- Reducing single-use plastics
- Climate change
Managing Surrey’s waste: Improving data capture
The availability of accurate and timely data continues to be critical to effectively manage our programme of work and identify our key priorities as we deliver Surrey’s waste strategy.
Since 2018, work has been ongoing to procure a new waste data system to replace the system which had been in place since 2014. A budget of £180,000 was approved for the 4-year period from 2018-19 to 2021-22, to cover system development and annual operational costs.
The new system has now gone live and been rolled out to all partner authorities. System developments have resulted in a number of improvements including the system design and ease of use. Users are also able to produce bespoke reports in line with their own requirements. User training is still underway and is due to be completed for all authorities by the end of May 2020.
One particular area of focus now is around how the system can be used to simplify the process of preparing statutory returns for the Government each quarter. This is currently being trialled, and we plan to use the system for some authorities’ submissions, which are due in June 2020.
It should then be possible for other authorities to replicate this approach, which would both improve the consistency of reporting to the Government and save officer time across the partnership.
It is still our intention that the system will provide a single source of accurate and timely tonnage data for the partnership.
We are continuing to make further improvements to our current monthly reporting processes, particularly to reduce officer time spent on data validation. This should then allow users access to even more timely, accurate data.
The system will provide a single source of accurate and timely tonnage data for the partnership.