Local authorities in Wales are annually invited to submit to the Benchmarking Project financial and performance data relating to three key waste service areas:
- Dry recycling
- Food waste
- Residual waste
The level of financial and performance data requested from each local authority includes:
- transport costs to treatment costs
- types of containers used
- number of frontline operatives
- number and type of vehicles operated
Once collated the data is recorded and analysed and two reports are produced, the WIP Finance Project Report and the WIP Benchmarking Paper. The WIP Benchmarking Paper presents the key findings from the research and makes recommendations for local authorities to consider implementing to improve service performance and efficiency.
The findings and recommendations from the WIP Benchmarking Paper are also used by the Wales Audit Office (WAO) in their annual waste benchmarking report who also follow-up with local authorities on implementation of the recommendations and by the County Surveyor’s Society Group where they are looked at in detail at their meetings.
To complement the work of the Benchmarking Project:
- Events are held where lessons learned in relation to the benchmarking process are discussed and examples of current good practice in waste service are shared. In previous years these events have been held in conjunction with the Wales Audit Office and the County Surveyor’s Society Group
- A new Waste Services Financial Benchmarking Hub has been developed to act as a repository for financial data relating to waste services in Wales since 2011
The participation of all 22 local authorities in Wales with the Benchmarking Project, many of whom have implemented or are in the process of implementing the Project’s recommendations, is likely to have helped with the overall progress seen across Wales as a whole in the waste service areas mentioned above and as highlighted in the latest WIP Finance Project Report
For more information contact: Barry Williams