Our Waste Management work
Waste management poses complex economic, environmental and policy challenges and opportunities. With increasing populations and urbanisation, sound waste management is needed to support sustainable cities.
Innovative policy design and thinking will be needed to achieve the ambitious goals for the future to reduce waste and associated environmental damage, create incentives for positive behavioural change, and to achieve circular economy outcomes by increasingly using waste as a resource through recycling and resource recovery.
We apply sound economics to find practical solutions and balance often competing objectives. We also use the innovative insights from behavioural economics to identify ways of achieving sustained, desired behavioural change.
We have assisted governments, businesses and other stakeholder with a range of waste management challenges:
- Designing incentive mechanisms to encourage solid waste reduction and circular economy outcomes for an Australian state government.
- Development of an integrated utility service approach for Western Parkland City in Sydney integrating waste services with water, wastewater, recycled water, stormwater, electricity, gas and telecommunications and digital connectivity services.
- Development of a water factory proposal for Western Parkland City in Sydney with the potential to treat wastewater, non-potable and potable recycled water standards and include waste-to energy facilities.
- Advice on economics of biogas in the context of understanding the value of gas in a hydrogen future and for power generation
- Investigating barriers affecting the funding of integrated water cycle management, that is, integrating water supply, sewerage and stormwater in order to reduce reliance on limited natural water sources and reduce pollutant loads to the environment.