The spatial dimension of waste is crucial to understanding and making better decisions about reduction and valorisation. WasteMap shows where waste is generated and where it is sent for disposal, recycling, reprocessing. This geo-enablement helps our customers to:
- Provide a single, interactive map view on waste and resource flows – the ‘truth about waste’.
- Enable recycling and re-manufacturing.
- Model and predict patterns of waste generation.
- Identify efficiencies and new models of waste reduction and management.
- Enhance reporting and reduce corporate risk.
WasteMap examples in action
Topolytics worked with Royal Bank of Scotland to identify key environmental ‘impacts’ at Gogarburn, its global HQ. Topolytics tracked solid waste from the site and showed the ‘journey’ taken by this material in the hands of a sizeable waste management company. The resulting map shows a picture of complex waste movement, sorting and consolidation, followed by sale to different end users. The range of wastes includes paper, card, plastics, food, metals and packaging – ranging from daily, weekly and monthly measures.
Macsween is a leading specialist food brand, supplying all of the UK’s supermarkets. The company takes an innovative approach to sustainability and over a period of years recycled more of its waste, going zero landfill in 2015. The company uses multiple contractors to recycle different waste streams, including plastics, card, paper, organics, fats, metals and wood. It uses Topolytics to monitor and report on this data and maps its waste system in order to maintain extended producer responsibility for this material.
Sensor systems are increasingly deployed to track and monitor solid waste, effluent or air emissions from industrial and commercial activity. This generates more data which is only useful if managed properly and seen in the right context. WasteTrack allows our customers to monitor multiple waste streams from multiple technologies in real-time, via mobile or fixed devices.
This is visualised and analysed in WasteMap along with other contextual data, building up a complete picture of the waste system – reducing costs and risks, promoting efficiency and enabling valorisation of materials.
WasteTrack examples in action
Topolytics created a consortium from local and central government, industry and academia to pilot innovative, real-time sensing of gas emissions at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant. The plant is strategically important to the UK and local economy and is sited on the edge of Falkirk, a large town in central Scotland.
This work was the first step towards the creation of an environmental ‘shield’ across the industrial and residential area. It will consist of thousands of sensors measuring air quality, water quality, flood risk, waste and other metrics. The key being the use of technology to reduce environmental risk and enhance the investment potential of the industrial and residential zones.
As part of the project, we worked with St Andrews University to apply statistical modelling to sensor data in order to provide a level of quality control. Topolytics is now an industrial partner in an EPSRC ‘Science of Sensor Systems Software’ programme.
Topolytics is working with an environmental consultancy and sensor business to monitor air quality in real-time across a city in central China. Topolytics is analysing and smoothing the data, providing a live dashboard and alerting system. Historic data can also be explored interactively.