It is good practice for local authorities to regularly monitor and evaluate their services and schemes to assess performance, identify problems, make changes, design new approaches and ultimately improve efficiency and effectiveness. The Monitoring and Evaluation Guide has been updated in 2023 to provide practical advice and tips on how to do this.

This guide covers monitoring and evaluation of:

  • local recycling and composting collection services / schemes;
  • re-use schemes, for example furniture and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) re-use or reusable bag schemes;
  • waste prevention schemes including nappy schemes, unwanted mail and food waste prevention initiatives; and
  • communications campaigns and outreach activities.

It focuses on household waste but the techniques described can be adapted for other types of municipal and non-municipal waste.

It is designed specifically for organisations that are responsible for running waste recycling, composting, reuse and reduction services / schemes including:

  • waste collection and disposal authorities, working alone or in partnership;
  • waste management collection and disposal contractors;
  • civic amenity site managers;
  • community groups that operate recycling, composting, reuse and/or reduction schemes; and
  • monitoring and evaluation specialists such as consultancies and universities.

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  • Monitoring and Evaluation Guidance.pdf

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