From Source to Final Process

Data analytics business Topolytics is working with the Ordnance Survey to create a system to monitor and track all of the UK's waste. The company has been selected by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to design a ‘smart' system to capture the more than 20 million movements of waste from their sources through to final processing or disposal.

Government wants to know more about how the UK's waste is generated, handled and processed in order to improve oversight, maximise the value of waste materials and minimise its damage to the environment. It therefore launched this smart waste tracking challenge under its GovTech Catalyst, a programme that engages the private sector with public sector challenges. Topolytics is designing the system on its WasteMap analytics platform that makes waste management more cost and resource efficient. It ingests and processes data from many different sources and applies data science, mapping and geographic analytics to identify and qualify the sources, types and movements of different materials – making the waste system visible and verifiable and in the process unlocking value from the material for all those in the processing chain.

Across the world, most waste still ends up in landfill sites or unregulated waste dumps. This represents a significant economic loss and has negative consequences for the environment and society. Topolytics helps companies that generate waste to capture much more value from this material and ensure that the value of their waste is maximised. Its data is also accessed by recyclers and others that want to recover materials and bring them back into production. WasteMap has been developed through close collaboration with industry, government and academia, including pioneering sensor and analytics projects in the UK and China.