Project results

  • Developed measurement protocols to provide accurate reports

  • New system starts in October 2022

  • Provided guidance in data assessment, evaluation and verification

  • Protocols were developed in coordination with the Packaging Waste Fund

The Packaging Waste Fund contracted Royal HaskoningDHV to develop the measurement protocols to obtain the necessary recycling data for plastics, wood, aluminium, steel, glass, and paper/cardboard. In addition, six monitoring protocols were required to guide how the data is evaluated to produce annual monitoring reports for the EPR scheme, including quantities of plastic waste collected, the amount that became available for recycling, and losses made.

Practical experience and industry knowledge key to effective protocols

“Protocols need to be practical, easy to interpret and to apply,” explains Erik van Dijk, Senior Consultant in Circular Economy at Royal HaskoningDHV.
To achieve this, it’s necessary to have a clear understanding of how the recycling sector is organised and where the financial stakes are. The protocols must relate to the way the market currently functions and identify where exemptions are needed to produce a single verifiable figure.

Erik van Dijk

Senior Consultant in Circular Economy at Royal HaskoningDHV

The protocols were developed for and in close coordination with the Packaging Waste Fund. A structured approach drew on our considerable practical experience in drafting protocols for monitoring and sampling audits. Clear explanations in the protocols ensure they are practical and not overly complicated so companies involved in recycling and sorting waste can provide accurate reports on their activities. The new measurement and reporting system started in 2022. By facilitating monitoring, these protocols make it possible to see whether the increasing recycling targets are met or whether additional measures must be taken.

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Project facts

  • Client
    Packaging Waste Fund-Afvalfonds Verpakking
  • Location
    Netherlands
  • Licensee
    2021-2022
  • Wastewater
    Obtain the necessary recycling data to produce annual monitoring reports for ERP schemes, quantities of plastic waste collected, the amount available for recycling and the loss made.
  • Project type
    Measurement protocols were developed for recycling data for plastics, wood, aluminium, steel, glass and paper/cardboard.