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TRANSPORT-Transport 2025

Innovativ avfallslogistikk og avfallshåndtering

Alternative title: Innovative Waste Logistics

Awarded: NOK 4.0 mill.

Project Number:

296160

Project Period:

2019 - 2022

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The project Innovative Waste Logistics aims at contributing to more efficient and environmentally sound logistics and sustainable collection of waste from municipalities in Norway. This is done by developing models and tools that will serve as decision support during procurement, establishment of contracts and implementation of transport services relating to waste management. The participants in the project are Vesar, Bærum kommune renovasjon, Renovasjon for Drammensregionen (RfD), Renovasjon i Grenland (RIG), Fredrikstad kommune, Søndre Helgeland Miljøverk (SHMIL), Avfall Norge, NORSUS and NIFU. Eirill Bø and Bente Flygansvær who are researchers at the Norwegian Business School BI, are subcontractors in the project. The project started in June 2019 and will run until June 2022. In the first part of the project data was collected from several sources: the demography of Norwegian municipalities, type of organisation, which municipalities purchases waste logistics and performs them in-house, data regarding amount of waste and economic costs, documentation from previously performed purchasing processes from the partners and information about collection of food waste. Based on the data, empirical analyses regarding correlation between demographic factors and separation rates have been performed. The results show that high collection rates are not significantly dependent on high costs, and that the waste system has a stronger correlation with sorting rates than the sociodemographic and geographical properties. A tool for calculating economic costs and environmental impacts has been developed and is now being tested in cases studies for several partners in the project. A scientific paper documenting the methodology and results from application of the tool has been written and submitted to a scientific journal. Interview with key stakeholders are being conducted to analyse the barriers for innovative and sustainable procurement of waste logistics services and how they can be reduced. In addition, three master theses have been carried out in relation to the project, one at the Norwegian Business School BI with the title Waste Management: Promoting innovation through increased dialogue in the public procurement process, A comparative case study within Norwegian Municipalities and one at TIK University of Oslo discussing strategic objectives regarding separation rates and waste minimisation for a selection of Norwegian municipalities. The third thesis, carried out at University of Agder, discusses how different collection systems affect perceived service, greenhouse gas emissions and transport costs. In fall semester 2021, a master student at NTNU is working on topics related to the project. The project plans to disseminate results at Waste Management Norway?s logistics seminar in December 2022. In addition, the partners in the project is developing a continuing educational course in waste logistics at NMBU.

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Den overordnede ideen bak prosjektet er å bidra til mer effektiv logistikk og bærekraftig avfallshåndtering for avfall fra kommuner og offentlig tjenesteproduksjon. Dette skal gjøres ved å utvikle modeller og verktøy som skal fungere som beslutningsstøtte under innkjøp, kontraktsfesting og gjennomføring av transporttjenester knyttet til avfallshåndtering. Målsetningen er å utvikle og implementere renovasjonsløsninger som er riktig priset ut fra krav til servicegrad, miljø- og ressurseffektivitet, samt krav til samfunnsøkonomisk og privatøkonomisk lønnsomhet. I dette ligger at renovasjonstjenester skal prises innenfor en samfunnsøkonomisk akseptabel ramme som samtidig gir akseptabel lønnsomhet for private leverandører av tjenester, og der avtalene gir grunnlag for innovasjon som kan komme både private leverandører og offentlige kunder til gode. Det har vært flere eksempler de siste årene på at kontraktene som inngås om renovasjonstjenester ikke er bærekraftige, fordi de ikke gir tilfredsstillende lønnsomhet for tjenesteleverandørene (to selskap er gått konkurs) og heller ikke gir tilstrekkelig servicegrad, kvalitet og ressurseffektivitet for kommunene.

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TRANSPORT-Transport 2025