Category Archives: Waste Analysis

Waste Compositional Analysis Works

Albion Environmental is an experienced provider of Waste Compositional Analysis services to local authorities, waste management companies and producers of commercial and industrial waste.

Over the past 10 years we have sorted in excess of 280,000 kg of waste by completing Waste Compositional Analysis for our clients.

In recent weeks we have sent teams to Perth, Scottish Borders, and Carlisle, and we are due in Dundee in November, this is in addition to a weekly analysis carried out for a major waste operator in the area.

We can carry out a comparative Waste Compositional Analysis over longer periods, often 2 per year in spring / autumn or 4 over an 18 month period. 

Many clients will engage us to carry out a Waste Compositional Analysis before a new collection system is put in place and can complete similar Waste Compositional Analysis once implemented to allow a detailed report on the effect of the new collection systems

Our reports include detailed review of our work and information relevant to client requirements for example;

  • Weight (kg) and volume (litres) of each sort category within the sample
  • Waste is sorted down to 17 primary and 70 secondary categories
  • Percentage of each waste type found within the sample by weight and volume
  • What materials could be diverted to recyclate or considered to be contamination

For further information, contact 01292 610428 or

Jonathan Love Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with Albion

It is with great pleasure Albion Environmental Ltd are celebrating Jonathan’s 10 years’ service with the company. When Jonathan joined the company in 2008, it comprised of 4 employees with the head office based in rented office space. Through the years Albion has grown steadily moving to its newly refurbished office “Albion House” in 2013. In 2017 an extension was added to increase office space and improve the onsite training facility. We now have a staff of 14.

Jonathan joined the company as an environmental assistant to implement the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 at Levenseat. During his time Jonathan has continued to manage Levenseats environmental management system with the recent successful transition to 2015 standards and now working towards a combined 14001 and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems ISO 45001:2018 system. John has also managed our Business Management System which is accredited to ISO.

Jonathan holds the following Certificates of Technical Competence: Managing Treatment Non-Hazardous Waste, Managing Landfill Non-Hazardous Waste, Managing Transfer Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste, and is currently progressing to Chartered IOSH status.

Key areas of expertise include waste compositional analysis, environmental monitoring and Health, Safety and environmental auditing, compliance and preparation of documents.

It is estimated that Jonathan has managed waste analysis projects sorting through over 300 tonnes of waste. He does grumble about it but secretly he enjoys being the “rubbish expert!!”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jonathan for his continued support and loyalty to the company over the years.

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Falkirk Council provide foodwaste collection to households and businesses

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The Zero Waste Plan for Scotland proposes long term targets of recycling 70% of all Scotland’s waste and only 5% of all wastes ending up in landfill by 2025. Falkirk Council has developed a strategy supported by Zero Waste Scotland to help achieve this target and part of this strategy is the management of non-recyclable waste such as food waste. The Council are now providing food waste collections to householders and businesses. The food waste that is collected requires to be ‘bulked up’ to provide a more sustainable method of transporting this waste to the end user.

To allow this to happen, Falkirk Council recently commenced the operation of a food waste bulking up and transfer facility at their HWRC site at Kinneil Kerse. This facility also includes an area for the receipt, bulking up and transfer of glass waste for recycling.

Albion Environmental Ltd were delighted to provide the necessary support to Falkirk Council to allow this facility to be developed. This support covered development of facility, obtaining necessary permissions from regulators including complying with the ABP Regulations, the development of operational documents and provision of training for the operational team.’  



Falkirk Council Waste Analysis Data

Falkirk Council Waste Analysis Data

Albion Environmental completed a compositional waste analysis for Falkirk Council in February 2014 to study the contents of their Green Bin (residual waste). The work was carried out to assess the quantities of materials which could still be recycled from this collection. 

The data has helped Falkirk Council plan changes to their Green Bin collection which has now moved from two weekly to a three weekly collection. The data has also been used to provide promotional information to members of the public to encourage an increase in recycling within the Council area.  

The work carried out was part of a three stage compositional analysis. The first stage was completed in September 2013 to assess the contents of the Green Bin. The second stage was completed in February 2014 to assess if a targeted marketing information programme was effective in increasing recycling rates. The third stage will be completed in July 2014 to assess the effects of moving to a three weekly residual waste collection.  

The methodology used for the study was the Zero Waste Scotland publication ‘Guidance on the Methodology for Waste Compositional Analysis For local authorities commissioning waste compositional analysis of municipal waste’. A sample of 100 households was selected based on Tax Bands to give a socio-economic profile.  

The data from the analysis showed that 60% of items in the Green Bin could have potentially been recycled.  

The Falkirk Council public information brochure can be downloaded using the link below.       


Compositional Waste Analysis and Future Potential for the Recycling System (Part 3)

Albion Environmental Ltd. can help you to estimate the future potential for your recycling system, carrying out Compositional Waste Analysis of Residual Waste. The main purposes of the analysis are:

  • Provide details of the quantity of each material type going to the residual bin collection system operated by the Council.
  • Try and identify the quantity of waste which could be recycled from the residual collection.


The analysis would be conducted in accordance with the Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) Guidance (Version 1.3 July 17th 2013):

  • Sample sizes were reduced to 20.
  • In order to further improve the statistical accuracy of the analysis, socio-economic profiling can be used and the 100 bin sample can be weighted to represent differing ACORN classifications for the Council area. A sample of 20 households can be selected from each ACORN group.


In this third instalment, it will be revised the analysis of residual waste bins.

An analysis of residual waste can be carried out to try and identify the participation in the multi bin collection system.

This analysis can also be used to provide valuable information for future development of the system.

Taking into account the collection system that the Council currently has developed and rolled out and analysing the data gained from the compositional waste analysis, the average weight and volume of the Green Bin can be estimated.

For instance, this Scottish Council has currently developed the following multi bin collection system:

  • Food Waste Caddies – cooked and uncooked meat, fish and vegetables, dairy, bread, etc. – collected weekly.
  • Textile Bag – clothing, shoes, bags, belts, sheets, etc. – collected fortnightly.
  • Blue Bin – Mixed dry recyclables including paper, cans, cardboard and plastics – collected fortnightly.
  • Brown Bin – compostable garden waste – collected fortnightly.
  • Black Box – glass, WEEE & batteries – collected fortnightly.
  • Green Bin – residual waste – collected fortnightly.

Based upon the data gained in the Compositional Waste Analysis, it is possible to get the following charts that show the average weight and volume of residual waste per Green Bin for each ACORN Category and as an overall average.



Assuming that all of the potentially recyclable materials placed in the Green Bin were instead placed into one of the recyclable collection containers, or, taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) or a suitable charity, we can calculate how much of the waste collected in the residual Green Bin could potentially be diverted to other recycling collections within the Council area.

The following table Potential Recycling Increases shows the weights and volumes of each of the waste categories and sub-categories collected in the Green Bin which could be diverted to another Recycling scheme, and what materials would be left in the Green Bin.

The following charts summarise how the contents of the Green Bin could be redistributed as a percentage.


The following tables show how this potential recycling increase would affect the other collections over a four week period.


The following chart shows the additional percentages of materials from the Green Bin (by weight and volume) that could potentially be recycled by other means.


In conclusion, the Council can still potentially achieve an increased recycling rate of 66% by weight and 48.4% by volume.


Please feel free to contact us to resolve any queries in relation to Compositional Analysis of Residual Waste. Our experienced staff will be here to help and estimate the potentialities that your current recycling system has.