The article was published in the September edition of Waste Management Review.
The need to develop more extensive and accurate waste data has been highlighted in both the NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy Issues Paper and Victorian Government’s new Circular Economy policy.
Specifically, Victoria’s policy notes that a shift to a circular economy relies on high-quality and transparent data, which at present, is lacking. Add to this the fact that the Federal Government’s 2016 State of the Environment Report – the most recently undertaken – draws on data from 2013, and one notes a widespread issue.
While these instances address data from a waste policy and regulatory perspective, Simon Kalinowski, Mandalay Technologies CEO, says comprehensive and accurate data is critical at every level.
“Quality data is the bedrock for good decision making. Operating without it can leave organisations vulnerable to making poor and expensive decisions or lose their competitive edge,” he explains.