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Topolytics Builds Ordnance Survey Map to Track and Monitor UK Waste

Ross Kelly


Topolytics Ordnance Survey

Topolytics’ system will track all inert and hazardous waste from businesses, local authorities households and the construction sector. 

Data analytics business, Topolytics, has announced it will work with Ordnance Survey to create a system to monitor and track waste across the UK.

The Edinburgh-based company has been selected by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to design a ‘smart’ system to capture the movement of waste from their sources through to final processing or disposal.

Topolytics’ system will track all inert and hazardous waste from businesses, local authorities households and the construction sector.

Across the world, most waste still ends up in landfill sites or unregulated waste dumps. This, the company said, represents a significant economic loss and has damaging effects on the environment and society.

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Commenting on the announcement, CEO Michael Groves said: “We are excited to be partnering with the Ordnance Survey on delivering a powerful and practical solution for the UK’s environmental regulators and waste managers.

“Our combination of waste industry experience, software development, data science and geospatial analytics is a powerful mix.”

Topolytics is designing the system on its WasteMap analytics platform, which makes waste management more cost and resource efficient.

The platform will ingest and process data from a number of different sources, applying data science, mapping and geographic analytics to form a concise picture of waste sources, different types of waste and disposal locations.

Through this, the improves the visibility of materials movement. 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 groundbreaking sensor and analytics projects in the UK and China.

The UK Government aims to examine how the UK’s waste is generated, handled and processed to improve oversight of waste management and to minimise environmental damage. 

As part of its efforts, the government launched the smart waste tracking challenge under its GovTech Catalyst programme, which will bring together public and private sector stakeholders to develop waste management solutions 

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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