How to write a waste prevention plan

In this section we offer an example plan structure that can be used as a starting template for your own plan. 

Key points

  • Think about the structure of your plan early.  This will highlight the areas of research and consultation you should complete before coming to conclusions and help to present your plan in a clear manner.
  • Read through the whole of the Household Waste Prevention Hub’s ‘Delivering Waste Prevention’ first.

How to write a waste prevention plan

To write your local authority waste prevention plan you should first read through all four sections of the Household Waste Prevention Hub’s Delivering Waste Prevention. This will help you think through all the issues before committing pen to paper.

In the 'Good practice waste prevention plans' section we have given some examples of waste prevention plans. Drawing on these, an example structure is set out below:

1. Local strategic context

1.1 The area 

1.2 Waste generation

2. The case for waste prevention

2.1 Definition of waste prevention

2.2 The importance of waste prevention

2.3 Economic feasibility

3. Policy and statutory drivers

3.1 European directives and policy 

3.2 National legislation and plans

3.3 Regional drivers

3.4 Local drivers and strategic processes

4. Planning the waste prevention programme

4.1 Aim of the waste prevention plan

4.2 Current baseline of waste prevention activities

4.3 Development of the plan

4.4 Consultation workshops [if applicable]

4.6 Setting priorities – waste streams & policies

4.7 Roles and responsibilities

4.8 Implementation of initiatives

5. Programme timetable

6. Project partners

7. Monitoring and Evaluation