Resources and waste

Waste represents a missed opportunity to harness the extra value of scarce resources. We help reverse that situation.

Arup understands the life cycle of products, urban development and strategic resources such as water and energy. Through this understanding, we bring an holistic approach to the management of resources and waste.

We help clients rethink their use of finite resources through good design and development of streamlined systems. We find better ways to prevent, reuse, recycle and recover energy from waste.

Arup delivers solutions through the entire waste lifecycle, from waste management strategies and waste servicing solutions, to designs for recycling and waste-to-energy facilities that are innovative, sustainable and affordable.

Global experience

Managing waste and using resources wisely are global issues. From the latest technologies to recover resources and energy from waste, to practices that make landfills less damaging to people’s health and the environment, our practical experience with public and private sector clients worldwide brings understanding of the application of these solutions across many contexts.

Our global network combines local insight with world-leading expertise. We tailor teams of specialists to match clients’ needs, whether they require strategic, technical or environmental advice; planning or business case modellinginfrastructure design for waste facilities or project management.

In Sydney, the city authority commissioned Arup to assess waste treatment options and develop a management strategy. Our team addressed highly complex issues in a sector where technology is emerging and often unproven to develop and assess a realistic business case, and a public/private financing and operating model.

Joined-up delivery

Arup’s versatility and innovative culture bring fresh thinking to each step in the resource and waste lifecycle. Stakeholders may involve us at different times in a project, but we still join up our experience to tackle the big picture.

In Hong Kong, high population density puts huge demand on local waste disposal. Arup’s feasibility study for the North East New Territories landfill extension helped the government respond to concern that landfill capacity would run out before more sustainable infrastructure could be developed.

In 2010 Veolia appointed Arup to lead the design for a sludge treatment facility that will significantly reduce the amount of sewage waste sent to Hong Kong landfills. The facility will generate electricity by incinerating the sludge left after wastewater treatment. The plant will process 2,000 tonnes of sludge per day, two thirds of which will come from Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works – which Arup is also helping to upgrade.



Lincolnshire Waste to Energy Structural ModelLincolnshire's Waste to Energy facility

The facility will generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes