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Centre for Waste Management (CWM)


The Centre for Waste Management (CWM) was established in 2002 to provide a focus for existing waste/environmental research, consultancy and course provision at the University of Central Lancashire. We are committed to the management of waste and developing resource efficiency to create a positive impact on the many associated environmental and commercial issues.

The Centre is research active and works on many topical areas of interest. Alongside this, we have also developed a series of courses to help you plan your professional development. We can offer advice and supporting materials that you may find very useful.

The Centre for Waste Management provides a focus for existing waste/environmental research and course provision at the University of Central Lancashire. Our staff are highly qualified and have expertise in their chosen field. They are experienced in working with the public and private sectors. We provide internationally recognised formal postgraduate qualifications in addition to business-focused short courses and bespoke training.

UCLan has provided postgraduate waste management courses since 1991 and has produced graduates from all over the world. Our graduates are now working both in the UK and overseas in senior positions in waste operation and regulation within the private, statutory and voluntary sectors. Others are developing successful careers in related fields of environmental management and industry.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Waste Minimisation, Re-use and Recycling
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Implementation of Legislation
  • Construction Waste
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • Life Cycle Assessments
  • Carbon Management
  • Legal Compliance
  • Waste Logistics
  • WEEE/Electronics
  • Carbon and Carbon Management

The vision for the Centre for Waste Management is to become the recognised regional centre for research and development on waste, environmental management and pollution control. The objectives of the Centre for Waste Management are to:

  • Further develop recognition as a regional, national and international authority on the management of waste and pollution
  • To build on our international reputation and further collaborate with pan-European partner projects
  • Provide education and training for graduates and practitioners in the waste management and environmental protection industries
  • Provide a base for visiting academics and subject specialists from the industrial and public sectors from both the UK and abroad
  • Facilitate co-operation between members and professional bodies, industry, regulators and the environmental research community
  • Encourage our culture of research excellence and identity which attracts students and funding opportunities
  • Undertake quality academic and market-focused research in key specialised areas
  • Increase awareness of, and interest in, waste management through the delivery of short-courses, conferences, workshops and consultancy


WASTECOSMART - Optimisation of Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategies for the Maximisation of Resource Efficiency.

For the project, six research-driven triple helix clusters (science, industry and public sector) were formed in Paphos (CY), Central Hungary, Piedmont (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Stockholm (SE) and Liverpool City Region (UK). Collaboration with international partners from Brazil, Mexico and India to promote opportunities in waste management. The overall objective was to strengthen and increase the innovation capacity of regional research-driven clusters in resource efficiency. The objectives were achieved through cooperation, research and technological development within the waste sectors of the participating partners.


The EU-funded project ILLUMINATE (Automated sorting and recycling of waste lamps) developed methods and processes for the collection and sorting of lighting waste. Project researchers created a multisensory system that automatically sorts bulbs into different classes and removes foreign objects. The device combined machine-based recognition techniques with sensors that recognise weight, colour and shape in order to identify different types of bulbs in the waste stream.

Erasmus plus EwasteR

The EwasteR Consortium is composed of 13 organisations from four different countries – Cyprus, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom. The overall goal of the EwasteR Project is to develop and establish a new high-quality interdisciplinary curriculum for the E-Waste Recycling and Re-Use management sector in Europe. The initiative increased the potential of employability and mobility among entrepreneurs undertaking the developed course.

KTP’sEquine surfaces

Equestrian Surface planned to produce a commercially viable product from a complicated waste stream, waste carpets. The partnership included an extensive analysis on the post-consumer carpets and identifying the nature of the available polymer matrix. This was followed by the development of a viable manufacturing injection moulding machine used to produce a modular foundation system for equine arenas.

Recycling Lives

As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Recycling Lives and UCLan, funded by Innovate UK. A two-year study was undertaken into how ASR (auto-shredder residue) could be diverted from landfill. The ASR is a result of shredding, sorting and separating large volumes of waste and comprises of foams, rubber, fibres, textiles and other non-commercial recyclable materials.

A process has been created that transforms the residue into electrical energy, creating a full closed-loop recycling solution on-site and significantly reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Khodier, Ala, Williams, Karl S and Dallison, Neil (2017) Waste Management . ISSN 0956-053X Challenges around automotive shredder residue production and disposal.

Khodier, Ala, Williams, Karl S and Dallison, Neil (2018) In: 7th International Conference on Energy and Sustainability, 20-22 September 2017, Seville, Spain. Pilot-scale thermal treatment of automotive shredder residue: Pyrolysis char is a resource or waste.

Waste management is an important and fast moving industry, vital to any nation's health, environment and economic wellbeing. This programme of courses was developed in close consultation with professional bodies within the waste industry, and seeks to meet their current and future needs.

Masters courses available – Full-time and part-time courses starting January and September in the following areas:  

CIWM Construction Waste Awareness

The course covers all of the basic waste issues of the standard WAC course. In addition, the material has been tailored to the construction/demolition industry where appropriate and includes additional related material.

CIWM Waste Awareness

The Waste Awareness Certificate is an initiative from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). The CIWM Waste Awareness Certificate has been designed for all employees and not just those who may have a direct responsibility for dealing with waste. It is therefore suitable for staff at all levels and across all sections of an organisation, whether they are involved in a manufacturing, retail or a service process.

CIWM Healthcare Awareness

The CIWM’s new version of the Waste Awareness Certificate for those working within the healthcare industry is now available. Building on the standard version of the Waste Awareness Certificate, this new version contextualises the main principles of the course into the healthcare sector where appropriate.

Food & Drink Industry Resource Solutions

This is a unique series of training workshops for the food and drink manufacturing industry from the University of Central Lancashire. Developed with the assistance of the industry, workshops address shortfalls in current training provisions and focus on waste and associated legislation, new technologies and resource efficiency. Individual workshops can be undertaken as part of any CPD programme. However an additional feature which bridges the gap between workplace learning and academic qualifications has been developed. On completion of 10 workshops a portfolio can be submitted in order to gain a certificate. These 20 credit certificates counts as a level 4 module towards a degree programme.

Waste Resource Optimisation in Food Processing

This Certificate’s programme is primarily geared towards those in the food industry who want to obtain a combined knowledge of food industry waste and resource solutions. It is designed to enhance your career prospects by the application of scientific expertise to practical, business and managerial situations, and the understanding, implementation and response to rapidly evolving policies, interventions and market opportunities.

Constructing Solutions for the Low Carbon Economy

With the aid of all relevant sectors of the industry, the University of Central Lancashire has developed a series of dynamic workshops that will enhance the continuing professional development, and employment opportunities of personnel employed in the field of engineering construction, focusing on the low carbon economy. Each workshop will be aimed at a different aspect of the knowledge required to make an informed judgement and ensure the suitability of a particular technology as a solution to the identified need.

Recycling Managers Training Course

This course is primarily aimed at resource efficiency and optimisation within local authorities.

Application for CPD courses should be made directly to the Centre for Waste Management: Courses are run subject to demand and a minimum number of attendees.

School of Forensic and Applied Science Kirkham Building KM110 University of Central Lancashire Preston PR1 2HE Tel: +44 (0) 1772 893963 E-mail: Centre for Waste Management

  • Prof Karl S Williams Director of Centre for Waste Management
  • David Richardson Project Manager Making Carbon Work Project
  • Mark Nelson Business Engagement Officer Making Carbon Work Project
  • Andrew Gullick Carbon and Energy Auditor Making Carbon Work Project
  • Peter Burns Business Engagement Support Officer Making Carbon Work Project
  • Nilima Naik Project Administrator Making Carbon Work Project
  • Alison Holden Business Engagement Officer Eco-I North West Project

Post-Doc Researcher

  • Dr Ala Kobier

PhD Students

  • Daniel Lythgoe: Global Challenge of Covid-Related Plastic Waste (CPW) And Its Role in Mitigating Climate Change: Using Case Studies In The UK And Sri Lanka
  • Temitope Olowolafe: Development of A Community-Based Urban Solid Waste Management Model for Remediation of Unofficial Dumpsites in Nigeria
  • Kwabena Poku: Household Participation in Source Separation of Plastics Waste Towards A Circular Economy and Sustainable Waste Management: A Case Study of The Accra Municipality in Ghana
  • Akinyele Akinwale Adebayo: Comparative Techno-Economical Assessment of Hybrid Energy Systems and Integration into Community Microgrid For Households in Nigeria.
  • Mark Smurthwaite: A Study of Solutions to the Negative Environmental Impact of Food Supply through the Reduction of Packaging Waste

The Eco-Innovation Cumbria project aims to support SMEs to improve their efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry. A range of short to long term interventions are being developed. The project brings together expertise from the University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria University and Lancaster University.

Our MaCaW project is an academic/industry collaboration designed to assist Lancashire SMEs in overcoming the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model.

Eco-I NW is a £14m business Research and Development (R&D) programme which will support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the North West