Recovery Rate (KPI-8)

Measured as the percentile of the waste re-sorted, handled and quantified as that which qualify as re-usable, repurpose-able, and recyclable – as against the total waste stream handled for the day.

  • Acceptable average – 40-80%.
  • True increase expected when waste stream is primarily processed for use as a Segregated Combustible Fraction (SCF) or as Alternate Fuel & Resources (AFR).
  • Apparent increase chiefly due to errors in re-sorting, classification and weigment.
  • True decrease chiefly due to lack of segregation at source and high moisture content of waste stream and inadequate training among re-sorting personnel.
  • Apparent decrease chiefly due to apathy and lack of supervision.

Actions to be taken

  • Check weighment procedures in the Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Train and re-train personnel involved in the re-sorting process and intensify supervision.
  • Liaise with personnel involved in collection and transport to improve segregation rates and decrease moisture content.
  • Conduct individual supervisory checks on personnel involved in re-sorting and take appropriate corrective measures.
  1. Machinery breakdown will show a lower result as the recovered material cannot be weighed.
  2. A single special stream, depending on it’s nature, will either lower or raise the recovery rate.
  3. Special activities such as clearing of backlogs will show higher rates.

Absolute Weight in kgs

Averages in %


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