Waste Flow Diagram – assessment tool for mapping waste flows: now online!

Online • 26. January 2021

Waste Flow Diagram – assessment tool for mapping waste flows: now online!

The Waste Flow Diagram (WFD) is a rapid assessment tool for mapping waste flows and quantifying plastic leakage. It is an excel-based tool that estimates the amounts of solid waste that leak into nature and oceans by various sources. It was co-financed by BMZ and developed in cooperation by GIZ, the University of Leeds, Eawag-Sandec and Wasteaware and is available for download.

The Waste Flow Diagram (WFD) is a rapid assessment tool for mapping waste flows and quantifying plastic leakage. It was developed in cooperation by GIZ, the University of Leeds, Eawag-Sandec and Wasteaware and is available online here.

The WFD was developed since insufficient waste management is considered one major source of marine litter, especially along coats and rivers. Understanding the leaks and pathways of plastic waste into the environment is key in developing effective measures to beat plastic pollution.

The WFD is an excel-based tool that estimates the amounts of solid waste that leak into nature and oceans by various sources. Through a scenario function, it simulates how improved waste management could reduce environmental pollution and avoid marine litter. Further it visualises the quantities of municipal solid waste streams within a waste management system and helps to plan waste projects, especially about marine litter prevention and monitor their effectiveness.

Click here to download the tool and find more information, including a user manual and video tutorial. For question you may contact: wfd.plasticpollution@leeds.ac.uk.