British Institute of Facilities Management


Professional and well informed, Nicki and her team have produced a well written guide which is both comprehensive and concise. It has been well received by both the BIFM and our members.
Annie Horsley, Research and Information Executive, BIFM

The requirement

As the professional body for facilities management in the UK, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) helps members stay abreast of legislation and best practice. As part of this role, the BIFM provides a range of knowledge resources including good practice guides.

In 2013, I was contracted to write the BIFM Good Practice Guide to Recycling and Waste Management. I was then commissioned again in 2017 to update the guide and prepare a 600 word article about what the BIFM feels is good practice for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Journal.

The solution

I scoped out the content of the guide, defining the principle decisions made by businesses and how they affect best practice in recycling and waste management. I then teamed up with my associates Ann Beavis and Kirsteen Harrison to write the guide, aiming to provide a useful tool to a wide range of businesses and organisations with differing corporate objectives, waste streams, bin space and budgets.

The outcomes

The result was a 32 page guide, in line with the BIFM standard, that was shared with BIFM’s 12,000+ membership. The guide looked at the drivers for good practice and the principles that businesses needed to follow including meeting legislation, following the waste hierarchy, addressing health and safety and ensuring good communications. The guide also summarised the key considerations facing businesses, without prescribing a ‘one size fits all’ solution, and suggested factors with might affect decision making in these areas which included choosing a supplier, commingled versus single stream recycling, waste streams and disposal routes.

The supporting article appeared in the CIWM Journal in March 2017.

Download the Good Practice Guide to Recycling & Waste Management on the BIFM website.