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opensky Data Systems wins contract to design customised Waste Data Management System for all 22 Local Councils in Wales, funded by Welsh Government

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Welsh Local Government Association and Pembrokeshire County Council select Openskys Integrated Waste Data Management System (IWDMS) to manage collection, disposal and financial information.

Kerbside Collections Wales Pembrokeshire

Opensky Data Systems is delighted to announce that the company was awarded the contract to provide Pembrokeshire County Council with IWDMS, a leading Municipal Waste Data Management system, already popular with English Waste Disposal Authorities. Funded by Welsh government, the system will be tailored to meet the unique requirements of Welsh local councils with responsibilities for waste disposal and collection and will include functionality designed by the WLGA to support realtime national reporting of waste data in the long term. The system will be made available to all 22 Welsh councils during the coming months and will go live in Pembrokeshire County Council in October. The single supplier framework agreement awarded to opensky for a four year period will enable contracts to be called off by individual authorities at any time.

“The Welsh Local Government Association is working with Welsh local authorities to develop an efficient waste data management system.  Our objective is to support local authorities in using one streamlined system to manage MSW data, both financial and tonnage. A single system, like IWDMS, will ensure high quality data with an added level of transparency and give waste teams the ability to report in to WDF in a more efficient and simple way. This also has the potential of streamlining the process of reporting end destinations (Q100 in WDF) of waste while contributing in the long term to helping Welsh local authorities report against the Welsh Government’s Statutory Recycling Targets set out in Towards Zero Waste; The Waste Strategy for Wales”, 

Gwyndaf Parry, Improvement Officer – Waste, WLGA


Pembrokeshire County Council require the new system to help it produce performance indicators, waste data flow returns, quarterly returns and regional benchmarking for the WLGA. The system also manages many of the routine business and validation processes for municipal waste teams such as audit and validation checks on weighbridge tickets Waste Returns, Trade Waste Estimates, Container Fill Returns, Haulage Routes and Invoices, Incinerator Outputs and Charity Recycling Returns and also offers users across the council access to an extensive self service reporting module to develop routine internal and regulatory reports and enable realtime insights in their Waste Flow. The system will enable the authority to easily analyse trends surrounding MSW and predict future recycling and MSW levels.

This unified approach has many potential benefits for local authorities and the WLGA including:

  • Reduce costs by efficiently using LA assets
  • Integrate waste operations with the council’s systems
  • Streamline and monitor business processes
  • Access operational information and accurate reporting
  • Respond quickly to customer enquiries 

Commenting on opensky Data Systems signing of the contract, Michael Cronin, Managing Director said, “We are delighted with this new contract, our first in Wales and are encouraged by the level of interest in the system from across the Welsh councils. We applaud Pembrokeshire County Council for their vision and commitment to maintaining high standards in waste data management. The system continues to grow in popularity in the UK as a unique and comprehensive solution for improving municipal waste data management.”

opensky Data Systems will be presenting IWDMS at the CIWM Scottish Resources Conference on 5th / 6th October 2016.