Decisions on the strategies to follow in dealing with these operational and decommissioning wastes require consideration of a wide range of issues including environmental impact, safety, stakeholder acceptability, cost and practicability. In this paper, we focus on an approach that we have developed to analyse the time-varying resource requirements of different waste management options in terms of cost and plant capacity. The approach addresses the need for: • a standardised approach that can be used across different organisations; • a range of standard graphical outputs that can be used to communicate the key issues; • the need to match waste management strategy with the potential availability of relevant plant and facilities; • the need to evaluate the risks that arise to any strategy as the result of changes in policy or the failure of some component of the strategy. Many of the required issues can be addressed using a simple spreadsheet approach. However, this does not provide for standardisation, auditability or transparency and does not provide a wide range of analysis and presentation tools. We therefore advocate the use of a specifically designed decision support tool. ALPS (Advanced Liabilities Planning System) has been developed over a number of years to meet these requirements. It has been developed around the database package ACCESSTM and runs on Pentium TM PCs but has the essential features of project management packages that are necessary for strategic planning. The principal outputs of the system are cost, timing and utilisation data for waste stores, processing facilities, transport and disposal operations. The outputs can be displayed at any level of aggregation to allow the effects of different scenarios to be evaluated.

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