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Tools and Guides

We have a range of practical tools and guides that will help you cut costs, reduce waste, and save energy and resources

Scroll down our list, to source what you need to build in resource efficiency to your business :

Guide to treating food waste on-site.

Not all food waste is entirely avoidable, even when all reasonable efforts are made to prevent or redistribute waste. Exploring anaerobic digestion, composting and wormeries as means of managing and disposing of waste responsibly and lessening environmental impact.

Brewery Guide on how to cut waste and create value from brewery by-products

Beer production inevitably leads to some waste such as; spent grains, hops and yeast slurry. There are many opportunities to reduce waste and turn by-products into food and fuel. Read this guide to find ways to make use of your brewery by-products, reduce waste uplift costs and avoid landfill.

Guide to managing food waste in cheese manufacturing - dairy sector

Your good practice guide written to help dairies, and particularly cheesemakers, to reduce food and natural waste. The result? Financial cost savings and reduced overheads.

The Renewables Calculator

The Renewables Calculator has been designed to enable businesses in any sector to carry out a renewable technology feasibility study in order to determine the viability of onsite electricity and/or heat generation.

This tool is under constant development with factors being updated when required and any issues that are identified by users investigated and rectified. If you experience any issues, please email Gordon.Dick@zerowastescotland.org.uk with details which will allow us to investigate.

The installation of renewable technology provides businesses with the security of onsite energy generation, as well as the provision of income via exported energy sales and government subsidies such as the Feed-in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

For more information on these subsidies visit www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes.

 

Improving Waste Management: A how-to guide for business groups

The Improving Waste Management: A How-to Guide for Business Groups and its accompanying tools and templates have been developed to help business support groups engage with the businesses they represent to identify and implement collaborative waste management improvement opportunities.

A guide on monitoring and measuring to prevent food waste

If you want to reduce food and drink waste then you need to know what you’re wasting, where you’re wasting it and why. That’s what monitoring and measuring is all about.

Guide to running environmentally sustainable events

When you are planning an event, be it a major festival with thousands of people or conference our guide will help you to reduce your environmental impacts and costs. Advice covers; venue selection, transportation, catering, supply chains, energy and waste management. 

 

Construction guide about maximising re-use of materials on-site

There is a recurring theme for materials usually wasted on construction and demolition sites. You can learn how to recover and re-use these materials whether you are involved in a new build or refurbishment project or at end of life - demolishing and excavating a site. 

Construction waste management Best Practice guide

A guide to help your business generate income through material collection, reduce costs through purchasing, reduce on-site accidents and meet regulatory Duty of Care requirements. 

Waste prevention plan

Prevention is always better than cure, and that principal applies to waste too. By preventing it occurring you have less to manage. We suggest you read this alongside the guide on how to reduce waste.

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