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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 :

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. 

Construction procurement presents a huge opportunity to reduce waste and make cost savings

To maximise waste reduction and recovery, good practice must be adopted as early as possible, ideally through procurement.

As an enabler of change, Zero Waste Scotland has developed an online interactive guide to reduce waste, and enhance re-use and recycling, through design and site waste management for construction, renovation and demolition.

Create a Site Waste Management Plan for construction

When you are planning your construction project, this free tool will help you to; evaluate waste by category, identify ways to reduce waste and even create an audit trail for waste regulations. Best of all, it’s in an easy to use template format.

By measuring and monitoring your materials and waste, you are in a better position to prevent and manage construction waste on site. Use our tool to tool to track materials and waste, save money and meet your legal obligations.

Whole life costing tool for the procurement of construction materials

Do you know how much your building will cost throughout its lifetime? You can with our Whole Life Costing Tool. Covering new builds, refurbishments, retrofits or repairs you can calculate all construction, building and up-keep costs. Surprises are lovely. But not when it comes to money.  

Construction Materials Exchange for help re-using construction materials

Do you have too much of one thing and not enough of another? Our Construction Materials Exchange is a free service that enables you to exchange materials you don't need for ones you do. Everything you need to get your build completed is covered from pipes, paints and pallets to bricks, soil, wood and more. Better still you can find them close to site by using your postcode to find local fellow builders.

Saves you landfill charges, gain free materials and reduce waste. It’s a win, win, win. 

Netwaste construction tool

If you are in construction we encourage you to make use of WRAP’s Net Waste Tool. It’s yours to use for free to help generate waste forecasts and prioritise waste reduction and recovery actions for your Site Waste Management Plan.

The tool enables you to apply value engineering at the design stage to;

  • reduce the costs of wastage
  • optimise your strategy for on-site segregation of wastes for minimum cost within a known space constraint;
  • target the top cost-competitive opportunities to adopt more reused materials and higher recycled content in building products
  • evaluate performance against corporate targets, such as a reduction in construction waste to landfill and progress towards waste neutrality or zero Net Waste. 

Save money on waste: Implementation guide

Cut your waste collection costs through waste prevention, re-use and recycling. You may find the waste prevention plan useful, too. 

Savings Finder

Psst! Wanna save up to 30 per cent on your energy bills without even trying? Our Savings Finder can help you cut your energy & water use, waste costs and resource-spending, and will take only ten minutes of your time. Simply fill in our quick questionnaire, furnishing us with such info as target areas to examine (water use, building fabric, heating); the nature of your business; where you're at now with your energy efficiency measures, and where you want to be…

Just pop in your details, and a full report will ping to your in-box so you can start making changes and saving money and energy straight away.

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.

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