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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 :

Your guide to managing food waste

When you are in the business of food the last thing you want to be doing is wasting it. Our free, comprehensive guide helps you lead the food waste prevention revolution. Sensible housekeeping, considered menu-planning and practical disposal, we’ve got it covered. 

Supplier Directory for resource efficient projects

When you are searching for a supplier for your resource efficiency project, you can find one (or several) almost instantaneously. An impartial list of organisations that provide services for; 

  • Energy and water efficiency
  • Renewables
  • Waste and material efficiency
  • Transportation and more. 

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. 

Guide to designing out construction waste

A complete guide to designing waste out of a construction project for clients, designers and contractors.  All aspects of the whole life of a building is covered from initial design to decommissioning. The aims of the guide are to help reduce the use of virgin materials, optimise resource-efficient maintenance and repair, and maximise re-use of materials at the end of life. This easy to read guide will help you make informed decisions that will save you both time and money. 

Waste prevention beats waste management – hands down. 

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. 

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.

 

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