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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 :

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. 

How to become a greener retailer and boost profits

A recent study showed that over a third of consumers are now buying from brands based on their social and environmental impact. Going green isn’t just about protecting the environment – it makes good business sense too. It will help satisfy your customers’ demands and enhance your competitive position as well as saving you money and boosting profits. This guide provides practical advice and ideas to help retailers get started and will help you: measure and monitor your resource use; reduce the energy costs associated with your lighting, heating and refrigeration; save water; manage waste; and understand what next steps you can take.

Guidance on food waste prevention in retail

An estimated 31,000 tonnes of food waste is estimated to be generated by the Scottish retail sector annually. Waste prevention present opportunities to save money, reduce Scotland’s food waste and carbon footprint and help achieve the Scottish Government’s target to reduce food waste in Scotland by 33% by 2025.

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.

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