New Tool To Help Scotland Reduce And Re-Use Construction Waste

23-08-13(2)picResource Efficient Scotland has updated its Construction Material Exchange tool, in a bid to make it easier for the construction industry to exchange and re-use materials.

The tool aims to help tackle the 7.4m tonnes of waste that is currently produced by the Scottish construction industry each year – the largest source of waste in Scotland.

Building on the original tool, which was launched in November 2012, materials can be posted online and exchanged with another party for re-use, diverting the material from landfill, reducing costs of disposal and material purchasing and extending the life of the material.

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland – “The construction industry has already made significant progress in reducing the amount of waste being produced, however there’s still more to be done and this tool can help to target the materials left over at the end of the construction process”

The tool has been updated to allow a more user friendly and intuitive journey.  New features of the tool include:

  • Now fully mobile enabled, allowing easy access when out and about
  • Easier upload of materials that are being offered
  • In addition to being able to make the materials available to all users, there is now an option to offer materials for re-use within your own organisation only.

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, which delivers the Resource Efficient Scotland programme said: “The construction industry has already made significant progress in reducing the amount of waste being produced, however there’s still more to be done and this tool can help to target the materials left over at the end of the construction process.

“Not only does this make environmental sense, it can also save companies money, minimising landfill charges and reducing waste management costs.

“I hope that construction companies across Scotland will make use of this invaluable new tool, helping us to reduce waste in the industry and move towards becoming a zero waste society.”

The Construction Material Exchange tool can be accessed HERE

 

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