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BRE and WRAP combine forces on waste

Tackling waste in construction will be easier in future as two web-based tools are made compatible.

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have announced that users of BRE SMARTwaste, the web-based tool used to prepare and implement Site Waste Management Plans, can now transfer their data directly to the WRAP Waste to Landfill Reporting Portal. In future, users will be able to monitor their individual progress against targets, run reports and benchmark their waste reduction performance.

SMARTWaste users will now be able to select the projects they wish to transfer data from, the time period they wish to cover and the associated spend, and forward this information directly to the Waste to Landfill Reporting Portal. The portal is a free resource set up by WRAP for the benefit of signatories to the Construction Commitments: Halving Waste to Landfill voluntary agreement. The portal enables users to enter and review waste data. The master user for each corporate account specifies their organisation's waste baseline and future reduction targets. The Portal homepage provides two sets of graphical results. The first shows the waste sent to landfill in each year in comparison with the baseline and target. The second details the amount of waste going to landfill over the last 12 months, benchmarked against all of the data in the portal for the same time period. In addition, reports can be generated which provide annual summaries of all or a subset of data either in isolation, or in comparison with an appropriate benchmark.

SMARTWaste is a free tool that has been developed by BRE to help the building industry prepare, implement and review Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) in full compliance with the legal requirements. It can also be used to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes, mandatory requirement for waste. Over 4,600 companies have registered to use SMARTWaste since its launch in June 2008. To date, SMARTWaste has measured over 5.8 million tonnes of waste.

Katherine Adams, BRE's SMARTWaste manager is pleased to be able to offer users the opportunity to transfer data automatically. “By making waste reporting easier for our users, they can clearly demonstrate their own achievements and commitment to reducing waste to landfill,” she said.

For more information go to www.bre.co.uk or www.wrap.org.uk

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