Tackling waste in construction will become easier for building firms as the BRE SMARTWaste tool and WRAP Waste to Landfill Reporting Portal become compatible

Users of SMARTWaste, the BRE web-based tool used to prepare and implement Site Waste Management Plans, can now transfer their waste data directly to the WRAP Waste to Landfill Reporting Portal. Users will benefit by being able to monitor their individual progress against targets, run reports and benchmark themselves against competitors as they rise to the challenge of waste reduction.

The Waste to Landfill Reporting Portal is a free resource set up by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) for the benefit of signatories to the Construction Commitments: Halving Waste to Landfill voluntary agreement. The portal enables users to record and benchmark their progress in CD&E waste minimisation.

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. Data is transferred at either a ‘basic’, ‘intermediate’ or ‘detailed’ level, in just five simple steps. The Portal also features a new immediate data transfer function.

Katherine Adams, BRE’s SMARTWaste Manager, commented: “We are pleased to be able to offer our users the opportunity to transfer data automatically to WRAP’s Waste to Landfill Reporting Portal. By making waste reporting easier for our users, they can clearly demonstrate their own achievements and commitment to reducing waste to landfill.’

Said Jim Wiltshire, Programme Manager Designers & Contractors WRAP: “We are delighted to be working with BRE on this initiative. This direct feed into the Reporting Portal will make it very easy for those signed up to the Having Waste to Landfill Commitment to enter their data directly into the portal – one of the key signatory actions.”

SMARTWaste Plan 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.

The WRAP Waste to Landfill Reporting 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 showing firstly the waste sent to landfill in each year in comparison with the baseline and target. And secondly, waste arisings and the amount 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.

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