A new, user-friendly measurement tool, developed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), is set to increase the transparency of waste transfers between the construction sector and waste contractors.
The Site Specific Waste Analysis Tool (SSWAT), which is Excel-based and available free from the WRAP website, allows waste contractors to track each consignment of construction, demolition and excavation waste processed at their facilities, and also enables them to see how, and in what quantities, materials have been recovered.
In the past this kind of precise information was difficult to access, with waste operators mostly producing monthly or quarterly figures based on total throughput. However, SSWAT makes integrated data on both site-segregated and mixed waste deliveries available for construction contractors and their clients. This will assist companies using Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) and allow them to report against their published waste reduction targets.
Companies which have signed up to WRAP’s 'Halving Waste to Landfill' agreement can use the system to track their progress. Using this data WRAP will be able to check the industry’s overall progress in the scheme.
WRAP has also produced a series of model contract clauses for use by waste contractors. The clauses which have been produced in close consultation with industry can be applied to waste management contractors’ terms and conditions of business, and will demonstrate to construction clients a commitment to good practice, and transparent and auditable systems for recording and reporting recovery rates.
Mike Falconer Hall, Programme Manager for Materials Recycling at WRAP, said:
“The recycling industry is undergoing a transformation. Contractors are now offering ever increasing levels of consultancy to their clients, offering professional guidance as to the most efficient way to manage resources and recover materials. Both the Site Specific Waste Analysis Tool and the contractual clauses we have developed will be of significant use to the industry as it adds resource recovery consultancy to its core waste management offering.”
The new contract clause wording, the SSWAT and user guidelines are available here.
Posted under Waste Management and Construction on 11 September 2009