Building on the original tool which launched in November 2012, the updated version enables users to post materials online for exchange and reuse, in the hopes of extending material life, diverting waste from landfill, and reducing the costs of disposal and material purchasing.
Updates to the tool include a new mobile-enabled version for ‘easy access when out and about’, easier uploading capability, and an option that allows materials to be offered for a company’s internal use (rather than to all users).
It is hoped the tool will help tackle the 7.4 million tonnes of waste produced by the Scottish construction industry each year.
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said of the tool: “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.”