Understanding and managing waste and resource efficiency in supply chains
Over 50 of our Partners and their suppliers collaborate through the School to share best practice of waste-related activities, discuss problem areas and take action to move towards a circular economy.
Find out more about waste and resource efficiency on our topic page.
The current linear economy of ‘take – make – dispose’ – taking resources from the ground to make products which we use and then dispose of – is no longer working for the built environment.
We must move to a circular economy which is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems.
Through its Partners and member companies across the sector, the School has an extensive presence and reach to make a significant difference.
The School’s Waste and Resource Use Group is the forum to enable this change; proactive businesses have come together to make consistent decisions and take action against waste in their own organisations and supply chains.
The group aims to drive a reduction in waste and to improve resource management within the industry value chain; through products, works and services procured.
How will this be achieved?
The group is working to reduce waste and increase resource efficiency by developing understanding on key issues and priorities. Its workplan focuses on three priority areas:
- mapping and materials
- procurement and supply chain engagement
- measurement and reporting
Specific learning materials are available via the School’s resource library to educate and upskill supply chains, helping to enable a common understanding across client, designer, main contractor, FM service provider, supplier and subcontractor communities.
Material Exchange PlatformsView the map
Material Exchange Platforms (MEPs) are location based and online services that help excess but usable materials and products to be exchanged from one user to another, reducing both carbon and waste to landfill and frequently supporting local community projects.
Use the map to find out the locations of MEPs in the UK and to find out more information on exchanging material. You may have surplus stock from a recently finished project, or are looking to donate or secure second hand upcycled furniture; these are some examples of how you might use MEPs.
MEPS are a great way of providing Social Value in the localities where you work. If you are aware of any MEPs that are should be added or deleted from the map, or information that should be revised, please complete this form.
Group meeting notes
The Waste and Resource Use Group is a collaboration between clients, contractors and suppliers who have a mutual interest in driving a reduction in waste and improving material and resource efficiency in the built environment value chain through the products, works and services procured.