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Waste and Resource Efficiency Group

Changing the mindset from 'waste' to 'resources' and improving efficiency within the built environment value chain.

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’Waste’ – 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 and keeping products and materials in use.

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 Efficiency 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.

Waste and Resource Efficiency Group

How will this be achieved?

The group is working to achieve reduced waste and improved resource efficiency by increasing understanding on issue areas and where priorities lie. It’s workplan focuses on three priority areas:

  • mapping and materials
  • procurement and supply chain engagement
  • measurement and reporting

There is representation from all of the School’s markets within the group: infrastructure, homes, construction and facilities management.

Specific learning materials are available in the School to educate and upskill supply chains, which enables a common understanding across client, designer, main contractor, and supplier communities.

Material Exchange Platforms

Material Exchange Platforms

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Material Exchange Platforms (MEPs) are schemes whereby excess materials and products can be exchanged from one user to another, reducing the volume of waste to landfill.

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 for second hand upcycled furniture; these are some examples of how you might use MEPs.

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.

Partner Case Studies

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Other useful links

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Resources and information to help transition to a circular economy.
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WRAP
WRAP
Resources and information to help use resources sustainability in the built environment.
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Action Sustainability
Providing consultancy services to help the built environment manage their waste and resource efficiency.
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Group meeting notes

Our Partners

The Waste and Resource Efficiency 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.