In any type of process, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. When contractors don’t track and measure how they dispose of waste, they simply don’t know how much material is landfilled, reused, or recycled. Waste management and tracking software streamlines the measurement and management process. It offers a dedicated platform to enter waste ticket information consistently. That information is then stored and available for contractors to generate financial and environmental reports on individual projects or across all projects. Here are three major ways waste tracking can benefit your business.
If contractors are optimizing their resources to effectively recycle and divert more materials from the landfill, they will have lower disposal costs. On large projects that produce 300 tons or more of waste, WasteCap Resource Solutions uses software, like Re-Trac Connect, to save contractors an average of $40 per ton of waste diverted from the landfill.
Become a Compliance Leader
Waste management and tracking software takes care of the entire recycling tracking and documentation process for construction and demolition projects. Any demolition or new construction project (with a budget of $5 million or more) under the direction of the State of Wisconsin's Department of Administration - Division of Facilities Development and Management is required to track recycling performance. Projects are also required to meet a landfill diversion goals. Contractors need to meet similar requirements for projects seeking LEED certification or if owners have landfill diversion goals. Reporting is needed to verify this was actually done.
Re-Trac Connect can take compliance and sustainability leadership to a new level by offering environmental impact. Re-Trac Connect uses EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM) metrics to convert data, such as pounds of concrete recycled, into impact equivalents, such as avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This type of reporting is beneficial to the project owner, but when all project data is combined, allows the contractor to demonstrate their own environmental stewardship.
When contractors can increase their own cost-effectiveness, they can pass this savings onto clients with a lower bid. A lower bid, a streamlined documentation and reporting process, and the ability to quantify environmental successes will give contractors a competitive edge. Or, when being considered for a project with specific requirements, it is easy to pull data from a similar project to prove past performance.
Companies and domestic markets have an opportunity to reinvent the way materials are created, distributed, and re-purposed. Waste management and tracking software is the first step to help the construction industry save money while transforming our linear economy into a circular economy.
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