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New construction waste tool launched

An online resource management tool that aims to improve communications between construction contractors and the waste industry has launched today.

Developed by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) for BlueWise, with financial assistance from Renew, the ConstructCLEAR tool provides features for principal contractors and waste management companies to help them tender and bid for waste collection contracts, respectively.

For principal contractors and clients, ConstructCLEAR allows users to complete their site waste management plan (SWMP) data, provide automated waste estimates as well as tendering for collection of that construction waste. Waste management companies can use the tool to view potential projects in development and offer quotes for available tenders.

TRL senior environmental consultant Ben Harris told MRW: “The two strands should mean that the principal contractors and clients can provide a more accurate estimate for the forecast of waste, which waste contractors can respond to and give a much more accurate quote in terms of what they’re going to offer.”

ConstructCLEAR offers four membership levels, from a free ‘basic’ level which allows subscribers to create a SWMP for a single project and tender for waste services, to a ’corporate’ level which allows carbon accounting, SWMP planning for unlimited projects and corporate and social responsibility reporting.

BlueWise director George Dobson told MRW that the need for the tool came from research which identified “inconsistencies” in the way that contractors approached the SWMP process and in the way the waste industry provided information to contractors.

He said: “I saw there was a real opportunity for creating a much wider tool that allowed everyone to communicate much more effectively and exchange information more effectively. That in turn allows opportunities for improving costs, transparency and more consistent quality information.”

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