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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Construction site waste management

Construction waste is basically material loss that creates additional cost, and minimising waste generation directly improves the cost-efficiency of the project. Successful construction site waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Construction site waste management cuts CO2 emissions in half...

In the know A municipal housing company set a goal to improve construction site waste recycling rate in a pilot project Actions included establishing a waste sorting system at the site, educating...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Simple but effective waste management in a convenience store

Small actions with a big impact Waste management in a convenient store led to 75 % reduced waste volume and € 3 500 annual savings  The move offers pointers to other small businesses seeking to trim...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Sorting and recycling facilities in hotel rooms

Guests sort, hotel earns Equipping hotel rooms with recycling bins reduces overall hotel waste by 40 % Savings carry over to associated waste-management costs too  Statistically, the average hotel...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 1 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis in automotive textile industry

Waste as a resource not a problem By giving waste to another company, automotive company saves about € 6 000 annually Win-win relationship turns waste from one company into a resource for another...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Santa Marta hotel - sustainability in combination...

Hotel's inspiring three pillars Save resources and costs for sustainable growth Respecting the environment Premium services for clients and social responsibility The managment of Inspira Santa Marta...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Improved recycling process through employee training

A culture of sustainable thinking Training programme encourages staff to think in a more sustainable way Housekeepers learn about correct ways for waste segregation Low-cost measure which can bring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Priorities in managing food waste

Retailers should set a list of priorities to optimise how they manage food waste. The highest priority should be to sell to the customer before the use-by date, but sometimes this is not possible or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Preventing spoilage and waste in the food retail sector

Food retailers tread a fine line when it comes to having enough stock to satisfy their customers but keeping spoilage and waste to a minimum. Some best practices can help retailers prevent food waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Surplus food redistribution

Food redistribution is where surplus items, which would otherwise end up as waste, are made available for other uses and consumption. Companies, charities and individuals can all benefit from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Clean production for energy savings and reduced waste-...

Strong results start with a firm commitment  A raft of energy savings and efficiency gains thanks to clean production methods employed under enhanced EMS Reduced waste and boosted energy performance ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.4 Year(s)
Good practice

Efficient environmental management system cuts water...

Big effort leads to bigger results ... and awards Engineering company puts its new EMS to the test and delivers big water and waste reductions Annual water savings of 12 000 m3 and reduced material ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 23 Year(s)