Public procurement specialist Scape has bought the Construction Waste Portal to help reduce construction waste, environmental impact, and carbon.
Currently around 60m tonnes of waste are produced by the construction sector each year and around £1.4bn per year in profit is lost though overspend on waste.
The portal is a digital crowdsourced platform that helps contractors predict, plan, and prevent waste using data, as well as connecting to waste management specialists.
Scape hopes the portal can help it better forecast and manage project waste for local authority and other public sector organisation projects, while also offering savings for the public purse.
The portal has been built on data from almost 1,000 completed UK projects. Founder of the portal, John Logan, will move across as part of the acquisition.
Logan said: “The core principle of the portal is to apply data science so that contractors can produce accurate forecasts and prioritise the reduction of waste over and above recycling it.
“In sharing these values, Scape is the perfect partner for embedding the platform as a central feature in the industry’s strategy on waste; connecting construction partners to the best resource management companies across the UK.”
Scape group chief executive, Mark Robinson, said: “Swiftly following the new Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at COP26 and the introduction of the Environment Bill in the UK, this acquisition will better equip our partners to accelerate the public sector’s progress towards net zero.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to help reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint and improve the sustainable use of resources. This reaffirms our promise to continuously reinvest in the services we provide to clients and to support a more socially responsible construction industry in the future.”