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What is the Smart Waste Reduction Challenge?

Updated: May 31, 2022

The Smart Waste Reduction Challenge is a new initiative launched by your company in collaboration with Spare-it, a Boston-based cleantech start-up, with the goal to collectively reduce the amount of waste generated in the building.


A United Nations-led report that shows the construction and operation of buildings accounted for 37% of global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2020.

Many building owners and their tenants agree that:

  • The waste generated by building users needs to be reduced

  • The quantity and quality of recycling can be improved

  • You can only change what you measure

  • Together we can make more impact

The Smart Waste Reduction Challenge is a combination of Smart Technology, Waste Management and Employee Engagement, and the goals of the are to reduce waste and improve recycling collectively.

How does it work?

Spare-it has already deployed its connected scales and live displays screens in the participating challenge areas. To better evaluate progress, the scales first measure a base-line of the waste generated before the kick-off of the challenge. After the initial baseline, Spare-it tracks the daily amount of waste produced in each working space and for each stream (general waste or garbage, trash, recycling - paper, food waste, metal, plastic, glass...).


Once the challenge is launched in your office, you will be participating in the collective challenge to reduce waste. The live data will be displayed on the screens and will be compared to the baseline reference measured before the kick-off to track the progress. A competition could be launched with another floor or another company: best diversion, lowest waste per employee, lowest contamination...


Along with the live measurement of the different waste streams, Spare-it will propose educational signage, sustainable tips and more about different topics to help improve sorting, increase recycling and reduce waste. Keep an eye on screen displays to follow the competition, play trivia, answer a survey or register for a webinar...

Spare-it will provide recommendations for a more sustainable environment and will support any initiative launched by your green team that will contribute to the waste reduction.