One project funded by Beyond Waste was the development of a calculator by Plenty Food Group and RMIT to assist manufacturers to quantify materials use and reduce resource consumption and associated business costs.
The Dynamic Industry Resource Efficiency Calculation Tool (DIRECT) has been co-designed and tested by 20 food manufacturing companies, and focuses primarily on tracking material and energy inputs/outputs, waste streams, and associated business costs.
The aim of DIRECT is to help food producers gain efficiency in managing their resources. DIRECT has been developed with industry in order to be effective and relevant. DIRECT helps businesses to:
- understand and calculate the true cost of waste
- understand and conduct a resource efficiency assessment
- understand how to identify and calculate resource efficiency
- understand the business value of improving resource efficiency.
Download DIRECT at www.directool.com.au