WARPit

WARPit is a peer to peer redistribution network which makes it easy for individuals in an organisation to give away or loan unwanted items to people inside the same organisation or beyond. WARPit brings the unused into use, avoiding carbon emissions and landfill.

Why has WARPit been developed?

Even in well managed best practice organisations, unwanted equipment in good condition is being wasted, whether it is under storage being saved for a rainy day or is just being thrown out.

A combination of space and time pressures and lack of easy communications, are the main reasons why good quality equipment is wasted. WARPit makes transfer of ownership quick and easy due to better communications.

How WARPit works

The software tool works by linking together individuals (contributors) who are loaning or  disposing of resources, with individuals (claimants) in the same or different organisations who require the resource to reuse as part of their operations/activities or service.

WARPit clients use a bespoke web portal, where unwanted resources are advertised to interested subscribers, via email and/or online.  A claimant from the client organisation or a partner organisation claims the resource and then arranges the collection.  The legal transfer of ownership declaration is completed by both parties on transfer.

WARPit clubs

If there are a number of organisations in the same local area or sharing similar activities (eg labs, engineering, medicine) then they can be linked on WARP it by setting up a WARPit club. This is a reciprocal sharing network between related organisations.  This increases the range and frequency of items passing between organisations, thereby using items and equipment more effectively. To create a WARPit club use the function in the client admin area.

Benefits

This system is easy and encourages community and co-operation, thereby facilitating better participation, management and control. The system makes it easy for all parties- which encourages mass participation. Each transaction is recorded and monitored. Every participant is registered. This means that waste and liability legal concerns are obliged. Carbon, recycling and financial information on each transaction is recorded which allows the production of management reports, important for carbon financial and CSR reporting.

We don't have storage so how can we benefit?

In the main there is a direct transfer of equipment between owner and claimant, so WARPit also negates the need for any intermediate storage. This makes for an user friendly, efficient way of getting the best value out of unwanted resources.

What happens if unwanted resources are not claimed?

Resources can be passed to reciprocating local partners using WARPit clubs so that local partners can share unwanted resources. If the reciprocating sharing network cannot find a home for the equipment and there is no storage, the item can be passed on for reuse by local partners such as charities, businesses or schools.

Arranging the transfer of items

It is the requesting parties (claimant) responsibility to arrange collection of the item/equipment. There is a facility to incorporate the client’s internal transfer/removal systems, such as portering systems. 

If the item that is transferred is then unwanted by the receiving party it is the receiver's responsibility to re-advertise the item.

Responsibility for ensuring that items are usable, safe and appropriate

To abide by waste legislation and liability issues the guidelines must be followed. It is the responsibility of the contributing party to ensure that items are described correctly and the guidelines are followed.  It is the requesting/claimant parties responsibility to ensure the item/equipment is safe and appropriate before using. All users must agree with the terms on registration and before a transaction takes place.

Financial savings of WARPit

Each item is given a purchasing or replacement value. This is an average across the board of the cost of that item at public sector contract prices. Each item is also given waste disposal financial value related to it’s weight, using the average UK costs of disposal to landfill.  These figures are updated annually to take into account inflation and taxes.

The reuse rate/weight

Using the well established sector leading Community Recycling Network “Measure Your Treasure” document, each item is given an average weight. If the information is not available an average estimation is made. Every transaction/ item that is reused is added to the running reuse total which is measured in KG.

Carbon emissions savings of items transferred

Every item transferred saves on carbon emissions because a new item does not have to be purchased.  DEFRA conversion factors allow organisations and individuals to calculate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions  from a range of manufacturing activities and enable us to convert activity into kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Carbon dioxide  equivalent is a universal unit of measurement used to indicate the global warming potential of one unit of  carbon dioxide.