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How your construction business can do its bit to reduce waste

On the 5th October the Government announced that 65% of municipal waste and 75% of packaging waste must be recycled by 2030.

However, as 59% of the total waste generated in the UK comes from the construction industry, this is a challenge that all construction businesses, large and small, now face.

The only way that the construction industry can play its part in achieving these tough targets is by organisations at every level of the construction industry promoting and pursuing the re-use, recycling and reprocessing of waste materials from construction sites.

Use of plastic within the industry remains a key concern. Its lightweight and strong properties mean that it has too much packaging appeal for a complete break away, particularly as more and more things are manufactured offsite.

According to the WRAP Plastics Market Situation Report for 2016, the UK construction industry and the demolition market were responsible for around 50,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2014. Whilst this is substantially below the 1.53 million tonnes produced by the retail sector, it’s still a significant amount.

One of the innovative concepts developed to combat waste within the construction industry is Project Divert. This is an app, developed by Encore Environment, a waste management and strategic support company, to facilitate the reuse, reprocessing, or the recycling of waste materials.

Meanwhile, WRAP, a world leading organisation in sustainable resource efficiency, suggest that waste management should be addressed as a process of:



WRAP also recommends that to reduce waste, construction businesses should:
Get involved in projects early on to encourage designs that cause less waste to be created.

Use standard sizes and quantities of materials, and plan ahead to reduce off cuts.
Avoid over-ordering.
Arrange deliveries to match work stages, to avoid materials being stored onsite longer than necessary.
Ensure storage areas are safe, secure and weatherproof.
Minimise rework from errors and poor workmanship.

It seems clear that, in taking these steps to reduce waste, companies also look to reduce unnecessary costs, increasing their profits at the same time.

For more information on how you can be responsible and do your bit to reduce waste in the construction industry, you can see the full WRAP report here.

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