Cost, Time and Compliance in Your Construction Supply Chain - 6 Ways to Control Waste

29 Nov 2016 by Paul Cox

From planning to tracking progress on your construction project, don’t let waste add to your construction cost problems. We offer 5 top tips on how to manage the cost of construction waste

51% of construction companies claim they could increase profitability and simplify their supply chain by modernising the way they do things, according to a survey by the University of the West of England.

The cost of construction waste management is a major factor in the profitability of a construction project, as construction firms come under mounting pressure to minimise resource use across the supply chain, comply with legislation and satisfy competing demands from clients.

Collectively, construction, demolition and refurbishment accounts for around half of the UK’s waste, creating an estimated 100 million tonnes annually. This puts the industry firmly in the spotlight – and organisations such as Defra and the BREW (Business Resource Efficiency and Waste) are pushing for action across the industry.

But real change requires considerable effort along the entire length of the supply chain. The cost of construction waste must be controlled from the top through good communication, monitoring and collaboration.

With all eyes on the construction sector to make changes in the way it handles waste, construction managers face the task of reducing the costs and inefficiencies in this area.

As the APSRG stated, in a landmark report this year:

“A more comprehensive supply chain approach requires a different way of working – service providers and service users become supply chain partners, down to and including the consumer. Information and resource efficiency gains are shared so that each node of the chain is incentivised to build a win-win supply chain partnership.”

Link to Link: Driving Resource Efficiency Across Supply Chains, 2016

With the scale of savings and efficiencies at stake, it has got to be worth the effort - for individual companies as well as the sector as a whole - to bring about a more waste-efficient supply chain.

Takeaways:

  • Construction is under scrutiny for its waste management practices.
  • Communication and collaboration is key to encouraging supply chains to employ best practice.
  • A waste management plan is effective in helping reduce waste. It should include ways of collecting and monitoring data.

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