The Ultimate Waste Management Toolkit for the Construction Manager

01 Nov 2016 by

How can a robust waste management policy help increase the margins of your construction business?

With more than 400 million tonnes of resources consumed by the construction industry each year according to a 2016 strategy report, the total ROI of waste management services and facilities is a business-critical issue across the industry. Against a backdrop of new uncertainties and longstanding margin challenges, it's time to put a robust construction waste policy in place to realise the potential cost efficiencies.

Best practice can cut the cost of waste management on any project - from new build to refurbishment. But how do you find out what best practices to follow in order to get total return on the cost of construction waste management? And how to extend that across your supply chain?

It's time to start seeing waste management as a commercial opportunity as well as an environmental problem.

Our ultimate waste management toolkit helps construction managers optimise the ROI of waste management in five key areas.

The Ultimate How-To SWMP Guide for Construction Managers

The SWMP (Site Waste Management Plan) establishes a clear framework that helps everybody working on the project to keep waste to a minimum and use resources more efficiently. Once construction begins, types and quantities of waste produced are recorded, measured and monitored against the plan, ensuring that waste is consistently managed. The SWMP is a valuable asset to your waste management strategy, maintaining an auditable record of who is handling the waste and where it is sent once it leaves the site.

Understanding the hidden cost of effective waste management

Brexit highlights the skills crisis across the UK construction industry. With rising labour costs already eating into the margins of building projects, companies are scrutinising every business area for potential savings in order to improve financial performance. Many businesses fail to recognise the serious drain an ineffective waste management policy can have on their budgets. Substantial gains can be made not only in terms of profitability but also in competitive position by eliminating a number of costly practices.

Waste legislation - the cost of non compliance

Non-compliance with environmental regulations now incurs the risk of huge fines for construction companies. But waste management compliance can be challenging for construction companies. It isn’t simply regulation specific to waste that has to be considered. Waste management is also an element of several environmental and health and safety laws.

Top 10 Tips for Minimising the Cost of Landfill

Every year 25 million tonnes of construction waste are sent to landfill, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). We’ve put together 10 tips to help your business move from disposal to prevention, with zero waste to landfill being the ultimate goal. Across the industry, the focus is increasingly on reducing landfill costs and maximising recycling, reuse and recovery of waste. Companies failing to deliver in terms of sustainability pay the price – through landfill costs and wider reputational damage.

Assessing the effectiveness of waste management supplier

Selecting the best waste management provider to handle your construction waste is not as simple and easy a task as you might think. Your responsibility doesn’t just end when you hand your waste over to a licensed provider. You’re still responsible for checking how that business deals with your waste and ensuring it’s disposed of legally at an appropriate facility. But choosing the right supplier will reap dividends in supporting your efforts to reduce the cost of construction waste management.

Find out how best practice in waste management will cut the cost of construction. Download: The Ultimate Waste Management Toolkit for the Construction Manager

Download: The Ultimate Waste Management Toolkit for the Construction Manager