Managing Waste on Site

Waste management is an important environmental factor to be considered for every construction project.

Materials on site should be either recycled or re-used as much as possible, to reduce waste to landfill.

Reducing waste on site will benefit the environment and could also reduce costs.

Examples of how many sites managed and reduced waste include:

  • Timber waste was re-used as shuttering, window linings, dummy frames, propping and packing;
  • A small reclaim area was designated where surplus usable materials could be placed for reuse by other operatives on site;
  • Returnable transit packaging was used where possible;
  • Old oil drums were filled with concrete and used as relocatable bollards;
  • Clear waste bags were used instead of standard black bags, to ensure recyclable waste was not sent to landfill by mistake.

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Hertslink, Building Futures, August 2014


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