Waste avoidance and using an anaerobic digester

Throughout any construction project, it is essential that contractors give careful consideration to how their work may be impacting on the natural environment.

Reducing waste through re-use or recycling is vitally important.

Sites should also consider other initiatives to avoid waste and reduce the negative impact that the construction site may have.

Examples of how contractors have achieved waste reduction include:

  • Working with the National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP), who offer a cost effective and efficient collection service for all wood waste. Wood collected from site is then re-used within community organisations;
  • On-site repair of wooden pallets was implemented, to avoid disposal;
  • Introducing an anaerobic digester for canteen waste.

Anaerobic digesters help to decompose waste materials, whilst creating a natural gas substance.

Food waste sent to landfill would decompose and produce methane, therefore contributing to global warming. By using anaerobic digesters, sites are helping to reduce the amount of methane produced by the construction industry.

To read more about the NCWRP, click below.

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CCS Gold Citations, Sir Robert McAlpine, Milton Court, 2014; Innovation Booklet, Mace, 2014

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