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Milk Bottle Top Recycling

Published 25 October 2021 | Written by Courtney Palmer-Jones
CategoriesCharities/organisations Plastics and packaging Recycle

Cartons of milk are a commodity in most UK households, however, most disregard these and throw them away. Milk bottle tops can be broken down and turned into pellets to be used in the production of other items such as traffic cones as long as they are responsibly cleaned and separated. Introducing Friends of Water Search and Rescue Team, a…


Proplex Closed Loop Remanufacturing Scheme

Published 14 October 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle Sustainable solutions Working methods and equipment

The UK construction industry has one of the highest rates of waste, and as a manufacturer of plastic temporary protection materials this contractor is passionate about sustainability and changing the way people think within the industry and the wider economy. This contractor has invested in a state-of-the-art wash plant and recycling line. This enables them to collect used, contaminated materials…


Grab a Bag Campaign

Published 27 September 2021 | Written by Darren Chiumento
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Re-use

This project has introduced a ‘Grab a Bag’ initiative onto site with plastic bag holders located at the site exit and in the drying room, canteen and offices. This has promoted and encouraged to promote and encouraged the re-use of plastic bags rather than buying more from the local shops when heading out for lunch and breaks. The bag holder…


Plant Based Cleaning Products

Published 6 September 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCleaning regime Plastics and packaging Reduce

The site is using plant based cleaning products in a form which eliminates the large quantity of waste plastic spray bottles that is usually generated by cleaning the site welfare and the finished building. Their spray bottles are re-used multiple times because refills of the active ingredients arrive in small capsules which simply dissolve in water. To find out more,…


Sustainable Landscaping Solutions

Published 23 August 2021 | Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAwareness Biodiversity Landscaping Planting Plastics and packaging Trees

In keeping with current best practice and to reduce adverse environmental impacts from the use of plastic products, the project is using a biodegradable product instead of plastic tree shelters. 5000 non-plastic shelters are being installed at four locations with diverse micro-climates which allows their environmental specialists to monitor and understand the performance of the shelters in different conditions. The…


Single Use Plastics Virtual Work Experience Programme

Published 26 July 2021 | Written by Rita Miller
CategoriesColleges Plastics and packaging Schools

This contractor has designed a single use plastics virtual work experience programme that is being delivered to schools across the country. The programme designed by the Social Value Manager has been delivered face to face and virtually across 5 days and has also been accredited to an Industrial Cadet Silver award. As part of the programme students learn about Single…


Use of Greenhoard Hoarding System

Published 19 July 2021 | Written by Olubukola Olose
CategoriesBranding Corporate badging Enclosures Initial impressions Plastics and packaging Recycle Sustainable solutions

As part of environmental initiatives put in place by the project team to contribute to reduction in the CO2 emissions, the GreenHoard hoarding system has been used. The GreenHoard hoarding system is a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to the traditional plywood hoarding. It comprises of boards made from 100% recycled plastic waste fixed to a recycled steel frame and supported…


Plasloc System

Published 20 April 2021 | Written by Sally Kinchin
CategoriesBarriers Occupational health risks Re-use Recycle Separate facilities

To remain compliant with Site Operating Procedures, this project has used the Plasloc system due to its flexibility to construct around existing set ups and waste reduction capabilities. At a time where there is a focus on maintaining a clean and sterile environment, Plasloc PVC-U allows for easy clean and upkeep of welfare and office environments. The standard internal site…


Recycled and Reusable Plastic Pallets

Published 1 March 2021 | Written by Charlotte Wigg
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions

A continual issue found on construction sites, from both an environmental and health and safety focus, is the use of traditional timber pallets for material delivery. These usually have a very limited lifespan, and after one delivery can very rarely be used as is again, requiring further manufacture to make them fit for use. Fire loading is also a common…


Upcycled Bird Feeders

Published 18 November 2020 | Written by Matthew Hugo
CategoriesBiodiversity Birds Plastics and packaging Schools Wildlife

On this project they are implementing a site wide plastic reduction campaign. Within this campaign they are actively looking for new solutions to reduce the amount of plastic that ends in a landfill. On top of this, the site are carrying out a ‘get into construction’ scheme where they are involving local schools and colleges in their day to day…


Alternative Stair Nosing Protection

Published 19 October 2020 | Written by Olivia Hack
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Reduce Supply chain

The new installation of a stick-on stair protector benefits both the environment and safety of the workforce. Historically, the project used single-use, hard plastic nosing protectors on staircases. These were not durable and so would break easily on regular footfall in stair wells. This not only became a hazard due to the loose or broken ends but would also be…


Plastics and Packaging Guidance Document

Published 16 October 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle Sustainable solutions

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Plastics and Packaging Task Group have created a guidance document to be an additional resource of the ‘Spotlight on… plastics and packaging’ campaign. This guidance document is intended to provide ‘quick wins’ in order to assist companies and construction sites in reducing their use of plastic and minimising plastic waste. The document provides ideas for the…


Alternative to Single Use Plastic

Published 5 October 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle

It is estimated our industry disposes of 2 million plastic sealant cartridges each week in the UK. This contributes to a significant amount of single use plastic, in an industry which consumes nearly a quarter of all plastic. Alternative ‘foil sausages’ or ‘chubs’ are readily available for all sealant applications and can reduce waste by up to 95%. The benefits…


Reducing Environmental Impact of Signage

Published 30 September 2020 | Written by Paul Watkins
CategoriesImprovement Plastics and packaging Recycle

A significant amount of signage is used each year and typically this is made from a PVC plastic called Foamex. This project is now looking at using an alternative product for a majority of signs and boards. The alternative product called Akyprint is made from polypropylene. This is less harmful to the enviroment in its manufacture and is also more…


Reusable Water Bottles for all Site Operatives

Published 7 September 2020 | Written by James Booth
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Rivers/watercourses Sustainable solutions Wildlife

Everyone knows it’s important to stay hydrated, however it’s also important for the environment that we minimise our use of single use plastics, such as disposable water bottles. To balance these two needs on the Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project, reusable branded plastic water bottles have been purchased for use by lead contractor FM Conway. The reusable water bottles were a…