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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…


Single Use Plastic PPE Terracycle Recycling Scheme

Published 11 August 2020 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesRecycle Sustainable solutions

The Mace team at GPE’s Hanover Square project introduced a PPE recycling service in partnership with Terracycle, to reduce single use plastics waste ending up in landfill. The boxes on site can recycle a range of products including earplugs, beard nets, hair nets, disposable gloves, safety glasses, disposable garments, shoe covers and masks. The items are safely collected on site…


Plastic in the Environment

Published 20 April 2020 | Written by Tim Guilbert
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Recycle

In our normal process of work, we are regularly stripping small sections of UPVc coating off our lightning protection tapes and the method we use produces quite small slivers that could easily be picked up or even digested by birds and animals, as well as the more obvious creation of waste in working areas when left. To combat this, we…


Reinforced Velcro Ties used to Secure Heras Fencing

Published 8 April 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesPlastics and packaging Sustainable solutions

The project team carried out an investigation into what items produced the highest amount of single-use plastic. Through this investigation it was identified that plastic cable ties used to hold scaffold guards and Heras fencing were one of the biggest issues. These have been replaced with reinforced and reusable fabric Velcro ties.


Closed Loop Recycling Scheme for Signage

Published 16 March 2020 | Written by Patrick Smith
CategoriesBranding Enclosures Plastics and packaging Re-use Recycle Reduce Signage

At Great Portland Estate’s Hanover Square project, the Mace team have implemented a closed loop recycling scheme for site signage. This initiative has meant that signage made from plastics that are traditionally disposed of via the waste and logistics contractor, are instead collected on site and returned to the supplier as part of a closed loop recycling scheme, meaning they are…


Stopping Single Use Safety Signage Going to Landfill

Published 13 March 2020 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesRe-use Recycle Reduce Sustainable solutions

After being asked by several leading construction companies about the need for a reduction in single use plastic, Lee Brothers set about the usual challenge of reducing areas like plastic cups, packing etc. However, one area that stood out where they could make a considerable difference was around single use signage and how they dispose of it. After discussing with…