The Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice states that all registered sites, companies and suppliers are expected to protect the environment where possible.
The Checklist used by Scheme Monitors asks the following questions regarding preservation of the environment:
- Question 3.1: Are environmental issues identified, communicated, managed and promoted? This is followed up with a prompt for Monitors to check if the site has an environmental policy or plan in place.
- Question 3.2: Is waste avoided and the use of resources and energy minimised? This is followed up with a prompt for Monitors to check if the site is re-using, reducing and recycling waste and using sustainable solutions?
- Question 3.10: How is a positive contribution being made to the natural environment? This is followed up with a prompt for Monitors to ask how sites are reducing their consumption of plastics and packaging.
To help the construction industry to understand the impact of plastics and packaging on the environment, the Scheme published ‘Spotlight on… plastics and packaging’ in February 2019.
The following sections of this course draw from the campaign and focus on how sites, companies and suppliers can reduce their consumption of plastics and packaging.