Create a Site Waste Management Plan

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A Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) describes how materials, including plastics and packaging, will be disposed of and explains how the re-use and recycling of waste will be maximised. Using a SWMP not only protects the environment, but can significantly reduce costs.

To build an efficient SWMP, the following should be considered:

  • Liaising with suppliers to prevent plastic and packaging waste, and to maximise the volume of sustainable packaging used.
  • Quantifying the volume of materials that should be used to avoid excess waste.
  • Estimating how much of each type of waste will be produced and the proportion of which will be recycled and re-used.
  • Updating the plan as construction progresses to monitor how waste is being re-used or recycled.
  • Identify where your plastics and packaging are being treated/recycles and publicise positive results.
  • Communicating with your waste management supplier to ensure plastics and packaging are segregated to maximise recycling rates.