Reducing building material waste
Everyone in the construction industry can contribute to tackling this by reducing construction waste, using building materials in a better way, and collecting waste for recycling. Even simple changes can save you money and reduce the environmental impacts of construction.
Your legal obligations
What is waste?
Waste is any substance or object(s) the holder discards or intends to discard. Any material which is perceived to have no further use is waste. Waste can be classed as inert (e.g. bricks, glass), hazardous (e.g. paint tins, mastic tubes) or non-hazardous (e.g. packaging, plasterboard). However it is not always obvious which class a waste may be. If in doubt check with your waste contractor.
Your duty of care
All businesses have a duty to ensure that waste they produce is handled safely and within the law. This is your ‘duty of care’. You must check that any company removing waste from your site is a registered waste carrier, and that they take the waste to a registered waste management site. If you do not check and it is illegally disposed of, you could be held responsible.
Every load of waste that leaves your site must be accompanied by a Waste Transfer Note. This provides an accurate description of the waste to enable it to be
treated safely. You must keep copies of all waste transfer notes for at least two years.
Site Waste Management Plans
A Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) is a legal requirement in England for
projects over £300,000. It requires you to forecast and record waste and how it is
managed. Using the SWMP as a waste management tool can help you to:
› increase profit margins;
› reduce waste management costs;
› demonstrate compliance with your legal obligations; and
› decrease the amount of waste you dispose of to landfill.
Construct Ads Marketplace can assist you in easily posting an ad to sell your surplus building materials for someone else to reuse.
We launched Construct Ads in 2017 as a free to use service for the construction industry to pass on these surplus and re-usable building materials, plant and tools. Ultimately we as the human race need to reduce waste to create a totally sustainable world. Small steps can help towards that goal such as recycling and reusing unwanted building materials.
With all these benefits there isn’t a good reason not to set up an account for your business.
Anyone can join, just register and add details of any surplus, free or unwanted building materials, or browse the available listings. We even have a jobs ads section.
sell surplus building materials