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How Do You Reuse Surplus Building Materials?


The construction industry in the UK uses approximately 420 million tonnes of building materials and products per annum and generates 120 million tonnes of surplus building materials. It is estimated that 13% of construction products that arrive on a building site end in a skip as waste product without ever being used, with a market value of approximately £1.5 billion each year.

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.
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sell surplus building materials

The Benefits


Environmental Benefits

– Less building material waste sent to landfill or for recycling (the ideal waste hierarchy shows us
that re-use is less energy and resource intensive)
– Diverting reusable building materials from landfill
– Increasing the building materials lifecycle
– Reducing the extraction of vital raw materials
– Enabling the transition to a circular economy
– Help conserve natural resources
– Reduce co2 omissions
– Most importantly saving the Environment

Commercial Benefits

– Less building material and waste sent to landfill
– Increase project profitability
– No need to pay for labour to fill skips at the end of a project.
– Most surplus building materials posted on Construct Ads are passed on for free or at a low cost.
– Its absolutely free to use our online marketplace.

Project benefits

– Clear the construction site quicker of surplus building materials.
– Save space by clearing unwanted building materials.
– Use our marketplace for environmental management scoring such CCS, BREAAM etc
– Reduce the need for storage and protection on site for unwanted materials.
– Reduce accidents by storing building materials carefully to
ensure a tidy site;

Post an ad for free and let someone come and take your surplus building materials that you would otherwise through away. Dont skip it, Sell it.

Check out our Construct Ads blog for all of our tips and discussions on how to reduce waste on site and how to sell surplus building materials

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Our Clients And Partners


 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

surplus building materials

The Circular Economy


A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Why a circular economy is important?

As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy will:

– Reduce waste
– Drive greater resource productivity
– Deliver a more competitive UK economy
– Position the UK to better address emerging resource security/scarcity issues in the future.
– Help reduce the environmental impacts of our production and consumption in both the UK and abroad.
– Reduce CO2 omissions and global warming.

What is a circular economy?

Whats the Problem...

An estimated 13% of all building materials - worth £1.5 billion pounds - are skipped every year in the UK. That is a shocking figure and one we believe to be totally unnecessary. This figure is rising all the time which is not sustainable.

Our Goal

To reduce the impact humans have on our planet we need to change our mindsets. We need to see value in everything and reuse as much as possible before its sent to Landfill. There are so many positive benefits to using our surplus building materials marketplace.

The Answer

Sell or Buy unwanted perfectly reusable building materials to extend their lifecycle, ultimately diverting them from landfill. Alternatively, you will have to pay for labour and skips to clear your site. Its a no-brainer really!

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