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Reducing waste on site

Reducing waste on site


Within the UK the construction industry is liable for creating around 25 million tonnes of landfill waste each year. This is around 32% of total waste generated overall in the UK, with domestic waste accounting for an additional 10%. It is predicted that UK landfill sites will be completely full by the year 2025, making it imperative we aim to manage and focus on reducing waste. Public opinion in the UK has emphasised the struggle to minimise construction waste, but with Germany recycling more than 80% of its construction waste and Denmark more than 90%, this is clearly a misconception which must be resolved. Fortunately the current situation in the UK is changing and there are a large number of sustainable waste management initiatives that can be utilised as examples of best practice within the industry.

Most building waste is created on site through incorrect material ordering, over ordering, or damage by mishandling, inadequate storage space or the UK weather. But unnecessary packaging of building materials also creates a massive amount of waste in the form of plastic, timber and cardboard. Some materials are in a reusable condition but the industry usually decides to waste money and order a skip to dispose these materials. Let alone the costs for skips and labour to fill these skips, there must be an easier and more economical solution.

Efficient waste management on site can reduce building and operating costs, enhance the reputation of the construction industry, and also generate new income streams through creating recycling and reclaiming markets. Reducing construction waste will save on landfill space, conserve valuable natural resources, save energy and creates less pollution by decreasing transport and manufacturing processes. This overall process will ultimately help reduce the effect of global warming on our beautiful planet.

UK Government enforces a landfill tax, aggregate levy and other waste management regulations that promote the diversion of waste material from landfill, encourage reuse and recycle methods, and highlights environmental responsibility within the industry. But these are not enough and further measures are required if the industry is to enforce waste minimisation as part of its core beliefs and activities. If the human race really want to address our growing waste issues, the biggest change that needs to happen is a shift in people’s mindsets, from seeing building waste as not just a problem of disposal, but as a highly valuable resource to be treated and used with respect and care. The construction industry is predominantly renowned for reacting slowing to changes in the way it operates but there is signs of small change.

There is a growing market for companies offering surplus or unwanted building materials at a cheaper rate than from a builders merchant. We are no different, we are Construct Ads – the online construction marketplace. We want to help so we started by finding how to improve waste management in construction. Having worked in the industry for 12 years we saw where improvements were needed. Always in about reducing waste.


At the end of a project you have to clear the site for the client to take possession but you have lots of building materials that were unused but are perfectly fine?


  1. You load up the van and store them at your storage facility for your next project.
  2. You load up the van and try and find the receipts so you can try and sell them back to the original builders merchant you purchased them from.
  3. You hire a skip and labour to through the materials into a skip which can be costly.
  4. You set up a free account at Construct Ads and start selling them today. You don’t even need to deliver them. The buyer will come and collect.
  5. Do a runner.

The only simple option is number 4 without a doubt. Its so easy to post an advert. You can even post a few photos of the materials and write a detailed description of the items. Once posted just wait to be contacted by potential buyers. If you want to know more have a read of our FAQ’s.


Environmental Benefits

– Less building material waste sent to landfill or for recycling
– 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

– Reduce project disposal costs
– 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 less building materials carefully to
ensure a tidy site;

surplus building materials

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


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