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Improving Waste Management Could Improve Resource

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Within the construction industry, the best opportunities for improving resource efficiency are at the initial design and planning stage. Through the implementation of waste management strategies, significant reductions can be made in cost, waste and carbon.

Designing Out Waste With Waste Management

Optimising material use and/or reducing waste production are key ways for both the project designer and construction company to improve resource efficiency. Design and waste management decisions made at the beginning of a project can directly influence how, and what is constructed. This process is called ‘designing out waste’.

If you are looking to design waste out of your project, there are five key principles that should be addressed in order to reduce waste production:

             Design for Reuse and Recovery

             Design for Offsite Construction

             Design for Material Optimisation

             Design for Waste Efficient Procurement

             Design for Deconstruction and Flexibility

These principles of efficient waste management can be used in all projects from civil engineering to building construction. These are also considered best practice in the preparation of a Site Waste Management Plan.

How To Design Out Waste

When designing out waste, you will need to indentify, investigate and implement waste principles that effectively manage all waste streams. These can then be applied to your project, whether it is a new-build, refurbishment or demolition.

Identify – Review you project and identify opportunities where you can reduce material use and/or the creation of waste. Prioritise areas where the biggest impact can be made, these should be the easiest to implement in your waste management strategy.

Investigate – The areas which you have highlighted during the identification process should be investigated further to ascertain their viability. Quantify the benefits of the changes and give metrics on how waste management can reduce carbon production, reduce waste and make cost savings.

Implement – Embed your recommendations into the project’s design, specifications, waste and procurement reports. A Site Waste Management Plan is the ideal way to record improvements and ensure waste is managed efficiently.

Improve The Management Of Your Construction Waste

Whilst a Site Waste Management plan is no longer obligatory in England, it is still considered one of the most effective ways to manage construction waste. Implemented at the design stage, before work starts on site, a SWMP can help to ‘design out waste’ and improve overall waste management. Through recording your waste streams in an SWMP, you will be able to clearly communicate goals with your waste contractor and suppliers.

For more information on how to improve you waste management with an SWMP, call the team at Skippy Nationwide on 03333 218402 or email


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