Site Waste Management Plans To Be Voluntary In Wales
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Site Waste Management Plans To Be Voluntary In Wales

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The Welsh Government has announced that site waste management plans (SWMPs) for the construction and demolition industry are to be voluntary, despite previously stating its preference for them to be mandatory.

SWMP Regulations To be Voluntary In Wales

A SWMP is started before any construction activity begins and is designed to give you and the authorities an estimation of the types of waste that will be produced on a project, and the quantity of each type of waste. Then each time waste is removed from the site during the project, its type and quantity are recorded.

Since 2013 in England there has been no requirement by law to follow SWMP regulations for construction projects worth over £300,000, but they are still run on a voluntary basis. However, some projects still require SWMPs in order to comply with the BREEAM certification which is used to assess the sustainability of buildings.

In 2012 Wales were making plans to make SWMP regulations mandatory, however by mid 2014 plans to make them voluntary were being discussed. A total of 31 comments were received over the consultation period for the decision, and while the ‘majority of consultation responses were supportive of proposals for site waste management plans for large works', there were said to be ‘mixed views' on the impact on smaller firms, enforcing the plans and fees.

As such, Natural Resources, Culture and Sport Minister John Griffiths has announced that SWMPs will be voluntary, saying: “Recent studies estimate that the 87 per cent of construction and demolition waste is recycled, prepared for re-use or recovered for use elsewhere. Our target is for the industry to achieve 90 per cent by 2019/20, so the sector is on track and I congratulate them for their efforts so far.”

He continued: "I am keen to support businesses, and the industry has already demonstrated that it can achieve high recycling rates. With this in mind, I intend to adopt site waste management plans as a voluntary code of practice in Wales, to be accompanied by best practice guidance."

It's hoped that the move will be beneficial to smaller businesses, following similar successes after removing SWMP regulations in England.

Find Out How Skippy Can Help You With SWMP Regulations

If you require assistance in producing your SWMP or any additional services to run alongside your project like skip hire, commercial waste management, plant or equipment hire, contact Skippy Nationwide. To find out more call us on 03333 218402 or email

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