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Building A Sustainable Construction Industry

posted in News by Skippy on 12:13 Apr 10th, 2015

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Over the last decade the attitude towards waste by the majority of the construction industry has evolved considerably, as most now recognise the benefits of recycling and reusing resources. One of the major milestones came from the need to identify key opportunities for managing waste effectively with a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP).

Recycling Rates Increase For The C&D Industry

SWMP regulations have since been retracted but their effect was to create a different way of thinking within the building industry, encouraging consideration of things such as waste size, types and products, teaming up with a reliable waste partner or designing the project with recycled or recyclable products.

The end result of the legislation was to make the UK one of the European leaders of recycling construction and demolitions waste (C&D), achieving 66.4% in 2012. Some projects over the last few years have even recorded landfill diversion rates of over 90%. The average rate is predicted to increase to 75.5% by 2020, which will allow it comply with the Waste Framework Directive.

It has been predicted that the amount of C&D waste created in the UK will increase by an average of 3% per year rising to around 133 million tonnes in 2020. But with landfill sites currently shrinking around the country, the industry is going to have to learn to continue focusing on reducing waste and improving recycling rates in all areas of work.

What Is Designing For Destruction?

Designing buildings in a way which considers their destruction at the end of their life is a new concept which is quickly gaining attention in the construction industry. It is an idea which is intended to help reduce waste resources and find a way in which they can be used again after their initial purpose is finished. Architects are asking greater questions of the products they plan to use, including the origins, recycled content and recyclability.

In recent years the technology and infrastructure has been developed to make recycling process more efficient, with more diverse construction materials now recyclable including carpets, mattresses, plasterboard, electronics and much more. The challenge is to bring all of these together to work much more economically and sustainably as problems can occur such as the distances between them which add unnecessary costs and time delays.

Find Out How Skippy Can Help You With SWMP Regulations

If you require assistance with any SWMP regulations 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 about SWMP regulations call us on 03333 218402 or email  

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