Defra Scrap SWMP Regulations To Cut Red Tape
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Defra Scrap SWMP Regulations To Cut Red Tape

posted in News by Skippy on 12:00 Jul 1st, 2014

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Back in December the regulation was dropped which made it a legal requirement of any construction business in England to produce a Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for their building projects. The requirement was ended under the government’s drive to reduce red tape by dropping regulations which are either ineffective or hold back growth.
SWMP Regulations Scrapped By Defra To Aid Business Growth
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.
In England you are no longer required by law to produce a SWMP for construction projects worth over £300,000, but they will still be run on a voluntary basis. However, some projects will still require SWMPs in order to comply with the BREEAM certification which is used to assess the sustainability of buildings.
What Is The Purpose Of A SWMP?
·         Improve efficiency and profitability – By promoting re-use, recycling and recovery of waste, rather than disposal.
·         Reduce fly-tipping – By keeping full records of waste removed from sites and complying with waste duty of care regulations.
·         Increase environmental awareness – Your environmental management system is likely to improve the more your workers are aware of their responsibilities.
This move is part of the government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’, which sets out to remove regulations that prevent the smooth growth of businesses or are simply ineffective. According to Defra, removing aspects of the Site Waste Management Plan regulations ‘should provide a reduction in the regulatory burden to businesses without any significant environment impact’.
What Is The Industry Opinion On SWMP’s?
In July last year the government asked a number of industry managers their opinions on scrapping the regulations before the decision was made. Of the 169 responses which were received, 49% of were in favour of the department’s plans, with the exact same amount saying they were not in favour – showing an equal split over the decision.
However, the majority of respondents also indicated that they would continue to use SWMPs or a similar process if the Regulations were repealed. In the Defra document it states that, “Repealing the Regulations will provide a cost saving to business, while giving the option of retaining SWMP as a tool that can be applied to any project to help identify savings.
“Reducing waste saves businesses money, and with awareness and the appropriate guidance already available we would expect business to take every opportunity to reduce costs in this way.”
Find Out How Skippy Can Help You With Your SWMP Requirements

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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