The construction and demolition industries, unsurprisingly, produce an incredible amount of waste. Over 400 million tonnes of natural resources are used each year by these industries, and from that, over 100 million tonnes of waste is produced – this accounts for around 60% of all waste produced in the UK. While that sounds scary, you will be pleased to know that around 93% of that is recovered and used again. However, if we want to achieve that zero waste to landfill target, there’s still room for improvement.
In this guide, the Brown Recycling team will be covering construction waste in-depth, and also sharing some tips on how we can all get better at managing and recycling it.
Firstly, before we start looking at tips, let’s take a look at some of the key types of construction waste that you might find on a site. These are:
According to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, it is a legal requirement for businesses to properly recycle or dispose of their waste. This applies to those that produce, import or export, transport, store, treat, or dispose of waste.
In this section, we’re going to be going over some of the key questions and points of consideration that those taking on construction projects might ask. These are:
In this section, we’re going to be talking about some of the key waste management solutions that you’re going to require during your construction project. As we touched on earlier, finding the right waste container for your project is absolutely essential and will play a fundamental role in controlling the waste you create on site.
The most commonly used skip sizes on any scale construction project are the 8 yard builders skip and the 12 and 14-yard skip, all chain-lift. However, for large scale projects (i.e. demolition projects), the bulk carrying 20 to 40 yard hook-lift skips are usually preferred, especially when working to a deadline.
While mixed-waste skips might be better suited to smaller projects, larger projects will more likely benefit from a source-segregated waste stream approach (on-site waste segregation). While this requires more waste containers and more space on site, it also means that you can have your segregated recyclable waste streams collected at discounted rates – saving you money – and your overall waste recycling rate for the project will be much higher (as high as 100%, assuming there’s no contamination). For larger companies, having this sort of recycling rate is absolutely essential if you want to meet testing targets and be eligible for certain certifications, such as BREEAM.
Here at Brown Recycling, we’re always striving to help construction companies meet such targets, which is why we can offer a variety of different waste containers to meet your requirements, and we will always aim to recycle 100% of the segregated waste that you generate.
If you’re looking for a partner for your next construction project, look no further than Brown Recycling. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, we have been offering our services and expertise to construction companies in the surrounding areas for many years, so you can be sure that we will be able to steer your project to success and help you stay legally compliant. Give us a call today for more information.
You can ask us a question online using our contact form. Simply provide your name, email (purely for confirmation purposes) and the details of your enquiry, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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