Top 5 Practical Waste-Saving Tips for Your Construction Site

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  • 3 months ago

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Even though Brexit has been dominating the media, the courts and parliament – the value of sterling has been hit as a result of our decision to leave the EU. And according to the Federation of Master Builders’ State of Trade Survey for Q2 2016, the situation won’t stabilise anytime soon – 65% of firms expect material costs to increase over the next six months, a situation that’s bound to be exacerbated further by rising construction waste costs.

Site managers then, are looking to make cost-savings across the entirety of their sites, including waste-management. It’s no easy task though, when you consider the UK construction sector is the country’s largest consumer of natural resources, using 400 million tonnes of materials while producing 100 million tonnes of waste and disposing of 25 million tonnes of it in landfills.

In order to adopt to these rising challenges, managers need to be progressive in terms of their approach – in order to reduce, reuse and recycle efficiently throughout the management of construction waste costs.

Reducing Landfill Costs

Landfill, and tax disposal charges are continually growing at a rapid rate, which means that landfill is becoming an even greater burden on already tight budgets.

In order to counter this threat:

  • Plan in advance what materials are required for the build to reduce the risk of over-ordering
  • Order standard sizes wherever possible to reduce off-cut levels – and if you are left with off-cuts, use them first before ordering any new materials
  • Check that all materials are handled correctly on site to avoid damage that could inadvertently lead to waste.

How to separate waste effectively

The way that waste is separated and stored is an essential part of effectively managing waste management costs.

Colour-coded skips and a secure waste storage area should be part of your strategy when dealing with waste, bulk bags or wheelie bins for different types of waste.

For leftover bricks, blocks and hardcore, you should aim to deploy a mini crusher and screener.

Train employees in basic segregation procedures, using incentives and rewards to ensure they follow them.

Bring on board a team to exclusively monitor and manage materials and waste either on a full- or part-time basis (depending on your budget).

Maximising Waste’s Potential

You can always make waste work for you, by embracing recycling processes – you can manage your budgets and help to manage future builds.

  • Decide which materials can be recycled or resold. Timber and concrete, for example, require different recycling methods while scrap metal can be sold on to generate revenue.
  • Choose recycled materials for your projects. These offer the same quality as new materials but at lower unit costs.
  • Send mixed waste skips to a Materials Recovery Facility, and if employing waste contractors, choose the one that offers high but verifiable waste recovery rates.

Reusing Existing Materials

You can get more for less with your existing materials – especially when it comes to refurbishment projects.

Once you stripped down old materials – you can reuse them; this gets rid of the need to buy new materials that are often costly.

Work together with other businesses and trades to help you identify any potential opportunities for reusable materials derived from waste.