Managing Packaging Waste On Your Construction Site

Published on January 18, 2007 at 5:37 AM

Construction sites generate more packaging waste than any other waste stream. On average, 34% of waste from construction sites is packaging waste (timber, cardboard, plastic, etc). Envirowise has produced a packaging guide with steps to reduce the amount of packaging waste generated, coupled with greater re-use and recycling, result in significant cost and other benefits.

This Good Practice Guide describes practical solutions to achieve these benefits, including the importance of waste segregation. The Guide includes a number of tools to help site managers improve their packaging waste management.

The packaging guide examines the following:

  • The benefits of taking action to minimise packaging waste.

  • The types of packaging and packaging waste found on construction sites.

  • Packaging waste legislation in the UK.

  • A range of practical measures to eliminate, reduce, re-use and recycle packaging waste.

  • How to achieve efficient waste segregation.

  • Management issues associated with minimising packaging waste.

  • A range of tools and resources to help you improve packaging waste management at your site.

  • Other sources of information and advice including a CD-rom, A2 poster, toolbox talk example and an example Site Packaging Waste Management Plan (SPWMP) checklist and guidance document.

Envirowise offers a range of free services including:

  • Free advice from Envirowise experts through the Environment and Energy

  • A variety of publications that provide up-to-date information on waste minimisation issues, methods and successes.

  • Guidance on resource efficiency clubs across the UK that provide a chance for:
    local companies to meet regularly and share best practices in waste minimisation.

  • Free events and practical workshops for construction including a series of events on Site Waste Management Plans.

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