Did you know in 2016 the construction industry accounted for 60% of all materials used, 33% of waste and 45% of emissions generated in the UK?
However, all scary statistics come hand in hand with an opportunity for change and in 2008 Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) were introduced in a bid to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to landfill. SWMPs encourage all construction projects costing over £30’000 to record the volume of waste created and document it’s disposal.
So what impact have SWMPs had? A good one by the looks of things! Despite not being compulsory, since 2008 the construction industry has improved the amount of waste recovered from demolition and construction by >70%!
The next step, in the quest to reduce waste from construction, is to look to reducing waste at the design stage, in particular, aiming for an eco-friendly approach to the deconstruction of an existing build and the re-use/ recycling of these materials (e.g BREEAM award credits for the re-use or refurbishment of materials during the demolition stage!).
Waste is a big topic in the construction industry so look out for more thrilling reads on the JAW blog soon.
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