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The UK construction industry has come a long way with its recycling initiatives, but with a little planning, we can do even more. The key is smart construction waste disposals, and for businesses based in Somerset; Southwood trade waste and recycling centre could be the solution.
Whether it’s from packaging or building materials used in a project, construction waste in many industries is inevitable. It is often underestimated and can be an expensive cost if not disposed of correctly. In 2016, 61% of waste generated in the UK was from the construction, demolition, and excavation industries (66.2 million tonnes of waste). However, these industries also managed to recover 60.2 million tonnes of this waste, which equates to 91% of this total. This means that, despite the UK’s high output of demolition and construction waste, our reuse and recycling processes are impressive.
Benefits of managing your construction waste correctly
To help maintain the high levels of recycling being achieved and to reduce how much waste we send to landfills, your business needs to understand how to manage its waste correctly. This is crucial in order to help the UK construction industry to minimise its environmental impact and the demands it places on our landfills.
In doing so, you’ll also improve your business’s sustainability, safety and cost-efficiency. Here are some of the added benefits of good construction waste management:
- Compliance – Under The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, it is a legal requirement for businesses to control their waste. This applies to any business that produces, imports or exports, carries or transports, keeps or stores, treats, or disposes of waste.
- High standards of health and safety – Proper waste handling protects your workers and members of the public from accidents. For example, leaving waste around that could fall onto people or cause a trip is a hazard and can result in a legal claim against your company.
- Reduced costs – Correct construction waste management reduces costs in several ways. You can reduce costs by reusing materials and you can prevent paying twice for a material; firstly when it goes to waste and secondly when paying to have it removed. Also, by segregating mixed waste into single waste streams and disposing of each of them separately, you will reduce the amount of mixed waste being disposed, which is the most expensive when it comes to disposal.
- Improved reputation – Businesses that demonstrate they’re doing their part for the environment will develop a positive reputation, which improves their relationships with customers and clients. It can even help you gain opportunities with government-funded projects, which often require certain standards of waste management to be in place.
Types of construction waste
Construction, demolition, and excavation sites all generate various types of waste, which The Waste Regulations 2011 requires you to properly manage and dispose of. The bulk of construction waste comes from inert wastes, which include:
- Concrete, bricks, tiles, cement, and ceramics
- Soil, stones, rubble and dredging
Other common materials include:
- Plasterboard waste
- Glass and uPVC
- Metallic waste (such as pipes)
Did you know that Commercial Recycling can accept hazardous wastes at their disposal facility in Dorset, for more information please call 01202 331560
As well as having a positive impact on the environment, disposing of your construction waste correctly can help reduce your costs considerably. Waste can often account for 2-3% of construction cost, impacting significantly on profit margins and if not disposed of correctly, can incur heavy fines. Read this article: Waste firm ordered to pay more than £1.2m for waste offences.
Commercial Recycling is committed to helping businesses achieve sustainable waste management solutions that are cost effective and we currently recycle over 80% of all the waste we receive.
It is also worth noting that virtually all the inert wastes received at Canford Recycling Centre are recovered, recycled and manufactured into various construction aggregates that are used extensively in the Dorset area.
“We believe our clients choose our sites because as an organisation we are committed to affordable waste solutions that ensure high recovery and recycling levels.” Stuart Mariner, Sales Manager, Commercial Recycling.
Our Somerset waste disposal and recycling site
Our Somerset waste recycling centre in Evercreech near Shepton Mallet in Somerset is a licensed disposal facility, which is open to businesses, tradesmen and contractors. The site is easily accessed via the A371 and benefits of this facility include:
- Convenient opening hours: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 5pm
- Inert tipping facility
- Hard standing surface throughout the site
- Licensed to accept multiple waste streams (please see below)
- Automated dual weighbridge
Our Somerset trade waste and recycling centre is chosen by many local construction companies because we accept a wide range of waste streams including:
- Construction and demolition waste
- General / Commercial waste (Loose and Compacted)
- Inerts inc. clay, hardcore, concrete, tarmac
- Wood waste
- WEEE waste
- Green waste
- Tyre waste
If you’re working in Somerset on a project with demolition, excavation or construction waste, ensure you take steps to reduce your landfill costs. Contact Commercial Recycling today on 01749 830889 and we will assist you.
Did you know we also have a recycling centre in Dorset? Based in Wimborne, near Bournemouth, our site accepts all sorts of waste including WEEE and hazardous waste. Customers visiting the Wimborne Recycling Centre are also able to pick up a wide range of aggregates that are produced by the state-of-the-art facilities onsite, and are able to order hazardous waste disposal boxes for the safe and compliant collection and disposal of small amounts of hazardous waste.