Managing construction waste more efficiently

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Managing waste on your construction site can be a bit tricky. With all the different waste streams generated on these sites, there’s a lot you’ll need to have covered. Here’s Flame UK’s guide to managing your construction waste more efficiently to keep all your site’s waste streams covered.

Sanitation Waste

You’ll need to provide your workers with all the necessary sanitation facilities. Ensuring that your staff have access to clean and hygienic sanitation facilities, not only ensures that you’re meeting regulations from the Health and Safety guidance, but it also means your staff will feel more comfortable. You’ll need to consider hiring things like portable toilets and feminine hygiene bins.

Hiring portable toilets for your site is the best solution for providing your staff with access to clean and hygienic sanitation facilities. These can easily be transported onto sites, making them even more convenient for more remote construction sites. Working on a bigger, multistorey construction site? You can even get portable toilets that are lifted and placed on the different storeys of the building. Making it even easier to keep your site hygienic and preventing any lost time from making the trip up and down the construction site.

Hazardous Waste

It’s likely that you’ll have to deal with hazardous waste on your construction site. You could come into contact with a variety of hazardous materials. For example, asbestos, mechanical oils, paints, and solvents. All this waste needs handling with care to ensure the safety of everyone working on your site and the environment surrounding it. You’ll need the processes in place to identify, store and dispose of the materials safely. Only authorised personnel should handle hazardous waste, wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. You should store this type of waste in sealed containers with the correct labelling to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Packaging Waste

Packaging waste is one of the most common waste streams you’ll find on construction sites. You’ll probably be dealing with everything from plastic and cardboard waste to wooden pallets. Choosing to use recycled or reusable packaging can help to reduce the waste you’re producing. Making sure you have the correct containers for this waste is important too. Choosing the right bin and skip size makes sure that your site has enough space for its waste, minimising the chance of any littering on site. Making sure your staff have the proper training is also a great way to make sure that your site recycles as much as possible. Clearly labelled recycling bins and designated recycling points are another way to make sure your construction site achieves any recycling ambitions.

Food Waste

If your site has a place for workers to have breaks and eat their lunch, your site’s going to encounter food waste. You can reduce waste on your site by encouraging staff to bring reusable containers and minimise the amount of single-use plastic they bring onto site. You can dispose of any food waste in a separate bin. This means that the food waste can be recycled through methods like Anaerobic Digestion or In-Vessel Composting, turning it into a new product. Separating food waste also means that none of your food waste contaminates recyclable materials, ensuring that you can recycle as much waste as possible.

Construction waste

The largest waste stream a construction site will see is construction and demolition waste. This covers a wide range of materials including concrete, wood, bricks, and metals. These can be disposed of in skips or Roll on Rolls offs and taken away to be recycled when your container is full. Our team of experts will advise you on the appropriate skip size and number for your requirements. They will also arrange for collections when you’re finished. Skips can even be lockable to make sure no materials are removed if the skip is in a public area. Construction and demolition waste will then go to a waste processing site for recycling and recovery.

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Need help managing waste on your construction site? Our team of waste experts can help you create a bespoke waste management plan covering everything from portable toilets to food waste recycling. Contact us today to find out more about how Flame UK can support your construction site.

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