In 2014, the UK generated 202.8 million tonnes of waste and over half of this waste was generated by the construction, demolition and excavation.
With the construction industry being the largest producer of waste, this means that improving waste management within the construction industry can have a significant impact on the UK’s sustainability as a whole.
By improving waste sustainability within the construction industry, this can lead to a range of benefits that can impact the environment, as well as individual construction companies and the construction industry as a whole.
Benefits for the environment
Sustainable waste management has one key goal in mind: protecting the environment. With the construction industry being such a large contributor to waste production in the UK, it also has the potential to be a big contributor to improving our environmental impact by adopting better waste management strategies.
Did you know that in 2017, 2nd August was marked as our Earth Overshoot Day – the point in the year where we have used more resources than our planet can renew in the whole year. This occurred only 8 months into the year (the earliest point to date) and shows just how important it is that we reuse and recycle our materials as much as possible.
This will help to reduce strain on the environment by conserving natural resources in favour of using the materials we already have. Recycling materials will also help to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites, resulting in less pollution and an overall improvement on our environmental impact.
Benefits for the construction industry
If each construction company was to adopt better waste management strategy, this can have an overall impact on the industry as a whole.
By ensuring that sustainable solutions are found for waste materials, such as reuse and recycling, this reduces the amount of resources that are wasted and sent to landfill sites.
A concentrated focus on reusing materials and using recycled materials over raw, natural resources will help to reduce the cost and energy spent making new products and materials.
With more materials available, the construction industry could benefit from lower costs for building materials, particularly when recycled materials will result in a less exhaustive process for resourcing materials.
Benefits for your company
Finally, we’re focusing on you and how exactly sustainability will benefit your construction company. Many construction companies are focusing on sustainable waste services so that they can maximise the benefits of their waste management solutions.
One of the key benefits that construction companies are most keen about is the minimise environmental impact of their projects and the cost savings that they can see from recycling. This is because diverting construction waste from landfill helps to reduce the burden of landfill tax for their waste disposal.
Having more of a focus on sustainability also helps to create a good image for your business. There is an added appeal for potential clients who may have certain expectations and environmental targets of their own and will be looking for a construction company that can support this.
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JWS are proof that even a small business can make an impact – by individual construction companies taking a more active approach towards sustainability this can help to boost the sustainability of our country as a whole.
These results are made even more achievable by having the right waste service provider at your site. Having specialist there to support you throughout your construction project can be a gamechanger for your business – helping you to meet your clients environmental targets and ultimately the targets of your own company.