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Waste Management Plans & Assessments

The Site Waste Management Plans Regulations (2008) were revoked by the government in 2013. The Regulations placed obligations on those who were responsible for construction projects in England that had an estimated value of greater that £300,000, to create, implement, and monitor a Site Waste Management Plan.

Although Site Waste Management Plans are no longer compulsory, credits can be achieved for them under BREEAM / Code for Sustainable Homes (now withdrawn but still applicable to the management of legacy cases) assessments. Some planning authorities may also require a Site Waste Management Plan under planning conditions, and some clients may use them to show their environmental credentials and initiatives.

Ideally these plans should be created before the project starts on site and be maintained and updated throughout the construction process. The plans should describe how materials will be managed efficiently and disposed of legally during the construction of the project, and show how they intend to maximise the reuse and recycling of materials. This should include estimating how much of each type of waste is likely to be produced and the proportion of this waste that is recycled, reused or removed from site.

The Site Waste Management Plan should include the following:

  • identify the types of waste and their expected quantities that will arise from the works on-site;
  • formulate a management strategy to minimise such streams, and put procedures in place for sorting each waste, and recycling or reusing waste where possible, either on-site or off-site;
  • audits of the site to ensure the plan is being properly implemented and its success monitored; and
  • analyse the plan at the end of the project, alongside the actual vs estimated quantities of waste produced.

A Site Waste Management Plan template can be obtained from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Non-Statutory Guidance for Site Waste Management Plans), or from WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).