How to Manage Waste on Your Construction Site

How to Manage Waste on Your Construction Site

Construction sites produce a lot of waste. As a construction worker, it is your job to ensure that waste is kept to an absolute minimum. You owe it to the client you are working for, and you owe it to the environment. The tips on this page should help you out.

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A lot of waste reduction will come through the planning stages of construction. Make sure you know exactly how many materials you are going to require. If you can, you should opt for standard lengths too. This will ensure that you are using as much as your material as possible. This also has the side-benefit of reducing the amount of money you will need to spend on materials.

Portable Toilets

Get some portable toilets on site, and make sure that they are of a high quality. Sure, if you are working on a construction site it is likely that you will have some in place already. However, make sure you have a number of them. You will want them to be within easy reach of all of your staff. If they are spread about everywhere, then it is less likely that your staff will use them. This will increase waste.


Chances are that you are throwing away perfectly good material that you will be able to use in the future. Avoid doing this. Before you throw anything into the dumpster at the end of the day, you are going to want to ensure that you remove everything that you could feasibly use again. If you can’t use the item and it has the potential to be recycled, then make sure that you hire a waste management team to come pick it up. The last thing you want is to fill up landfills with unnecessary waste.

Dedicate Time at the End of Each Day or Job to Clean up the Site

You can work this into the estimate that you give your client. At the end of each working day, make sure that your staff tidy up the site. This means clearing up all of the mess that they have left behind. At the end of the whole project, make sure you do a clean sweep of the area to ensure that absolutely everything is cleared away. It is important that you train your staff how to do this. Many people, after a long day, just want to go home. This is why it needs to be ‘paid time’. It will encourage them to do the work. Once they get into the flow of things, you will find that they naturally start to clean up the site ‘as they go’ as opposed to just doing it at the end of the day. This means that waste will be fully managed.

You will have to remember that managing waste on a building site is going to be a struggle at first. There is a lot that needs to be done. However, put in the effort, and not only will your company save money, but the area will be that much more pleasurable to be in.

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