The building industry is one of the fastest growing industries and with this growth; the need for waste control is becoming increasingly important for all stakeholders in the sector.
Here are the 5 things you need to know for waste control in the building industry;
- Managing your waste – One major factor to consider in waste control involves ways to manage your waste. Set aside an area for storing materials and waste and have different containers for different types of waste. Be sure to choose an area which is secure and safe from the elements and from vandalism.
- Minimising and disposing of waste – There are various ways of minimizing and disposing of waste. Ways of minimizing waste can include selecting products which have minimal packaging and products which offer potential to minimize waste. When disposing your waste it is important to find the nearest waste sites to save on time and transport costs. Consider what methods you would like to use in disposing of liquid wastes and lubricants.
- Organizing your waste – Organizing your waste is important to allow for proper disposal. Consider the materials on use at the site; can some of the waste materials be reused to reduce waste? Find out whether some of the surplus materials can be returned to the supplier or can be sold or used in another project. Once your waste has been organized and classified, it is important to create categories and colour codes for proper disposal.
- Training and proper communication – It is important that you ensure all personnel are properly trained. Once the waste control plans are drawn up, it is important to share this plan with all staff and distribute roles and responsibilities.
- Upholding laws – Ensure all waste control and management laws are followed by the regulatory bodies to avoid hefty fine and penalties.
These 5 tips are important when carrying out proper waste control in the building industry.