If you are involved in a construction or demolition project, in the UK, worth ÂŁ300,000 or more, you have a legal duty to complete a Site Waste Management Plan, often abbreviated to SWMP. If your project is worth ÂŁ500,000 or more, the requirements become more detailed.
A SWMP is started before any construction activity begins (although you are advised to prepare one immediately if you have started work without one). You create an estimate of the types of waste that will be produced on a project, and the quantity of each type of waste.
There are three main aims of a SWMP:
- Improve efficiency and profitability by promoting reuse, recycling and recovery of waste, rather than disposal.
- Reduce fly-tipping by keeping a full audit trail of waste removed from sites and complying with waste duty of care regulations
- Increase environmental awareness of your workforce and management – Your environmental management performance is likely to improve the more your workers are aware of their responsibilities. Including Site Waste Management Plan information in induction training or as part of environmental awareness training can help with this aim.
- Satisfying CODE, BREEAM and CCS requirements as necessary
Our Commercial Site Waste Management Consultancy ensures that your business is compliant with Waste Legislation and ISO9001 / ISO14001 requirements.