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Average Skip thought to contain £1200 in Waste

Construction works in England costing £300,000 or more are subject to new regulations from this week as part of the Government’s drive to reduce construction waste, site accidents and fly-tipping.

The Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) Regulations 2008, which came into force on 6th April, require construction clients, prior to any works being started, to ensure that a SWMP has been prepared.


This must identify the waste which will be generated from the works and set out how it will be dealt with.


During construction, the principal contractor, not necessarily the "Principal Contractor" mentioned in the CDM Regulations, must monitor, implement and update the plan.


If the works were planned before 6 April, the regulations will not apply providing construction begins before 1 July. A more detailed SWMP is required for projects with a value of £500,000 or above.


The cost of the project is agreed between the principal contractor and client at tender. The Government advises any contractor unsure of the cost of a project to use the British Cost Information Service’s standard form to help with calculations.


It believes that the reduction of waste may lead to cost savings. During consultation on the regulations, it pointed out that the average eight cubic yard skip costs around £150 and the average cost of what is being thrown away in that skip is over £1200.