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Site Waste Management Plans

Site Waste Management Plans

A Site Waste Management Plan (or 'SWMP') provides a structure for waste delivery and disposal at all stages during a construction project.

Typically it will identify the following:

  • Who will be responsible for resource management
  • What types of waste will be generated
  • How the waste will be managed – will it be reduced, reused or recycled?
  • Which contractors will be used to ensure the waste is correctly recycled or disposed of responsibly and legally
  • How the quantity of waste generated from the project will be measured.
Who is affected by a SWMP?

SWMPs affect:

  • Anyone planning a construction project costing more than £300,000 in England.
  • Suppliers to the construction industry.
Why do I need a SWMP?

It will protect the environment - SWMPs help to manage and reduce the amount of waste that construction projects produce and that means less waste going to landfill. There are many other environmental benefits including less harm to the local environment, less fly tipping, reduced energy consumption and a greater take-up of recycled materials.

How a SWMP can benefit you

Ultimately the Site Waste Management Plan will save you money and, in some instances, materials that would be disposed of can be recycled resulting in a monetary return.  Managing your materials supply more efficiently immediately cuts costs

Any queries from environmental regulators or the local council regarding waste can be answered simply and easily, saving you time.  A SWMP can also help your business avoid prosecution by making sure all waste leaving site ends up at the right place

It shows how waste is managed and could help to cut costs. Your customers will find it valuable to see where environmental and cost savings are being made.

The materials and waste on a building site are more responsibly managed and therefore are less of a risk to the local environment.  Once a SWMP is complete it becomes a useful tool that shows how resources have been used and waste managed, giving you valuable information for the future.