By law, construction projects with a budget of over £300,000 must have a site waste management plan (SWMP) in order to detail how the project plans to manage and maintain construction materials in the interest of minimising waste. From the outset, the contractor, developer, designer, architect, or the client must start the arduous task of complying with all current waste and recycling legislation(although legally the client is responsible for the plan being completed, they can appoint someone to do this for them). With the progression of sustainability in construction over the last decade, it is now against the law to start construction work with an SWMP.
According to the Gov UK website an SWMP must include:
- what kind of waste your site produces
- how you dispose of the waste e.g reuse, recycle, landfill
- who your waste carrier is and their registration number
- the address and environmental permit or exemption number of the site where your waste is going
Current legislation means that you will have to cover these main steps when producing your SWMP which include:
- Basic project details
- Waste prevention action plan
- Forecast waste
- Waste reduction action plan
- Waste carrier plan
- Waste destination plan
- Waste management and recovery action plan
- Actual waste movements
- Declaration of intent
Throughout the construction process you are expected to update your SWMP with your actual waste movements due to certain logistical and waste management hurdles which you will come across which will, in turn, change your site waste management plan.
You can get a Site Waste Management Plan Template from WRAP .