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Changing practices and handy hints on waste management

Why are waste management practices changing?

In recent years several larger metropolitan centres have seen lot frontages becoming narrower and an overall decrease in lot size to accommodate higher density living to meet a growing housing demand. However, this also introduces new challenges regarding how waste is managed, particularly on smaller lots.    

Typically as part of obtaining development approval a condition requiring a waste management plan to be submitted prior to commencement of works is applied to larger scale developments. Though in more recent times similar waste management plan conditions are being applied to smaller scale developments requiring all waste management practices to occur on site in an organised way. Whilst this can create a good outcome for the environment it can be problematic in other areas as it adds further constraint to the efficient operation of the building site.

As some local government authorities are imposing tighter restrictions with regard to how waste must be stored and sorted on site, HIA is receiving an increased number of queries from members relating to waste management practices. HIA is here to help with some handy hints on how to manage waste.

Handy hints on waste management

Waste management is an unavoidable part of the building and construction industry. The good news is there are many simple changes you can make to waste management practices on site that will reduce waste fees and potentially save money.

The first of these is to segregate waste. This is achieved by a dedicated waste section on-site with specific bins, skips or bags for different types of building waste. A team that knows how to manage waste effectively could save costs for those projects currently hiring a specialised team to do this task or expensive tip fees by just putting everything into a skip or as part of waste removal.

Mixed building waste is generally the most expensive in waste disposal fees but clean fill, concrete and brick rubble waste, timber will be much cheaper and depending on locations be disposed off at specific waste transfer stations dedicated to that type of waste. Many places will also take scrap metal for free or may even pay you money for drop off.

Training your employees to use this system is the next step.

Another waste management practice that has twofold positive effects is to deconstruct instead of demolishing. Demolition is a messy, polluting procedure that has far less long-term gain than precise deconstruction. Deconstruction allows for a safe environment and a high potential to reuse or sell recycled materials in the process.

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