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How Can Construction Companies Reduce Project Waste?


How Can Construction Companies Reduce Project Waste?

The construction industry generates a notorious amount of waste – waste that’s not always easy to dispose of, too. However, with the correct level of organisation and planning, you can ensure that your construction project runs smoothly, all while keeping waste levels to a minimum.

In what follows, Enfield Skips will be taking a look at some useful tips that could help you keep waste levels down for your next project.

Create an inventory

The first thing that you want to do to ensure that waste is minimised during your project: create an inventory. Start by figuring out exactly what you have and what you need to get. From there, you need to make sure that the inventory is updated as new materials arrive or are used. This way, you will be able to avoid trips for more hardware, and will guard against costly overordering. 

Designate disposal areas

The last thing that you want to do is start work before you have drawn up a plan detailing exactly where waste will be disposed. Once you have designated specific waste disposal areas, then you want to look into obtaining specific waste containers for different materials, namely: wood, metal and plastic. With all of this in place, staying on top of the waste that you produce throughout the project will be a great deal easier.


One of the ways in which waste materials are created during a construction project is through damage. Yes, avoidable damage equals unnecessary waste. With this in mind, make sure that you store all of your timber on level blocking to minimise damp, and under cover to protect it from the elements. Bricks will need to be stacked up too. 

Not only will this help you to minimise waste, it will also save money on extra materials, too.

Repurpose your materials

Once materials have been stripped, finding a use for them straight away will drastically reduce waste around the construction site. Even performing quick repairs to damaged items such as pallets and fencing could see a significant reduction in waste. On top of this, finding ways to recycle your materials could end up saving you time in the long run, as ordering new materials won’t be necessary.

Select specialists

Working with the right suppliers is absolutely essential if you want to ensure that your waste management plan is executed properly. For example, if your waste is delivered on pallets that you can return at the end of a project, you’ve already eliminated a great deal of waste. Another option is finding a supplier that will buy back anything that you don’t use, meaning the threat of over-ordering isn’t there at all.


Enfield Skips are an environmentally conscious skip hire company, recycling at least 90% of the waste we receive. For more information on our services across Enfield, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Potter’s Bar, Finchley, Barnet, Broxbourne and beyond, please contact a member of our team today!


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