Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP)

Site waste is harmful to the environment and costly to business. DEFRA (department of environment, food and rural affairs) introduced Site Waste Management Plans in April 2008 to help tackle this.

How we can help?

Not only can we advise you of the steps you need to take to meet your SWMP obligations we can also provide advanced reporting for all of your skip movements / waste tonnage for any site that we deliver to, thus reducing your administration costs.

Who is affected by an SWMP?

It is now a legal requirement in England for anyone carrying out a construction project, which began after the 6th April 2008 with a project value over £300,000 to have an SWMP in place.

Why do you need an SWMP?

The SWMP is designed to help protect the environment by encouraging anyone who is carrying out a construction project to plan, manage and reduce the amount of waste they produce, which means less waste going to landfill.

The Facts
  • Average cost of 8 cubic yard skip £150.00
  • Average cost of waste thrown in the skip £1,200.00
  • In the UK it is estimated that 13% of materials delivered to site are not used or damaged and end up in the site skip.
  • UK produces approximately 72 million tonnes of waste from the construction industry, which is the equivalent of 1.45 tonnes of waste for every single person in the UK.
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    11 simple steps to help you comply.

    If you are a business or person that intends to carry out a construction project with a value exceeding £300k, you must ensure that a SWMP is in place. SWMP legislation came into force in April 2008. Very simply, a SWMP is a document that identifies how waste arising during a construction process is to be managed. The main/prime contractor is responsible for developing the SWMP and the legislation imposes obligations on clients also. At present there is no requirement to submit an SWMP for approval to any authoritative body, but a copy must be held on site for the duration of the works and could be subject to inspection by local authority or environment inspectors.

    The following step-by-step process will help you to ensure your SWMP complies.

    Step One: Confirm the project details in the plan i.e. project name, location, value and very importantly, who is responsible for producing and up dating the site waste management plan (SWMP).

    Step Two: Identify the waste types that will be generated during the project and if possible, the estimated quantities.

    Step Three: Decide what your waste strategy is i.e. segregation on site, off site or both and state your arrangements for the site skips or disposal method.

    Step Four: Nominate your waste contractor(s).

    Step Five: Check the off site disposal/recycling arrangements and ensure that your waste contractors waste carriers and management license details are entered into the plan along with confirmation of the registered disposal address.

    Step Six: Make sure that your staff and all site sub-contractors that will be involved with the project are aware of and sign up to the SWMP arrangements.

    Step Seven: Ensure that your waste contractor can provide you with detailed information including dates, transfer notes, volumes and types of waste removed from site. This information must be recorded in the plan. Lessons can also be learnt from this information, which will help you to make decisions on how to reduce and recover more waste from similar projects in the future.

    Step Eight: Up date the SWMP regularly to ensure that the project is going to plan.

    Step Nine: Measure the generated waste against your estimates and if they are way out, learn from this for implementation next time.

    Step Ten: Review and sign off your plan on completion. Discuss the project and SWMP with colleagues and clients to identify ways of reducing the amount of waste arising and how to recycle the waste to minimize landfill.

    Step Eleven: Remember to keep your plan and all relevant information safe for 2 years.

    For more information contact us on 08450 707 330