Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) aim to reduce the amount of waste produced on construction sites by setting out how building materials, and any resulting waste, will be managed during a project. The plan is then updated during the construction process to record and confirm how materials are reused, recycled or disposed of. SWMPs are often now called Resource Management Plans.
There is no legal requirement for an SWMP but implementing one will help manage materials more effectively and help reduce waste and costs. Regardless of whether an SWMP is used, all construction companies have a duty of care towards managing their waste under s.34 of the Environmental Protection Act and an SWMP can help by raising the profile of waste planning, improving the environmental awareness of a workforce. It can also help ensure compliance with the regulations.
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