Construction Site Waste Management Tips

Keeping a busy construction site clear of rubbish during each of the main development phases can be a challenging task, especially if the site in question is particularly large or there are a number of individual contractors working together on the site for the very first time. However, with careful planning and the cooperation of all involved, it is possible to ensure that even the largest of building sites is kept clear of debris from start to finish. Whether you are putting together your very first building site waste management plan or you are a construction industry veteran with many years of experience under your belt, we hope the following tips will come in handy when embarking on your next project. Most tips will involve the use of a skip bin

How to Efficiently Manage Construction Waste

There are a number of measures you can take to ensure that your construction sites are always operated in accordance with relevant health and safety regulations and are kept clear of waste from the laying of the first foundations, all the way through to the painting and decorating of the finished buildings.


  • Find a Reliable Skip Bin Provider – The first and most important step to take when planning how you are going to deal with all the waste generated by your building activity is to find a local skip bin provider on whom you can rely completely. If you are managing a construction site in WA, we can provide you with all the skip bins in Perth and the surrounding area that you require, all at very reasonable rates. If you choose to work with another local supplier, we urge you to check their credentials carefully before signing a contract because it is vital that your chosen skip supplier does not let you down at a crucial phase of your construction project. By ensuring that all of your skip bins are delivered and collected promptly, you can eliminate one of the leading causes of construction waste management problems and make life much easier for yourself in the process.


  • Soliciting Opinions from Architects, Builders and Interior Designers – Whilst you may be the person who is ultimately responsible for ensuring the efficient collection and disposal of all site waste, it is a good idea to include as many people as possible in the planning process so that you can take full advantage of the knowledge and experience they have to offer. Architects, for example, may be able to spot key areas where the construction techniques called for in their building specifications will require faster waste clearance than would normally be the case and thereby help you to deal with potential issues before they have a chance to become serious problems. Experienced builders will be intimately acquainted with the problems that construction waste disposal often poses on large sites and may have many excellent suggestions to offer. Finally, interior designers will be able to help you avoid falling at the last hurdle when completing the final stage of your construction waste management plan.


  • Briefing All Site Personnel – In addition to holding a site meeting at the beginning of your project, to which all involved parties should be invited, every additional worker that arrives on your site after this point should be fully briefed on the waste management procedures you have agreed on with your architects, builders and interior designers.


  • Sorting Waste into Recyclable and Non-Recyclable Materials Onsite – You can lower your waste disposal costs and reduce your carbon foot print at the same time by ensuring that all recyclable waste is separated from general waste materials and placed in different skip bins. In addition to the JFR McGeough Resource Recovery Facility in Shenton Park, which processes around 38,000 tonnes of waste annually, there are many smaller recycling facilities spread across the city and the surrounding area so it should be easy for you to arrange for all recyclable waste materials to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. If you work with a skip bin provider such as ourselves, this is not something you will need to worry about as we will deal with it on your behalf.


  • Locate Waste Collection Points Strategically – There are several important points to bear in mind when deciding on the location of your onsite waste collection points and to make sure that you get it right first time, this is a task that should be accomplished with the assistance of architects, builders and all other interested parties. Firstly, you will, of course, want to make sure that the collection points are not located in areas where construction work is due to take place. Secondly, you must ensure that the collection points do not obstruct any emergency exits that site personnel may have to use in the event of fire. Lastly, you should make sure that your waste collection points are located in areas that are easily accessible by the skip bin hire company you are working with. If you are at all unsure on this last point, speak to your Perth skip bin supplier before making any final decisions: they will be able to tell you what size trucks they use and how much space they need when collecting full skips from your site.

Further Considerations

The location of your construction site may influence some of your decisions when putting together your construction waste management plan. If, for example, you are managing a project in the central business district, you will want to avoid skip bin collections during rush hours when they may hold up local traffic. If, on the other hand, you are managing a building development in a residential area of Perth, you should try to avoid late-night collections in order to minimize any disruption to the lives of local homeowners.

Whether your project is located in the CBD, Osborne Park, Canning Vale, Welshpool, Morley or any other part of the Perth metropolitan area, please do not hesitate to call and speak to us about your requirements whenever convenient. We look forward to meeting all of your construction waste disposal needs in the future.

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