There is also a compelling case for minimizing construction waste, particularly on large projects, for commercial, environmental and logistical benefits. We were appointed to advise on a strategy for managing construction and demolition waste arising from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. This included a full design stage waste minimization review using tools to identify potential waste reduction opportunities throughout the design stage of the project, the development of a site waste management plan and post-implementation monitoring.
We also provided support in gaining regulatory approval for an innovative on-site waste sorting area which resulted in clean segregated waste streams being removed from the site, significantly increasing the project recycling rate. This approach resulted in a 6,500-tonne reduction in construction waste and 90% of waste being diverted from landfill.