The contractor’s management of the project waste plan and waste sorting at source

Groups: 
  • Design-Build Contracts
Category: 
  • Waste management

Basic

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The production of construction materials accounts for a large share of the energy and climate footprint in construction projects. 

By creating a waste plan and planning the measures for ensuring that materials are sorted and processed correctly, it is possible to ensure that as much of the waste as possible can be sent for recycling or reuse.

Requirement Specification: 

The contractor must prepare and implement a waste plan for the project that fulfils the developer’s goals relating to waste sorting at source. The waste plan must include all waste that will be produced in the contract, specified by type, volume and processing type. The contractor must have procedures in place to follow up on subcontractors’ fulfilment of the requirement in line with the requirements set down in the technical regulations to the Norwegian Planning and Building Act.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

The best thing we can do for the environment is not to use unnecessary resources. Proper planning is therefore crucial so that we throw away less.

In order to reduce waste from construction sites, the waste pyramid (figure 1) shows the order in which the measures should be taken. The most effective measures are at the top, in line with the priorities in the EU framework directive on waste.

 

Bilderesultat for avfallspyramiden

Figure 1: The waste pyramid shows the priorities for reducing waste. It should be read from top to bottom.

It is important to ensure that a waste contractor has been appointed prior to the project starting, so that solutions are in place from day one. It is crucial that the contractor has a plan in place concerning the logistics associated with sorting of waste on site and the transport of waste in the various phases of the project, in order to succeed in the goal of having a high degree of waste sorting on site. The client should also request this plan as part of the monthly reports and should provide feedback in the event of any non-conformities in order to ensure that there is a continuous focus on waste management. There are good economics associated with a reduction in the volume of waste and in sorting the waste that occurs to the extent practically possible.

Advanced

Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The production of construction materials accounts for a large share of the energy and climate footprint in construction projects. 

By creating a waste plan and planning the measures for ensuring that materials are sorted and processed correctly, it is possible to ensure that as much of the waste as possible can be sent for recycling or reuse.

Requirement Specification: 

The contractor must prepare and implement a waste plan for the project that fulfils the developer’s goals relating to waste sorting at source. The waste plan must include all waste that will be produced in the contract, specified by type, volume and processing type. The contractor must have procedures in place to follow up on subcontractors’ fulfilment of the requirement in line with the requirements set down in the technical regulations to the Norwegian Planning and Building Act.

The contractor must also propose measures to reduce waste volumes.

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

The best thing we can do for the environment is not to use unnecessary resources. Proper planning is therefore crucial so that we throw away less.

In order to reduce waste from construction sites, the waste pyramid (figure 1) shows the order in which the measures should be taken. The most effective measures are at the top, in line with the priorities in the EU framework directive on waste.

 

Bilderesultat for avfallspyramiden

Figure 1: The waste pyramid shows the priorities for reducing waste. It should be read from top to bottom.

It is important to ensure that a waste contractor has been appointed prior to the project starting, so that solutions are in place from day one. It is crucial that the contractor has a plan in place concerning the logistics associated with sorting of waste on site and the transport of waste in the various phases of the project, in order to succeed in the goal of having a high degree of waste sorting on site. The client should also request this plan as part of the monthly reports and should provide feedback in the event of any non-conformities in order to ensure that there is a continuous focus on waste management. There are good economics associated with a reduction in the volume of waste and in sorting the waste that occurs to the extent practically possible.

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Published: 25. Nov 2020, Last modified: 28. Dec 2020