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Keep waste control voluntary

AGENDA - COMMENT

WASTING money in construction seems a big concern for the Government at present, judging by moves to make all contractors draw up waste management plans on jobs over £200,000.

Effective waste management can save firms huge amounts. According to the Government, if half the country's top 2,000 contractors adopted best practice, £100 million would be saved in aggregate costs alone.

With the likes of Hull City Council and East Sussex Unitary Authority calling for contractors to submit plans for minimising waste at bid stage and landfill and transport costs soaring, the argument for better waste management is compelling.

But why not stick with the existing voluntary code of practice for site waste management launched more than a year ago?

When a contractor adopts this voluntary procedure it will be for sound commercial reasons and backed by all from site manager to chairman.

As soon as the procedure becomes compulsory, there is a real risk it becomes a form-filling exercise carried out by people already burdened by too much paperwork.