Why Outsourcing Is Your Best Plan for Construction Waste Savings

04 Jul 2017 by Paul Cox

Building projects can make real construction waste savings by contracting an outsourced waste company

There are so many things to think about when managing construction waste. As well the basic task of clearing waste from the site, building site managers have a whole range of areas to consider - complying with legal regulations, operating sustainably and avoiding contamination, for example.

This can all add up to a huge commitment of time and resources, in a sector that is starved of both time and skills. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Smart construction companies realise that rather than trying to do everything themselves, it can be more effective to turn to an outsourced waste company to help them manage their waste.

Here are some of the reasons why outsourcing can lead to big construction waste savings:

Stay on top of construction waste

Construction waste management involves a wide range of tasks and responsibilities. Along with the actual processing of waste materials, there are related activities to consider, including planning, procuring equipment, and assessing suppliers.

Managing all this can be especially difficult when you’re busy thinking about everything else you’ve got to get done on site. Using an outsourced provider, however, gives you the peace of mind of knowing that everything’s in hand – leaving you more time to focus on core activities.

Keep the cost of construction waste down

Managing waste is a significant expense and it’s difficult to know when you’re getting good value. If it’s not your speciality, you could end up paying more than you need to – and costs can spiral if you run into problems.

With extensive experience of building projects, a specialist provider can predict your waste costs with much more certainty, and you can be confident you’re getting the best deal.

Ensure legal compliance

Waste management legislation is complex and always evolving. And construction businesses that don’t comply with it can incur fines, time-consuming disputes and significant damage to brand.

Working with a company that knows its way around all the regulations and legislation can help everything runs smoothly, and you won’t end up bogged down in costly legal action.

Recycle more

Sustainability is a key issue in all business sectors. And it’s particularly important for construction companies, given the large volumes of material they work with. But taking into account the wide variety of waste created on construction sites, it can be difficult to ensure that it’s being sorted in the most environmentally friendly way.

An experienced waste management company will be able to set up processes to help you recycle as much as possible, minimising the amount that is sent to landfill. This may well lead to savings on construction waste. And strong sustainability credentials will also help you win new business.

Build your reputation

Reputation is how big contracts are won and lost. A company that’s perceived as reliable and efficient will be in a strong position to win new business. On the other hand, being perceived as ineffective and irresponsible can cost you valuable opportunities.

Managing your waste in a cost-effective, efficient and sustainable way will not only help you make construction waste savings, it will also go a long way towards safeguarding your reputation. And that’s something that will pay dividends for a long time to come.

Choosing the right waste management partner

Once you’ve decided in principle to outsource your site’s waste management, you need to find the right company to work with. It’s important to think about cost, of course – but that shouldn’t be the only consideration. Businesses that want to build long term success should look at the overall value of a potential contract.

Key issues to think about are likely to include whether the contractor is flexible enough to meet the specific requirements of your sites, whether they use local facilities, their environmental performance and their reporting systems.

You should also look for real evidence to back up any claims that are made. Reconomy recently introduced its innovative Sustain-a-bale system for compacting low density materials on a Barratt London site in West Hendon. This cut the site’s average monthly mixed waste by 84%, and its average monthly waste movements by 45%. It’s hard to argue with demonstrable construction waste savings like that.

Whatever your particular concerns are, choose a company that is happy to take the time to discuss them. Thinking carefully about how best you can work together will lay the foundations for a productive partnership.

Takeaways:

  • Using an outsourced waste specialist gives you the peace of mind of knowing that everything’s in hand – leaving you more time to focus on core business activities.
  • Working with a company that knows its way around the key laws and regulations can help sure everything runs smoothly, and you won’t get bogged down in costly legal action.
  • A company that’s perceived as reliable and efficient will be in a strong position for gaining new business. But being seen as ineffective and irresponsible can cost you valuable opportunities.

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