Waste Management and Pollution Control For Construction


Waste Management for Building sites

A key part to modern day construction work is the effective management of waste and of course pollution control. Apart from the obvious envronmental and costs saving elements, a well managed site is also a safer site. First Call Signs has a comprehensive range of waste management signs that can help you organise your waste materials in a safe and efficient way. However to give you a brief guide on the control of waste and pollution we have out-lined some of the relevant legislative guides covering building site waste, and also some points for best practice.


Waste Management and Pollution Control Contractors must comply with the following provisions covering waste management and pollution control:

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Clean Air Act 1993,
  • Control Pollution Act 1974, Highways Act 1980, Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989,
  • Environment Protection Act 1990, The Control of Pollution (Special Waste) Regulations 1996,
  • The Builder's (Markings) Regulations 1984, The Collection and Disposal of Waste Regulations 1988,
  • Environmental Protections (Duly of Care) Regulations 1991,
  • The Controlled Waste (Registration Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991,
  • The Control Substances Hazardous to Regulations 2002,
  • The Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Amendment) 1996,
  • The Site Management Plans Regulations 2008.

Contractors involved in the movement of waste must be registered as a carrier of waste with local waste regulation authority and copies of registration to be shown to the main contractor. The main contractor will normally request that they must be given the relevant copy of the prescribed waste transfer indicating the following information: description of the waste, the quantity, how the waste is packed, places of transfer from ownership into the waste site management, date and time of transfer, contractors signature.

  • Contractors are to observe the requirements of The Control of Pollution Act 1974 with particular reference to the controlling of noise and powers of the local authority to serve notice regarding:
  • The type of plant machinery which may, or may not, be used
  • The working hours when noise may be made Maximum levels of noise which may be emitted from any particular point
  • Provision for any change in circumstances

Contractors must ensure that no articles or substances are placed, thrown or allowed to seep watercourse or river.

Contractors providing waste skips are to ensure that all relevant permits are obtained statutory conditions are met.

Suitable barriers, signage, lighting and the like must be positioned and maintained for the currency operations.

Contractors must keep the site tidy and collect waste regularly store materials in the designated area to prevent damage and loss reduce the amount of waste produced by reusing larger off‐cuts elsewhere, rather throwing away Don't throw waste materials into the wrong skip. Don't contaminate one waste type with another. Don't give waste away, as all waste taken off site needs to be accompanied by the appropriate paperwork you have been given responsibility for disposing of your own waste, you must provide evidence Site Manager that this has been carried out legally via waste carriers licence, waste transfer notes etc.

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