With the UK government supporting over £500 billion in infrastructure projects, with half to be completed before 2020, there is more pressure than ever on the construction sector to deliver.

This pressure is increased due to constraints in labour, resources, and compliance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Additionally, the Asian infrastructure market is set to expand at an even faster rate, making resources for construction use volatile in both price and availability. The Construction Products Association have reported that 88% of contractors and manufacturers have seen price rises in the past year alone for construction products in the UK. As price becomes more volatile and resources become scarce, UK SMEs need a way to reduce their exposure, future proof their business and continue to meet client expectations.

Reducing material waste and integrating this with project management is becoming a focal point of many in the construction sector to help alleviate this pressure. The construction sector is the largest consumer of resources, making up 50% of Scotland’s total waste – 15% of raw materials end up in the skip, and many in landfill.

Managing the waste from an infrastructure project starts early on in the process, with emphasis on design responsibility. However, waste management spreads out over the entire construction value chain, all the way to on-site construction. For many SMEs, time pressures, uncertainty of cost savings, and access to finance understandably prevent businesses from reducing material costs on their own.

To allow SMEs to explore waste management solutions, Zero Waste Scotland (supported by the Scottish Government) have outlined support for construction businesses; ranging from direct impartial technical advice, tools and guides, and financial support with funds and loans.

For more information, or to find out what support is available for your business, contact Zero Waste Scotland:

0808 808 2268

The information in this blog has been supplied by Beyond Green in September 2017. It should be viewed as general guidance only and is not intended to replace professional advice.