Waste Management is a central component of achieving sustainability. While the sites available for landfill are quickly becoming more scarce, the cost of disposal continues to rise significantly as tax rates climb. Waste management is therefore becoming an increasingly important part of the development and construction process.
It is vital to consider waste management at the planning stages of a project and to consider the project in its totality. Whilst this may at first glance appear to be a straight forward process the legal and logistical requirements may be extensive and can be complex.
Adherence to the waste hierarchy and following waste management best practice should minimise waste and maximise resource efficiency. In addition to the environmental and sustainability drivers, this efficiency can also result in cost savings. The notion of the circular economy is becoming increasingly important as a perspective for understanding the whole life calculations of any project, development and initiative
Chartered Surveyors provide comprehensive advice on waste management strategies that may be part of a broader project or a stand alone concern.
See Dr Borne's waste management section on the RICS ISURV Sustainability channel