How should construction sites comply with the regulations?

Construction sites present contractors with different waste-related challenges from many other businesses and we have developed sector-specific guidance to help them deal with these. These difficulties will vary from site to site so contractors may well have to revise waste management strategies according to the size, location and the waste management services available at that site. 

It should be noted that the regulations take the form of a “Duty of Care” which simply require you to take all reasonable steps to ensure your waste is handled in the correct way. To assist you in this, we have developed some simple flow diagrams (see below) indicating what would be deemed as compliant by the regulatory authorities. We have also included diagrams of what we would recommend as best practice and we have developed both in ways that would be appropriate for a site with plenty of space as well as for sites where space is at a premium. 

Most of the waste materials you produce on a building site have a value when recycled or reused so segregating them, in a way that enables that process to happen more easily, can help reduce your waste costs and could actually earn you money and it is worth noting that the value of certain recyclable materials is affected if they get wet so it can pay you to keep them dry. Your waste contractors should be able to advise on how best to retain the value of the waste you produce.

You will find a wide range of waste management services via the Business Resource Centre on our website

Minimum Requirements (on sites with constrained space):

Minimum Requirements (on unconstrained sites):


Best Practice (in unconstrained sites):

Best practice (Constrained space):