The principles of waste minimisation will be communicated to the workforce and applied to the materials used on all projects and in relation to all supply companies. These principles in order of priority are:
To implement these principles a waste minimisation partnership between 24-7 and all major supply companies is essential. The procedures listed below will help all parties meet their legal and environmental responsibilities. They should be followed whenever practicable.
- Remove packaging at source, to avoid waste issues on site. It is recognised that a degree of protection is necessary to protect equipment; however excess packaging should be avoided.
- Use re-usable, sustainable and/or easily de-gradable packaging materials, pallets etc.
- Arrange for used packaging to be removed from site by the Supply Company, either immediately or on follow up visits. 24-7 project management must ensure that re-usable or recyclable waste is segregated and stored so that it properly protects waste materials and allows for easy retrieval.
- Deliver items directly to designated storage or work areas. Wherever possible mobile storage equipment should be provided to aid logistical issues. 24-7 project management must ensure that details of site rules and procedures are made known to Supply Companies, who in turn must inform all delivery drivers of site rules including delivery procedures, PPE, etc.
- Wherever possible 24-7 project management must consolidate material orders. This will minimise packaging, reduce carbon usage, due to reduced deliveries to site and lead to associated cost savings.
- 24-7 project management should encourage the use of pre-fabricated modules or pre-cut and finished support systems.
- All parties must remain vigilant to legal changes or updates, industry initiatives and improvements in technology. Internal policy changes should also be communicated and discussed between relevant parties on a regular basis.
- Best practice should be shared between Companies.
A robust line of communication between 24-7 and supply companies is essential to the successful implementation of these procedures.
As well as the environmental advantages of the above, site safety can also be, enhanced, items such as manual handling, safe access and egress, housekeeping and fire related issues can all be improved by better storage and handling procedures and the reduction of waste materials and packaging in the work area.